Ruth Nduati

Associate Professor of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Ruth Nduati was lead Kenyan co-investigator of the "Breastfeeding and Transmission of HIV Stud," after she completed her master's degree program at the University of Washington in October 1994. She entered the MPH program in the Department of Epidemiology in September 1991, and after graduating was appointed as an Advanced In-Country Scholar. Dr. Nduati has become a recognized international authority on prenatal transmission of HIV and has emerged as a leader in her field in Africa. While maintaining her teaching post as senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi and continuing her clinical and research work, Dr. Nduati is also serving as secretary of the Network of AIDS Researchers in Eastern and Southern Africa (NARESA) and was a member of the Scientific Secretariat of the Ghent Working Group on Mother to Child Transmission of HIV-1. Dr. Nduati was the coordinator of a Prenatal HIV-1 Interventions Workshop at the 1997 AIDS in Africa conference. She is co-author of the book, "Communicating with Adolescents on HIV/AIDS in East and Southern Africa", co-author of several UNICEF manuals, and published the results of her breastfeeding study in the JAMA in 2000. In 2001, Dr. Nduati was also first author on an article published in the Lancet, "Impact of Breastfeeding on Mortality of HIV-1 Infected Women: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial." In September 2002 she was awarded a CDC/WHO study that looks at the effect of HAART on breast milk HIV transmission. This study has completed enrollment and follow-up, and data analysis is underway. In 2004, Dr. Nduati was awarded a PEPFAR grant to provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission interventions in rural Kenya. In 2006, she was a plenary speaker at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, where she spoke about pediatric HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.


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