Prof. Miriam Khamadi Were is a medical doctor, public health specialist, teacher and publisher. She is a member of the Champions for HIV-Free Generation that is made up mostly by African former Heads of State. Formerly, Prof Were was Chairman of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and Chairman of the Board of AMREF (Africa Medical and Research Foundation). She graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Nairobi and holds both Masters (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH) degrees from the John Hopkins University of USA. Prof Were worked in the Ministry of Health (Kenya) before joining the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi. Between 1976 and 1982, while teaching Public Health, she was the Director of the National Pilot Project on Community Based Health Care (CBHC). Miriam Were has worked for UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA.
Prof. Miriam K. Were has received many honours and awards in her professional life. These include receiving National Honours from the President of Kenya for distinguished service to the nation, The Trail Blazer Award of the Women in Leadership Group by the Global Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). The Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal for Outstanding contributions to International Public Health and Supporting the Health Needs of Disadvantaged people. She was the first recipient of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize by Japan for Medical Services.