Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa elected President of The Union

Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa elected President of The Union

Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa, member of PATS, was recently elected as the new President of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

Dr Muhwa is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where he obtained his basic degree in medicine and surgery (MBChB) and a Masters degree in Medicine specializing in internal medicine. He received further training in respiratory medicine from the University of London and Tokyo University.

Since qualifying as a respiratory physician Dr. Chakaya has served in many positions including as a director of the Center for Respiratory Diseases Research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute; the head of the National TB and Leprosy Program of the Ministry of  Health; chair of the DOTS Expansion Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership; Vice chair of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board; Chair of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB (STAG-TB) of the World Health Organization; member of the board of the International UNION against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD or the UNION); TB focal point at the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. He currently serves as the chief executive officer, technical director and head of the research unit at the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and as a part senior lecturer at Aga Khan University (Hospital) in Nairobi and at the School of Medicine at Kenyatta University. In 2016, he was elected to serve as the President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and about a month ago he became the chair of the Technical Review Group of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM).