Faculty Profile


Eric Osoro

Eric Osoro

MD, MSc.

eric.osoro@wsu.edu

Phone: +254-722216391 (Kenya)

 

Biography:
Dr. Eric Osoro is a Medical Epidemiologist and Deputy Country Director of the WSU Global Health Program - Kenya. Dr. Osoro obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Moi University, Kenya in 2004. Following graduation he joined the public health service practicing in district hospitals in different parts of the country. He joined the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Applied Epidemiology in 2010.  Dr. Osoro has also undertaken a fellowship on Emerging Pandemic Threats and One Health with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). In 2010, he was appointed a regional epidemiologist in Western Province of Kenya where his responsibilities included coordinating communicable diseases prevention and control activities. In 2012, Dr. Osoro joined the Zoonotic Disease Unit which is the coordinating one health office in the Government of Kenya. He was involved in novel initiatives bringing together animal and human health professions to address zoonotic diseases. These included development of guidelines for control of zoonoses including rabies and rift valley fever, participating in collaborative field research projects on brucellosis and influenza and conducting surveillance and outbreak investigations. In 2016, he joined WHO as part of the team which was responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone before his current assignment. 

General Research / Expertise:
Dr. Osoro is an investigator in a number of research projects at the WSU Global Health Program - Kenya. He conducts field research at community and hospital level. His area of study is on emerging and zoonotic diseases such as Zika virus infection outcomes and burden of zoonotic diseases in Kenya. His research seeks to establish areas where the diseases occur frequently and reasons for such occurrence. This information is crucial to inform evidence-based interventions to reduce the burden of zoonotic diseases.

Research Contributions: general
Dr. Osoro’s main research contribution is the understanding the burden of zoonotic diseases such as brucellosis and rabies in Kenya. This includes investigating how the interlinkage between humans and animals affect the occurrence of these diseases. Our research on brucellosis documented the burden in different parts of the country contributing to formulation of targeted health interventions. He has also been involved in linking research and policy by collating research findings to develop of disease control guidelines.