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Meet Dr. Milton Omondi, Program Director of the Walter Reed Project (WRP) HIV/AIDS Program, Kisumu West (Kenya). Dr. Omondi provides managerial oversight of the program’s prevention, care and treatment activities and serves as a clinical investigator in several HIV, TB and malaria studies. Additionally, he provides technical advice to ART clinical teams, including providing guidance on treatment decisions and selection of antiretroviral drug regimens.
“I feel inspired by the positive impact that the program has had in Kisumu West District,” noted Omondi when asked what he enjoys most about his job. He continued, “Starting with one site in 2007, we have since decentralized HIV care resources to all the sub-district health clinics. The fact that a poor patient from an extremely remote area of Kombewa can access quality medical services for HIV care in just the three years of WRP HIV program existence is a testament that we’ve truly made a difference.”
Omondi adds, “no single day is ever the same for me in the office. I enjoy the challenges and successes that come with my leadership role. It ranges from programmatic work, to finance, personnel management, clinical trials and even building and construction!”
Currently, WRP is constructing a comprehensive care centre/outpatient department at the Kombewa District Hospital, which upon completion will greatly improve the local hospital’s infrastructure. “It gives me great joy and pride knowing that the new centre will serve current and future generations of Kombewa residents,” said Dr. Omondi.
Dr. Omondi graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing an MSc in public health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Omondi has worked with WRP since 2007.