• Clinical Instructor, Global Health
Willis Akhwale
Email: 
wilak4@uw.edu
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Biography 

Dr. Willis Akhwale holds a degree in Medicine from the University Of Nairobi, Kenya and a PhD in Tropical Medicine from Tokyo Women's Medical University in Japan. Dr. Akhwale has held several senior positions within the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH) where he has been responsible for managing a $16 million PEPFAR supported CDC cooperative agreement on the advancement of public health practices in Kenya. While at MOH Kenya, he was also responsible for the management of Global Fund and World Bank grants. He has more than 20 years of global health experience in tropical medicine with interests in infectious disease control, health informatics, health systems strengthening and project management. His work in the area of malaria control in Kenya has received the recognition of the Kenyan President. He has served on technical committees at World Health Organization (WHO), Global Fund and at Centers for Disease Control (CDC). He is a recipient of Charles C. Shephard Science Award for his excellent contribution to science.

Dr. Akhwale joined the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH, Kenya) in June 2014 as the Country Director. In this role he advances I-TECH’s strategic priorities, supervises senior managers and ensures, programs are planned and implemented with high quality on time and under budget.

Education 
  • PhD (Tokyo Women's Medical University)
  • MBChB (University of Nairobi (Kenya))
Country Affiliations 
Languages 
  • Kiswahili
Health Topics 
  • Health Information Systems
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Malaria
Publications 

Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey 2012.Kevin M De Cock, George W Rutherford, and Willis Akhwale -Banyaszati es Kohaszati Lapok (Kohaszati) 66 Suppl 1:S1 (2014) PMID 24732813

The effect of mobile phone text-message reminders on Kenyan health workers' adherence to malaria treatment guidelines: a cluster randomised trial Dejan Zurovac, Raymond K Sudoi, Willis S Akhwale, Moses Ndiritu, Davidson Hamer, Alexander K Rowe, and Robert W Snow The Lancet 378(9793):795 (2011) PMID 21820166 PMCID PMC3163847

Kenya AIDS Indicator Surveys 2007 and 2012: implications for public health policies for HIV prevention and treatment. William K Maina, Andrea Kim, George W Rutherford, Malayah Harper, Boniface O K'Oyugi, Shahnaaz Sharif, George Kichamu, Nicholas Muraguri, Willis Akhwale, Kevin M De Cock, and Kevin M De Cock Banyaszati es Kohaszati Lapok (Kohaszati) 66 Suppl 1:S130 (2014) PMID 24732817

Anemia and malaria at different altitudes in the western highlands of Kenya.Willis S Akhwale, J Koji Lum, Akira Kaneko, Hideaki Eto, Charles Obonyo, Anders Björkman, and Takatoshi Kobayakawa Acta Tropica 91(2):167 (2004) PMID 15234666

Epidemiology of plasmodium-helminth co-infection in Africa: populations at risk, potential impact on anemia, and prospects for combining control.Simon Brooker, Willis Akhwale, Rachel Pullan, Benson Estambale, Siân E Clarke, Robert W Snow, and Peter J HotezAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 77(6 Suppl):88 (2007) PMID 18165479 PMCID PMC2637949