Background

During initial discussions started at the GCRF Conference in 2018, we established a clear need for research to help LMICs establish successful universal HPV vaccination. HPV vaccination is an important primary prevention intervention in a comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control programme. Yet relatively few LMICs have a universal vaccination programme. There are many challenges; overcoming them requires expertise in biology, virology, sociology, anthropology, public health and public policy, as well as strong connections to policy makers, practitioners and community organisations.

Workshop Details

Working together with key partners, this workshop will bring stakeholders and experts from multiple disciplines and contexts together for a week in May/June 2019. The three-day workshop will be led by Kent and hosted by AMREF University in Nairobi.

The aims:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the situation (HPV vaccination in Africa), drawing in perspectives of multiple stakeholders and different specialities.
  • Identify opportunities and priorities for collaborative research to help identify strategies for improving the situation in different contexts.
  • Map the relevant expertise available in the UK and through partner organisations in different contexts, and identify ways to strategically expand our network.
  • Identify key areas for sharing expertise and capacity building across the partnership

For more information, please contact Dr Rebecca Cassidy: r.j.cassidy@kent.ac.uk

Biographies of workshop leaders

The following academics/practitioners will present on the workshop outcomes at Kent’s GCRF Conference in July 2019.

University of Kent workshop leaders

Dr Rebecca Cassidy (Centre for Health Services Studies)

Dr Tim Fenton (School of Biosciences)

Prof Michael Calnan (SSPSSR)

Dr Erica Gadsby (Centre for Health Services Studies)

Prof Martin Michaelis (School of Biosciences)

Dr Mark Wass (School of Biosciences)

Dr Josephat Nyagero (Amref International University)

Dr Josephat Nyagero is a Senior Lecturer and Ag Director of Research, Innovation, Consultancy and Extension at Amref International University. Josephat has over 25 years’ experience in various research institutions and universities. His research interest is in health systems strengthening including reproductive health and health insurance.

He has worked in various departments within Amref Health Africa from Health Behaviour Officer to Senior Researcher. He is also currently the Technical Lead in Research at Amref Health Africa Headquarters. Prior to his current position, he worked as a full-time lecturer and research fellow in different public universities in Kenya.

Dr Nyagero holds a PhD in Public Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ITROMID), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and has published 24 papers in peer reviewed Journals.

Professor Marion Mutugi, EBS (Amref International University)

Professor Marion Mutugi is the Vice Chancellor of Amref International University; a premier pan-African University specialised in training, research and extension activities in health.  She holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is widely published in her area of medical genetics, non-communicable diseases and bioethics.

Prof Mutugi is a renowned research scientist with over 25 years’ experience in various public and private research institutions and universities. She previously served as Deputy Vice at the University of Kabianga. Prior to that, she worked at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) as the Director, Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ITROMID). In this latter position, she oversaw postgraduate training in Public Health, Clinical Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology and Molecular medicine. She is an accomplished trainer through whose hands many biomedical and health professionals in the region have passed.

Maria Brighenti (Doctors with Africa CUAMM)

Maria works as UK Partnership development officer at Doctors with Africa CUAMM, an international NGO working for health system strengthening in Africa. Focus of her work is the development and management of relations with institutional and private donors, organizations, NGOs, research institutions and public health experts, focusing especially on the United Kingdom. Maria holds a MSc in Socio-Ecological Economics and Politics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.