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Prof. Fred Were

Professor of Perinatal/ Newborn Medicine & Dean of the school of Medicine, University of Nairobi, (UON)
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Paediatric Research, Consortium

Fred Were graduated with medical degree from the UON in 1984. He then undertook pediatric residency at the Kenyatta National Hospital, the teaching facility of the UON, graduating as a paediatrician in 1990. From 1991 he spent two years at the Monash University/Medical Centre training for and obtaining Fellowship in Perinatal/Neonatal Medicine in 1993. He was appointed Lecturer in the University of Nairobi in 1994. In 2007 he obtained his PhD at the UON. Prof Were’s research interests lie in the areas of newborn medicine (with particular emphasis on nutrition of Low Birth Weight Infants) and health systems. He is committed to promoting child health advocacy displaying particular vigor in the area of increasing childhood immunization coverage and public awareness. He has generated over 130 publications from his research activities. 2007 he obtained his PhD at the UON. Prof Were’s research interests lie in the areas of newborn medicine (with particular emphasis on nutrition of Low Birth Weight Infants) and health systems. He is committed to promoting child health advocacy displaying particular vigor in the area of increasing childhood immunization coverage and public awareness. He has generated over 130 publications from his research activities.

Professor Were serves/served as National Chairman of The Kenya Paediatric Association (2002-2012), Committee member of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine (2008-2011), member of the International Paediatric Association Standing Committee (2013-2016), Chairman of The Network for Education and Support in Immunizations (from 2014), President of The Eastern African Paeditric Association (from 2010), President of the International Society of Tropical Paediatrics (2014-2017)

and Member of the Gobal Rotavirus Academy. Professor Were sits/has sat on many immunization related committees, among them; The WHO African Technical Advisory Group for Measles (2013-2016), the WHO African Technical Advisory Groups for immunizations (2012-2015), the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunizations (SAGE) (from 2013). Locally he is Chair of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) (from 2014), the National Polio Certification Committee (from 2013) and The National Immunization Coordinating Committee (from 2017). He has also participated in many advocacy groups including the African Vaccines & Immunization Network and the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts.