Prof. Benson Estambale, MBChB (UoN) M.Sc.; DTM&H, (LSTM) (UK), Ph.D (UoN)

Positions currently held at JOOUST:
Professor - Department of Biological Sciences

(DVC) RIO - Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Innovation and Outreach

My Biography

Physician by training and specialist in the management and control of tropical and infectious diseases. Involved in various health research activities of public health importance including epidemiology and control HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, Leishmaniasis, Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis and other climate sensitive vector borne diseases such as Rift Valley Fever. Have served and still do in various capacities either as a principal investigator, project director or programme coordinator as well as committee/board member of various research projects and programmes. Principal Investigator in the WHO/TDR/IDRC multi-country project on population health vulnerabilities and resilience to climate sensitive vector borne diseases in Africa as well as Coordinator of the JOOUST component of the CDC funded University HIV Fellowship Training Programme. Have also been involved in the scale-up programmes for antiretroviral therapy (ART) in health facilities of the County Government of Nairobi. For nine (9) years since 2003, was the Director of the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (UNITID) and was instrumental in the establishment of the Institute and setting up of the infrastructure for post basic degree training and health research. By the end of my tenure, the Institute had over 30 grants/research projects and over 20 linkages and established training programmes at masters and PhDs as well as a Fellowship Programme.

Appointed the Deputy Principal in charge of Research, Innovation and Outreach (RIO) at Bondo University College in January 2013 and subsequently Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research Innovation and Outreach) at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST).