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DR. JOHN ODERO ONG’ECH


Curriculum Vitae

OFFICE ADDRESS
Nairobi Reproductive Health Services:
Prof Nelson Awori Centre
Next to Nairobi Hospital
Ralph Bunch Road
3rd Floor Suite A2
PO BOX 26617-00504
Nairobi.
Office: 0706 069 808
Cell: 0722282449
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Website: www.nairobireproductiveheallth.org

BACKGROUND EDUCATION

 

2005

Masters of Public Health(International Health

 

 

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana USA

2003

Master of Medicine in Obstetrics/Gynecology

 

 

University of Nairobi, Kenya

1993

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

 

 

University of Nairobi, Kenya

 OTHER TRAININGS

 

 

2008

Certificate, management and leadership

 

 

University of California Los Angeles, USA

2008

Certificate, International Grants Management, CDC, Atlanta, USA

2009

Certificate, Principles of Research, University of Washington/NIH, USA

2011

Certificate, Responsible conduct of Research, University of Nairobi/University of Washington

2012

Certificate, Leadership Development Program(LDP), MSH

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

 

2017- TO DATE

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Chief Medical Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

 

2016- TO 2019

Kenyatta National hospital (KNH) Deputy Director (Surgical Services)

 

2012 – TO 2017

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Senior Medical Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

 

2011- TO DATE

Nairobi Reproductive Health Services, Chief Executive Officer

2010- 2015

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Kenya, Assistant Director and Head of Department for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

 

2003 – 2012

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Medical Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


2003- TO DATE

University of Nairobi, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department, Kenya- Lecturer(Honorary)

2003 -2010

University of Nairobi, Senior HIV Technical Advisor.

2009- 2012

Elizabeth Glaser Paediatrics Aids Foundation (EGPAF), Kenya Country Research

 

Point of Contact  2009 to 2012

2005- 2008

Senior HIV Advisor/Technical Director

2003- 2010

Head of HIV Research and Training, Kenyatta National Hospital

1995- 2003

Kenyatta National Hospital, Senior Medical Officer,

1993- 1995

Ministry of Health, Kisumu, Kenya, Medical officer

TECHNICAL SUPPORT/CONSULTANCIES

2004 University of Nairobi-CDC-Kenya; Designed PMTCT Training package for Intrapartum HIV testing, trained health care workers and implemented the first Intrapartum testing for PMTCT program in Africa

2004

Intrahealth  international-Kenya(USAID  funding);  Designed  PMTCT  training

 

package  for  private  sector,  trained  health  care  workers  and  initiated  the  first PMTCT program in private sector in Kenya

2004

Intrahealth  International   –Ethiopia(USAID  funding);  Designed  the  PMTCT

 

training package  for National Master Trainers, trained the first  PMTCT  National

 

Master Trainers for Ethiopia. Monitored the cascade of trainings in the region

2005

KCMC/EGPAF-Tanzania- Design PMTCT training package for Intrapartum HIV

 

testing, trained staff, mentored them and initiated the first PMTCT Intrapartum HIV testing program in Tanzania at KCMC in Moshi

2008

HLSP(UNICEF Kenya funding); Evaluation of the safe motherhood project in Kenya

2009

USAID AIDS Population Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA)  II E;  Midterm project evaluation(HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, Reproductive health, TB, Malaria and MCH services project)

2009

International  HIV  alliance-Government  of  Sothern  Sudan(GOSS)-  PMTCT project- Adapting PMTCT training materials in the GOSS context using the first PMTCT national guidelines for Southern Sudan, training health workers in Juba (from several states) and Wau (from several states), providing technical support in implementation and supervision in several PMTCT sites in Southern Sudan.

2010

UNICEF Southern Sudan -Government of Southern Sudan- UNICEF Southern

 

Sudan consultant;

 

 

-Developed the country first PMTCT training package and the Country National

 

PMTCT guidelines and strategic framework.

 

 

-Lead consultant in adapting the WHO 2009 PMTCT and ART guidelines

in the

 

Southern Sudan Context

 

 

-Trained Master National PMTCT Trainers for all the states

 

2010

Somali- UNICEF Somali Consultant- Developed the country PMTCT policy ,

 

clinical  guidelines,  Training  package,  implementation  plan  ,  Monitoring  and

 

Evaluation Tools

 

2010

UNAIDS-Kenya Government –UNAIDS Kenya Consultant for Universal Access

 

Report development

 

2010

UNAIDS-Kenya  Government-  UNAIDS/TSF  Consultant  for  developing

2010

 

Kenya HIV/AIDS  epidemic update

 

2010

FHI-Kenya Government- FHI Consultant for developing minimum package for HIV-

 

Reproductive Health integration

 

2010

CDC-Government  of  Kenya,  Ministry  of  Public  Health  and  Sanitation 

 

Consultant for updating Kenya National PMTCT guidelines and Training curriculum

2010

CAFS-TSF-IGAD Inter Governmental Authority Development-CAFS- Consultant

 

for capacity building on HIV-ART Protocol harmonization

 

2010

AB2000-NACCTOWA project- Capacity building for PMTCT Psychosocial support

 

group, GIPA and quality assurance

 

2011

CAFS-NACC Kenya- Consultant  for developing training Curriculum on GIPA and

 

conducted Trainings targeting all key stakeholders nationally

 

2011

Tanzania- UNAIDS/UNICEF/TSF-Consultant for developing national guidelines for

 

elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV

 

2011

Kenya  Government-MSH  consultant  for  developing  devolved  structure  for

 

reproductive Health.

 

HONORS & AWARDS

 

 

 

 

2015

Grand Leadership Award by Kenya Obstetrical & Gynecological Society of Kenya

 

on Improving women health care in Kenya.

2013

Manager of the year (Company of the year awards-COYA-Kenya Institute of

 

Management)

2009

US Embassy, Kenya, Alumni of the Month of Mach 2009, www.alumni.state.gov

 

 

 

 

 

2004

WHO Implementing Best Practice Initiative in Reproductive Health in Africa- Grand

 

prize award for best PMTCT Program and Poster Presentation; June 19-24 2004,

 

Entebbe Uganda.

2002

Hubert Humphrey Alumni Impact Award ,Institute of International Education (IIE),

 

Washington DC,USA – HIV/AIDS Prevention and stigma reduction project.

2001

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Award from the US Department of State

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

2011 - 2019

Member of the  Kenyatta national Hospital-University of Nairobi

 

Ethics Research Committee

2008 -2010

Member of Data Safety Management Board(DSMB) for Valacyclovir in Pregnancy

 

study

2004-2008

Member of Kenya Country Team, Implementing Reproductive Health, Best

 

Practices in Africa, a WHO initiative

2003-2018

Member of Technical working Groups at the Ministry of Health’s NASCOP for

 

PMTCT and HIV care and Treatment

2002-2008

Member of Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright  Scholarship), Selection Panel

 

at USA Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

2001-2005

Member of America Public Health Association (APHA)

2003-2009

Member of Africa Centre for Clinical trials (ACCT)

1998- TO DATE

Member of Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society(KOGS)

1993 –TO DATE

Member of Kenya Medical Association (KMA)

RIGHTS OF ADMISSION:

Nairobi Hospital

Aga khan Hospital

Mater Hospital

MP Shah Hospital

Avenue Hospital

Nairobi Women Hospital

Coptic Hospital

KNH Private Wing

PANEL OF SERVICE PROVIDER FOR INSURANCES AND COMPANIES

I am in the panel ie:

GDC, KRA, NSSF

Heritage, KPLCo

AON MINET,SAHAM

CIC, FIRST ASSURANCE,

JUBILEE, BRITAM, KCB, PACIS

APA, NCCK, CO-OPERATIVE

MADISON, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY,

RESOLUTION INSURANCE

AAR, UAP, PACIFIC

PARLIAMENT SERVICE COMMISSION

TRIDENT, KENGEN

PACIS, SANLAM, LIAISON

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS/PRESENTATIONS/POSTERS

Ong’ech J, Oyieke J, Gachoki A, Machoki J, Mbori-Ngacha D, Kiarie J. Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV; a multi-pronged testing approach to improve program effectiveness in Kenyatta National teaching and referral hospital. Abstract presented at XV International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004.

Ferguson L, Kielmann K, Grant A, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong’ech J, Ross D. Reasons underlying client attrition between testing HIV positive in antenatal and delivery services and accessing HIV care and treatment services in Kenya. Abstract presented at 6th International AIDS Society Conference, Rome, Italy; July 2011.

Ferguson L, Grant A, Ong'ech J, Kielmann K, Watson-Jones D, Ross D. Linking women who test HIV positive in maternity services to HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: missed opportunities. Abstract No. WEPDE105 presented at 18th International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, 18-23 July 2010.

John Odero Ong’ech; Maximizing reproductive possibilities and choices for women living with HIV – pre-conception care and the prevention of unintended pregnancies, Oral Presentation at XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., USA 25th July 2012.

