Dr. Damaris Matoke-Muhia, Selected to Join the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme!

Dr Matoke-Muhia has been selected to join the prestigious Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership programme. She is a biomedical research scientist dedicated to vector borne disease research. At PAMCA she serves as Programme Manager, Capacity Building, Gender Mainstreaming and Career Progression where she leads the Women in Vector Control programme which aims at “Strengthening the role of Women in Vector Control in Africa”. Her focus on women is not just a function of the gender discrimination she faces to this day. It’s also driven by the knowledge that the world has been trying to fight malaria with one hand tied behind its back.

Damaris is involved in both field and laboratory research where she studies mosquito behavior, insecticide resistance monitoring and research on new techniques to control malaria. In villages across Kenya, she surveys mosquito breeding sites, investigates the effectiveness of vector control tools, conducts health education, and malaria parasite genotyping. On the international level, she is helping women rise to leadership positions in the fight against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Damaris is passionate in mentoring young career scientists and advocates for the advancement of women scientists. 

The aim of the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme  is to support aspirational Public Health Leaders (Fellows) from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, manage and lead public health programmes that will transform public health in Africa. Fellows admitted in the programme will be senior public health professionals will contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa, and in turn mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.  Damaris was extremely elated and humbled to receive the prestigious Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme and looks forward to learning from the best. 

The entire PAMCA team is extremely proud of her. 

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