Staff Team

Allan Mbuthia Kamanda

Allan is the project coordinator for the OSCAR Research Project on secondment from his position of Planning and Development Officer, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. His credentials include MPH (Health Service Management) from the School of Public Health, Moi University and a BSc., in Mathematics and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University. He has extensive training in project co-ordination through the research coordinator education program from Indiana University.

Dominic Nyakoe Makori

Dominic holds a BA in Community Development from Kisii University. He also holds a diploma in social work and community development. Dominic was a social worker and counselor in both Family Impact Africa in 2008 and in the Rescue Centre Eldoret-Kenya in 2009. He also worked at Tumaini Children’s Innovation Center as an Outreach Social Worker in 2010. He started working for the OSCAR research project as a Street Outreach Worker in 2011. At the end of OSCAR 1.0 he worked for the Family Therapy and Intervention Study as a Research Assistant. Then in 2014 he rejoined the the OSCAR follow up project OSCAR 2.0 as the Project Social Worker.

Vincent Kiprono

Vincent Kiprono holds a BSc., in Information Technology from the University of Eldoret. He also holds a diploma in Information Technology, Rift Valley Technical Training Institute. Vincent is a data assistant with the OSCAR Research Project. He has extensive experience as a data assistant having worked on the International Epidemiologic Databases to evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) in East Africa, Kenya and Primary Health Care (PHC)-AMPATH.

Nelly Chepyego

Nelly Chepyego holds a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Eldoret. She also holds a Higher National Diploma in Human Resource Management. Nelly is a data assistant with the OSCAR research project.

Evans Njagi

Evans is the Clinical Officer at OSCAR 2.0. He holds a BSc. in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from the Kenya Medical Training College. He completed his internship at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital with rotations through all clinical departments including medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology, and ophthalmology. He participated in various other research projects: 25-hydroxy-vitamin D level and insulin sensitivity in diabetes mellitus type 2 patients at MTRH and the Rapid Diagnostic test on Cryptoccocal meningitis in patients living with HIV at MTRH. Evans has attended several workshops such as: Malaria Pathophysiology and Treatment which was put on by Sonafi Pharmaceuticals; family planning by Jhpiego in collaboration with  John Hopkins University; and Bedside Ultrasound in Obstetrics by MTRH and Moi university.

Elsie Luvai

Elsie is working as a Research Assistant with OSCAR. Her main area of work includes household and institutional costing. She has a degree in business management accounting option. She is currently at the CPA III level. Elsie loves working with the community.

Collins Khaemba

Collins has a BSc. in Nursing and Public Health from the Kenyatta University and works as the Project Nurse with OSCAR. He believes that when human beings experience trauma or illness and are not able to access healthcare, it is not uncommon for tension to build up and their lives to unravel in different ways. His great passion is bringing healthcare to the community and vulnerable populations. He assists his clients (children, adults, families, street-involved children and youth) to find healthcare and maintain a healthy lifestyle so they can be peaceful, complete, whole and safe.

He doesn’t think that there is one single approach that is right for every individual and chose to train in a range of modalities including global recognition and assessment of the sick patient and initial treatment, collaborative institutional training initiative (CITI) as well as HIV management.

Martha Teliany Mukung

Martha Mukung holds a Diploma in Counseling Psychology from Hekima College. She is the HIV Testing Services and Counselor for the OSCAR Research project. Martha is passionate about her work with street-involved children. She frequently volunteers her time to work with them at the “barracks” which is their informal housing in Eldoret.

Caroline Ombok

Caroline Ombok holds an MSc.in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nairobi and is currently working on her PhD in Anthropology at Moi University. She is also a tutorial fellow at the Moi University giving overviews on: child psychology; human sexuality; psychotherapy; and psychological assessment. Caroline is the clinical psychologist for OSCAR and has participated in several research activities in health related areas such as Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, Malaria Indicator Survey and Kenya Demographic Health Survey among others.

John Ayieko

John is a Peer Navigator with the OSCAR Research Project. His primary responsibility is to engage with street-involved male children and adolescents and encourage them to come to the OSCAR clinic for HIV testing and counselling, and treatment.

John visits the “barracks”, the informal housing for street-involved children on a daily basis to encourage their adherence to their HIV treatment, counsel them on substance abuse and educate them on STIs and HIV. He also visits any street-involved children that have been hospitalized at MTRH and helps to provide for their needs.

Regina Purity Kendi Lobun

Regina Lobun is a Peer Navigator with the OSCAR Research Project. Her primary responsibility is to engage with street-involved female children and adolescents and encourage them to come to the OSCAR clinic for HIV testing and counselling, and treatment.

Regina visits the “barracks”, the informal housing for street-involved children, daily to encourage their adherence to their HIV treatment, counsel them on substance abuse and educate them on STIs and HIV. She also visits any street-involved children that have been hospitalized at MTRH and helps to provide for their needs.

Daniel Tama

Daniel Tama holds a Kenya Certificate in Secondary Education. He is also a trained volunteer child officer by the department of children affairs in Uasin Gishu County (Koisagat – sub-location).

Daniel’s objective is to help the research team focus and address the unique vulnerability of orphan children and attain its goals in the community. He is interested developing a strong positive relationship with the community, youth empowerment, and assisting vulnerable members of the community.

Emily Keen

Emily holds a diploma in Community Development and Social Work. She is working at the Koisagat location (Lolkinyei – sub-location). Her objective is to help the research team attain its goals in an efficient and effective manner. Emily is hoping to attain knowledge, skills and experience to make a meaningful contribution to society. She is enthusiastic about visiting and assisting members in the community who are sick and are living in poverty.

Monica Koech

Monica holds a diploma in community development and social work. She is a Community Health Worker at the Kapyemit location. She has a keen interest in working with the community and helping vulnerable members of society.

James Macharia

James Macharia holds a diploma in Public Kealth and is currently working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Sciences at Moi University where he is in his second year of study. He is working as a Community Health Worker, Kapsoya location. James has also training in palliative care and is interested in research, community resource mobilization, health education and health promotion. James has also been involved in research related to alcohol abuse among men in Kapsoya location.

David Cheruiyot

David works as a Community Health Worker from Pioneer Location which has the most OSCAR enrolled households. He holds a certificate in Guidance and Counseling from Eldoret College of Professional Studies. David is currently trying to deepen his understanding of families in the community in order to develop programs to assist families that are having problems.

His experience with the OSCAR study from 2010 to the present has improved and enhanced his community mobilization skills, allowing him to efficiently collect data and conduct focus group discussions. Additionally he is trained in translation work, having completed several translations of study tools from English to Kiswahili.

Philip Sawe

Philip Sawe holds a Kenya Certificate in Secondary Education and works as a Community Health Worker at Oleinguse location. His objective is to help the research team focus and address the unique vulnerability of orphan children and attain its goals in the community. He also assists those less fortunate in his community.

Additionally Philip holds a certificate in building and construction and has received training in road construction. He is particularly interested in working in his community to help build infrastructure and community policing.

Lucy Mugendy

Lucy is a Home-Based Care Community Health Worker, Olare location. She holds a certificate in Prevention of Mother-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS. Lucy has received training and attended several seminars including: Risk Assessment and Security Management Training for Human Rights Defendents; Household recruitment site assessment, scheduling, and CHW documentation as a community health worker; Education for life: Behaviour change for life in relation to HIV/AIDS. MCH/FP Community Based Distribution Training; Home and Community Based Care in HIV/AIDS training organized by NASCOP; and Facilitator’s training in conflict resolution.