Dr Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo

Secretary, NCD Alliance of Kenya

Mary Amuyunzu

Dr Mary Nyamongo holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK, is the secretary at the Non-communicable Diseases Alliance of Kenya, founder director and Technical Advisor at the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) where she is in the programmatic areas and resource mobilization with extensive skills in liaison and networking. Being an anthropologist, Dr Nyamongo’s interest, is on how individuals and communities are engaged in addressing conditions for joint actions towards prevention and control.

Dr Mary has been involved in management of research projects, dissemination of research findings to diverse and appropriate audiences as a Qualitative Expert, with African Population and Health Research providing technical support on research and proposal development to national and multilateral agencies.

Her involvement on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) with Ministry of Health Kenya, Evidence Action, and Kenya Red Cross Society culminated with Kenya being the first country in Africa to roll out the triple-drug therapy lymphatic filariasis (LF) aimed to reduce the time to treat from five years to two years.

She is a consultant with the World Bank and a WHO commissioner. Dr Mary has written over 20 publications focusing on various aspects of Health promotion and research. Currently, she is a member of the Board in International Union for Health Promotion and Education,CHAMPS, IUHPE, CGIAR and a faculty member at the Strathmore University.

Why I am passionate about NCDs

I have been involved in NCD work since 2004. Being an anthropologist, my interest is on how individuals and communities are engaged in addressing these conditions. All of us are affected, we spend a lot of resources seeking care and treatment for family and friends suffering from NCDs. I am committed to bringing together multi-sectoral teams working on NCDs for joint actions towards prevention and control. Together we should be able to implement policies and programmes with people at the center of all our interventions.