Kenya Medical Research Institute
University of California
University of California – Global Health Institute
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health
The SD4H Fellowship Program is run under the leadership of Dr. Louisa Ndunyu as the Principal Investigator. She is lecturer and Chair, Department of Public Health at Maseno University. (Demography and Population Studies). The Department aims to be an excellence global leader in public health discovery, innovations, dissemination of knowledge, committed to community service in pursue of Universal Health Coverage for healthy populations. All with the ultimate aim of making a difference in public health training, research, policy and practice.
The SD4H is a consortium among Kenyan and United States (US) institutions including Maseno University (MU), the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI). It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fogarty International Center (FIC).
The SD4H Program provides intensive graduate training for Kenyan PhD and MSc /MPH candidates with a focus on improving HIV health outcomes through innovative food security and poverty alleviation interventions. We aspire to create a cadre of graduate trainees who will become the next generation of HIV researchers with trans-disciplinary expertise in public health, HIV health, and development sciences in order to help address the vicious cycle of poverty, food insecurity and poor HIV health.
During the five-year sandwich program (04/22/2020 - 12/31/2024), we will train 4 PhD and 9 Master’s students, as well as additional Maseno University students who will participate in the annual SD4H workshops and on-line courses, and faculty who attend the mentoring development workshop. PhD and Master’s students will receive most of their education at Maseno University, with doctoral students spending a year at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to complete the year-long Advanced Training in Clinical Research certificate, and Masters Students taking part in online courses at UCSF and University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI). Upon completion, the Kenyan scientists will engage in producing evidence-based SD4H research to improve health among HIV-infected and affected populations, will mentor the next generation of junior scientists in this field, and will play a critical role in policy and community health practices locally, regionally and internationally. For additional information,