BOOKS AND MANUALS DEVELOPMENT                                         

2006

Community Facility linkages Manual(GIPA)-University of Nairobi Publication, Lead Author

2007

Essential Obstetric Manual;  Ministry of health and Population council publication;

 

Author of Chapter in HIV 

2008

Kenya PMTCT National Guidelines ; NASCOP publication; Contributor

2009

Kenya PMTCT National Training curriculum; NASCOP publication; Contributor

COMPLETED RESEARCH SUPPORT

2013-2019                                 Concern Worldwide /Philips Foundation/UNICEF-Innovation for Maternal,Newborn and Child health-MAKER Project. Role: PI, John Ong’ech. USD 600,000

4/15/2011-4/15/2014             WHO-2011/141603-0/C6-TSA-024/FCH/CAH (PI, John Ong’ech)

Mobile phone technology for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV;

Acceptability,

Effectiveness and cost

Role: Principal investigator, USD 500,000

20/11/2011-20/12/2012        WHO-A65769 (PI John Ong’ech)

Enhancing the capacity of pharmacist and pharmacy workers to offer information and referral services on

Misoprostol for use in post abortion care in Nairobi, Kenya Role ; Principal investigator; USD 150,000

9/30/04 - 3/31/10                     CDC –U62/CCU024526-01 (PI, James Kiarie), Capacity Building in the implementation of a comprehensive program to prevent mother to child HIV transmission at the University of Nairobi teaching hospitals. The overall goal of this program is to create a sustainable and quality PMTCT program in Kenyatta National Hospital and Pumwani Maternity Hospital that is be a national model for service provision and training.

Role: Senior Technical advisor in charge of program implementation, coordination, performance management and quality improvement, USD 1 678 700

9/30/04 - 3/31/10                     CDC –U62/CCU024526-01 (PI, James Kiarie), Impact evaluation of the Kenya National PMTCT program. The study aims to determine the extent to which the PMTCT program in Kenya in Kenya is meeting its aims of preventing transmission from infected Mothers to their infants, preventing unwanted pregnancy among HIV positive women, preventing HIV infection among young women and linking HIV infected women, their infants and families to long term care and support

Role: Co-investigator in charge of study coordination and implementation; USD 1 500 000

2008-2010                            EGPAF- (PI, John Ong’ech), Operations Research Grant award

                                              USD 250,000

                                             The study investigated the Provision of services and care for HIV exposed infants;
                                             A comparison of the maternal and child health (MCH) clinic and the comprehensive
                                             care clinic (CCC) models.

                                             Role: Principal investigator

2008                                           IPAS-Private

                                             Funding (PI, John Ong’ech).

                                             USD 200,000 The study evaluated the status of Misoprostol drug in Kenya 

                                             Role: Principal investigator

 
9/30/07 - 3/31/09                      CDC- U62/CCU024526-01 (PI, James Kiarie),

                                                    USD 500,000

                                                    Effectiveness of non-nucleoside reverse-transcriptase–based antiretroviral therapy in women
                                                    previously exposed to a single dose of Nevirapine in pregnancy; a multi-country prospective
                                                    cohort study

                                                    Role: Co investigator

9/30/07 - 3/31/09                      CDC –U62/CCU024526-01 (PI, James Kiarie)USD 250,000

                                                    How late is too late? Timeliness to scheduled visit as an anti-retroviral therapy adherence
                                                    measure in Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka, Zambia.

                                                    Role: Co Investigator

9/1/02 – 09/30/08                      CDC - program announcement 02074 (PI, Ruth Nduati), Impact of HAART on MTCT
                                                    and Mothers' Health
                                                    USD 2 000 000

                                                    This study aimed to determine whether providing women with anti-retroviral therapy during
                                                    breastfeeding protected their babies from HIV infection. Nested within it was a study to
                                                    describe the impact of HAART on quality and quantity of passive immunity conferred on
                                                    the infant.

