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Jeanette Dawa

University of Nairobi

Country: Kenya

Institution: University of Nairobi

Area of Research: An assessment of breast cancer risk factors among urban black Kenyan females.


Jeanette Dawa pursued her PhD at the KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research of the College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine & Surgery from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. Her doctoral research involved describing the burden of influenza-associated respiratory illness in Kenya and modeling the potential impact of including the influenza vaccine in the national immunization program. Prior to commencing her PhD studies, Jeanette worked at the Department of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics at the School of Medicine, the University of Nairobi, Kenya managing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded grant that was awarded to support health care worker training in Kenya, and a National Institutes of Health planning grant to support the establishment of a physician-scientist research training program at the University of Nairobi. Jeanette also provides consultancy services to the recently established Kenya National Immunization Technical Advisory Group. Jeanette is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow under the Young African Leaders Initiative of the United States government, which seeks to empower young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. She is also a recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in-country scholarship, as well as a recipient of the Tropical Diseases Modelling Network Seed Funding Programme 2016 which were awarded in support of her doctoral research.