Administrative/Technical Staff Profile


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Isaac Ngere

Medical Epidemiologist

Departments

  • WSU Global Health - Kenya 

Affiliated Organizations

  • Member, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
  • Member, Kenya Medical Association

isaac.ngere@wsu.edu
Phone: +254-724963660 (Kenya)

 

Biography

Dr. Isaac Ngere is a medical epidemiologist at Washington State University Global Health – Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi and Master of Science degree in Field Epidemiology from Moi University, Kenya. Dr. Ngere has five years of experience in the public health sector in Kenya particularly in areas of disease prevention and control, public health research, implementation science and health systems management. He has held positions in both junior and senior managerial level in public service in the Government of Kenya and in County Governments.

His research interests and experience include neglected tropical diseases, emerging infectious diseases, infectious disease outbreak detection and response, public health hygiene, malaria and HIV AIDS. Between 2012 and 2014, Dr. Ngere served in various senior management positions at the public health sector where he oversaw setting up of health programs (HIV) in Siaya County at the onset of devolution of health services. During this period, his notable success included his efforts to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices such as the menstrual hygiene and cash transfer program into routine health care and public health settings in Siaya County to inform government policy of providing menstrual cups and cash support for young vulnerable girls in Siaya County. Between 2014 and 2016, Dr. Ngere served as a student fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Nairobi where his notable contribution included a technical evaluation of the surveillance systems relevant of human and livestock health in Kenya. Under the Zoolink suite of studies, he conducted a study to estimate the prevalence and risk factors of Dengue and Chikungunya infection among febrile children seeking health care at a referral hospital in western Kenya. In the same period, Dr. Ngere also served as a resident under the Kenya Field Epidemiology Training Program (FELTP) where he led outbreak investigations for Malaria in Western Kenya and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Nakuru County. Between 2016 and 2017, Dr. Ngere served at senior management level in Siaya County where he led research activities and HIV program implementation in Siaya County. 

Personal Statement

My interest in research started when I joined public service and upon realizing that health problems need simple evidence-based solutions that impact on populations. I have since set out to apply simple methods to systematically address health challenges during my day to day work. I pay attention to details and I love to know why and how things work. This is why I love research. Aside from research, I cannot resist the temptation to travel and the urge to occasionally watch an epic movie.

Education and Training

Dec 2017 -- Present:  
Medical Epidemiologist, Washington State University Global Health - Kenya

May 2016 – Dec 2017    
Epidemiologist, County Government of Siaya

May 2016 – Dec 2017    
County HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Research Coordinator and Deputy Director, Siaya County Government, Kenya

May 2012 –Sept 2014:          
Sub County Medical Officer of Health, Kenya

March 2012-May 2012:         
Medical Superintendent, Level 4 Hospital, Kenya

2017 -- Present     
Member, National Rabies Elimination Coordinating Committee (NREC)

General Research / Expertise

At WSU Global Health - Kenya, Dr. Ngere offers his expertise in the coordination of several studies. He is primarily responsible for coordination of surveillance for Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus and associated zoonotic pathogens in camels and camel handlers in four counties in Kenya. He is also responsible for coordination of tetanus immunity study to evaluate of the protective immune response following tetanus vaccination among men aged 10-49 years in Western Kenya. He also supports the anthrax study which seeks to determine seroprevalence among humans and dogs in different ecological zones in Kenya and identify hotspots and associated ecological factors. Dr. Ngere also offers technical support to the antimicrobial resistance study that seeks to determine antibiotic use patterns and colonization with resistant microorganisms in hospitals and communities in Kenya.

Research Contributions

Dr. Ngere’s research contribution is mainly in helping translate public health research and innovation into routine health care service provision and policy. This has shortened the time from research to policy through linking evidence with health implementation.

Research Details

  1. Adolescent schoolgirls’ experiences of menstrual cups and pads in rural western Kenya: a qualitative study

    We examined the feasibility, acceptability, use, and safety of menstrual cups or sanitary pads among 14–16-year-old girls, in 30 primary schools in rural western Kenya. This study was to inform government policy on supporting supply of menstrual hygiene information including comparing use of menstrual cup versus pads among young school girls in Western Kenya.

  2. The Vicious Worm-A Taenia Solium taeniosis/cysticercosis health education tool-in Swahili
We enhanced access to information on control and prevention of infection with Taenia Solium to create awareness and provide evidence-based health education. To increase the reach of the tool, a new version in Swahili was developed and availed for download free of charge to the public.
Select Publications
  • Chiara Trevisan, Chiara Trevisan, Chiara Trevisan, Eric M. Fèvre, Maurice Owiny, Isaac Ngere, Maria Vang Johansen (2017) Minyoo Matata – The Vicious Worm – A Taenia solium Computer-Based Health-Education Tool – in Swahili Trends in Parasitology Volume 33, Issue 10, p746–748, October 2017 PMID: PMCID: Article
  • Murat Sahin , Linda Mason, Kayla Laserson, Kelvin Oruko, Elizabeth Nyothach, Kelly Alexander, Alie Eleveld, Emily Isiye, Isaac Ngere, Jackton Omoto, Aisha Mohammed, John Vulule, Penelope Phillips-Howard (2015) Adolescent schoolgirls' experiences of menstrual cups and pads in rural western Kenya: a qualitative study Waterlines Vol 34, Issue 9 PMID: PMCID: Article