                                                    Role: Co investigator

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Moses M.Obimbo, Yan Zhou, Michael T. McMaster. Craig R. Cohen, Zahida Qureshi, John Ong’ech, Julius Ogengo and Susan J. Fisher. Placental Structure in preterm birth among HIV Positive versus HIV Negative women in Kenya, J Acquir Immune Defic. syndr. Volume 80 number 1, January 1, 2019.
  2. L.P. Parmar, G.N Mwango, M.N. Wambugu, J.O. Ong'ech ;The umbilical artery Resistive index and the cerebro-placental Ratio as a predictor of adverse Foetal outcome in patients with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy during third trimester; East Cent. Afri. Surg 2013 Vol 18
  3. L. Jennings, J. Ong'ech, R. Simiyu, M.Sirengo, S. Kassaye;Exploring the use mobile phone technology for the enhancement of the prevention mother to child transmission of HIV program in nyanza Kenya; a qualitative study; BMC public Health 2013; 13; 1131
  4. Laura FERGUSON, Alison D. GRANT, Deborah WATSON-JONES, Tanya KAHAWITA, John O. ONG’ECH, David A. ROSS ; Linking Women who Test HIV-Positive in Pregnancy-Related Services to Long-Term HIV Care and Treatment Services: A Systematic Review; Tropical Medicine & International Health;2012;17(5);564-580
  5. Laura FERGUSON, Alison D. GRANT, John O. ONG’ECH, Sophie VUSHA, Deborah WATSON-JONES, David A. ROSS; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV – Understanding Reported Coverage of Maternal Antiretroviral Prophylaxis and Vertical Transmission Rates ; British Medical Journal, Sex Trans Infect 2012;88;120-124
  6. Laura Ferguson, James Lewis, Alison D Grant, Deborah Watson-Jones, Sophie Vusha, John O Ong’ech, David A Ross; Patient attrition between diagnosis with HIV in pregnancy-related services and long-term HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: A retrospective study; J Acquir Immune DeficSyndr 2012; 60: e90-97. 
  7. R.J.Kosgei, P.MNdavi, J.Ong’ech etal Symptom screen; diagnostic usefulness in detecting pulmonary tuberculosis in HIV infected pregnant women in Kenya. Public Health action; 2011;http//dx.doi.org/10.5588/pha.11.004
  8. Dao CN, Peters PJ, Kiarie JN, Zulu I, Muiruri P, Ong'echJ,Mutsotso W, Potter D, Njobvu L, Stringer JS, Borkowf CB, Bolu O, Weidle PJ. Hyponatremia, hypochloremia, and hypoalbuminemia predict an increased risk of mortality during the first year of antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected Zambian and Kenyan women. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2011; 27:1-8.
  9. Ong’ech J O, Hoffman HJ, Kose J, Audo M, Matu L, Savosnick P, Guay L. Provision of Services and Care for HIV-Exposed Infants: A Comparison of Maternal and Child Health Clinic and HIV Comprehensive Care Clinic Models. J Acquir Immune DeficSyndr. 2012 Sep 1; 61(1):83-9.
  10. Blacher RJ, Muiruri P, Njobvu L, Mutsotso W, Potter D, Ong'ech J, Mwai P, Degroot A, Zulu I, Bolu O, Stringer J, Kiarie J, Weidle PJ. How late is too late? Timeliness to scheduled visits as an antiretroviral therapy adherence measure in Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka, Zambia.AIDS Care 2010; 22(11):1323-31.
  11. Stringer JS, McConnell MS, Kiarie J, Bolu O, Anekthananon T, Jariyasethpong T, Potter D, Mutsotso W, Borkowf CB, Mbori-Ngacha D, Muiruri P, Ong'ech JO, Zulu I, Njobvu L, Jetsawang B, Pathak S, Bulterys M, Shaffer N, Weidle PJ. Effectiveness of non-nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor-based antiretroviral therapy in women previously exposed to a single intrapartum dose of nevirapine: a multi-country, prospective cohort study. PLoS Med 2010; 7(2):e1000233.
  12. Beard JH, Ndegwa S, Farquhar C, Ong’ech JO, Govedi F, Kiarie JN. Mode of delivery decisions among HIV infected mothers at an urban maternity hospital in Kenya. East Afr Med J 2010; 87(1):14-19
  13. Judith Kose, John Ongech, Peter Savosnick ;2010; Using Laboratory Networks to increase access to Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment; HabanaHaba Technical bulletin 2010 March vol.1 issue 3;13/20
  14. Ong’ech J, Omondi-Ogutu O, Machoki M, Khisa W, Kiare J. Knowledge, attitude and practice on perinatal HIV transmission and preventive measures among antenatal mothers at Kenyatta National hospital, Kenya. J ObsGynae East Central Afr 2005; 19:1-11.
  15. Ong’ech J, Omondi-Ogutu O, Machoki M, Khisa W, Orero SO. Post abortion care services at Kenyatta National hospital, Kenya.J Obs/Gynae East Central Afr2005; 18:98-106

 

 

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