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Dr. Eric Osoro is a Medical Epidemiologist and Deputy Country Director of the WSU Global Health Program - Kenya. Dr. Osoro obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Moi University, Kenya in 2004. Following graduation he joined the public health service practicing in district hospitals in different parts of the country. He joined the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Applied Epidemiology in 2010. Dr. Osoro has also undertaken a fellowship on Emerging Pandemic Threats and One Health with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). In 2010, he was appointed a regional epidemiologist in Western Province of Kenya where his responsibilities included coordinating communicable diseases prevention and control activities. In 2012, Dr. Osoro joined the Zoonotic Disease Unit which is the coordinating one health office in the Government of Kenya. He was involved in novel initiatives bringing together animal and human health professions to address zoonotic diseases. These included development of guidelines for control of zoonoses including rabies and rift valley fever, participating in collaborative field research projects on brucellosis and influenza and conducting surveillance and outbreak investigations. In 2016, he joined WHO as part of the team which was responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone before his current assignment.
My interest in public health was nurtured during several years of clinical practice in middle level hospitals in Kenya. I frequently had to attend to scores of people affected by a disease outbreak such as anthrax, manage children with preventable diseases, and trauma from road crash victims. When I was charged with the responsibility of monitoring quality of care in our unit, I began enquiring on how we could reduce the apparently preventable cases. I quickly realized there no systematic documentation and the observations were only known to us and desired to get the skills to address the need. I therefore decided to purse a career in epidemiology to contribute to generating the information needed to apply interventions to public health problems. Besides my professional duties position, I have a passion for reading and travelling.
Education and Training
- 1998-2004. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
- 2008-2012. Master of Science(Applied Epidemiology), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
- 2011- 2012. Fellowship on Emerging Pandemic Threats and One Health, African Field Epidemiology Network, Kampala, Uganda
- Osoro EM, Munyua P, Omulo S, Ogola E, Ade F, Mbatha P, Mbabu M, Ng'ang'a Z, Kairu S, Maritim M2, Thumbi SM, Bitek A, Gaichugi S, Rubin C, Njenga K, Guerra M. (2015) Strong Association Between Human and Animal Brucella Seropositivity in a Linked Study in Kenya, 2012-2013. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 93(2):224-31. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh. PMID: 26101275 PMCID: PMC4530738
- Munyua P, Bitek A, Osoro E, Pieracci EG, Muema J, Mwatondo A, Kungu M, Nanyingi M, Gharpure R, Njenga K, Thumbi SM. (2016) Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases in Kenya, 2015. PLoS One. 11(8):e0161576. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161576. PMID: 27557120 PMCID: PMC4996421
- Mbabu M, Njeru I, File S, Osoro E, Kiambi S, Bitek A, Ithondeka P, Kairu-Wanyoike S, Sharif S, Gogstad E, Gakuya F, Sandhaus K, Munyua P, Montgomery J, Breiman R, Rubin C, Njenga K. (2014) Establishing a One Health office in Kenya. Pan Afr Med J. 19:106. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2014.19.106.4588. PMID: 25722779 PMCID: PMC4337352