Jeremiah Chakaya serves as the Head of the National TB Control Program of the Ministry of Health in Kenya. In 1979, he joined the University of Nairobi and completed an M.D. degree in 1985. Following his graduation, he became a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health, working in two rural hospitals in Eastern and Nyanza provinces of Kenya. He later returned to the University of Nairobi to undertake a master degree in internal medicine in 1988 and joined the Kenya Medical Research Institute in 1992 to pursue a career in respiratory medicine research and practice. It was at this time that he became intimately involved in TB care and control. He took this interest to the University of London where he undertook a postgraduate training in lung medicine in 1994–1995 and then to Kyorin University in Tokyo, Japan, to undertake a course in fiber optic bronchoscopy. He has been practicing lung medicine, including TB care, in Kenya since 1997. He initiated a private-public mix TB treatment project in Nairobi in 2002 and became the Head of the National TB Control Program of the Ministry of Health in 2003. In 2005, he was elected the Chair of the Working Group on DOTS Expansion (DEWG) of the Stop TB Partnership. He also serves on a variety of other TB-related bodies including the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on TB; the Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization Subgroup for country level of the ACSM Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership; the task force for health system strengthening of SATG-TB; a Core Group Member of the Subgroup for private-public mix for DOTS of the DEWG. He accomplished authority of several papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He plans to continue contributing to TB control in Kenya and globally through an in-depth analysis of health system constraints that hinder TB control. This research will also lead to the acquisition of a Ph.D. degree.
Biography Updated on 23 February 2012