St. Joseph’s Rapogi High School (somewhere in Migori county) in 2005; then went to Maseno university in 2007. Completed my Masters degree from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2016
BSc. Applied Statistics ; MSc. Epidemiology
Joined KEMRI immediately after university and have worked here for the past 7 years. Never been happier
KEMRI Wellcome Trust
Favourite thing to do in my job: working together with other people using data to check progress and make decisions that affect the heath of the population
I am a statistician and I work other scientists in KEMRI to study the health of the population in Kilifi
I have worked here for the past 7 years. My role in the programme can be summarized using the following two questions?
Has child survival improved over the years? That is, has death in children reduced or is it getting worse? Why?
A vaccine meant too prevent pneumonia was launched in Kilifi 7 years ago. Is it working? Have we seen decrease in the number of hospital admissions due to pneumonia?
It takes more than one person to answer these two fundamental questions. And I am part of that group.
My Typical Day
Starts at 8am and ends at 5 pm. Involves meetings with colleagues and working on analysis projects
The first thing I do when I arrive at works draw a short list of things that I need to accomplish by the end of the day. I then think about how I will get them done.
Like I mentioned, there is so much collaboration and this means that meetings are necessary so I also schedule my meetings to occur mostly in the afternoon.
Some of the projects I am involved in require days in terms of analysis so each day I complete smaller sections of the analysis.
Quite often I also get to advise and assist other colleagues in different projects with their analysis.
At the end of the day I check off all the completed tasks on my shortlist and plan for the next day
What I'd do with the money
Use it on a select number of students and organize for them to meet other people in other professions for them to appreciate the whole range of career opportunities
Most of the money will be spent on facilitating travel for a select number of students who will get to meet people in different professions and experience different work environments in order to fully understand the choices available to them.
This is something that is currently not adequately incorporated in the curriculum
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Believer, honest , not funny
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Be an engineer….everyone wanted to be an engineer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
yes. in form four. got caught playing banta/gololi/gwash behind the dormitory. I was too old for such
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
dancer – i think
Who is your favourite singer or band?
who sang that song called Bazokizo? That one.
What's your favourite food?
Chapo/Wali and Maharagwe (chapo ndondo)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I refuse to say this
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. be a dancer 2. be an action figure 3. having all the money in the world would be ok too.
Tell us a joke.
But i said I am not funny