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Professor Miriam Were

Professor Miriam K. Were is a Kenyan Medical Doctor and a Public Health advocate, an academic, and recipient of the first Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services. She started with a degree in Natural Sciences, then a postgraduate Diploma in Education. Later she studied Medicine at the University of Nairobi at which she later joined the staff. She rose through the ranks to become head of the Department of Community Medicine at Nairobi’s School of Medicine. Professor Were studied at Johns Hopkins University where she graduated in 1981 with a doctorate in Public Health in, Health Planning and Management. She has applied this training and academic background to programs focused on community-based empowerment. Her work aims to help others move towards implementing creative, effective, and self-sustaining programs. Her focus has been on empowering people in their communities towards improving the quality of their lives.