CARTA Fellow trained in the management and research of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Italy
Cohort Eight Fellow Samuel Mwaniki from the University of Nairobi participated in a three-day intensive course on the basic knowledge about diagnosis, management and research in Sexually Transmitted Infections.
The one-week course in Bertinoro, Italy from June12-25, 2018 was a stimulating opportunity to interact with faculty drawn from world-renowned STI research and practice leaders, and thus the privilege to learn from the best in the field. The knowledge gained will also be valuable in developing the literature review and methods sections for his PhD work.
The interactions and networks with participants from diverse professional and geographical backgrounds offered him potential opportunities for future research collaboration such as PhD students from Russia and Austria.
The course aimed to help participants obtain a wide-range update on STI, discuss STI research and clinical cases and envisage potential strategies and interventions to fight the spread of STI at a global level.
“This fit very well with my proposed PhD work whose current working title is: ‘Burden of HIV and STI among male university students who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya. I received updates on the global epidemiology of STI which indicate a high disease burden especially with the advent of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV infection.”
He also had an opportunity to interact with companies that supply diagnostics for STI and receive information on current diagnostic methods, including pooling of samples to test for multiple pathogens e.g. testing urine and rectal samples for Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma genitalium, Neisseria gonorrhea and Trichomonas vaginalis. There were also updates on the current recommended treatments for various STI.
“The knowledge I gained will be very helpful in developing the research protocol for my PhD work,” he said.