As the Deputy Director, Kenya Medical Research Institute /Walter Reed Project (KEMRI/WRP) HIV Program in Kericho, Kenya. Dr. Sawe leads all HIV prevention, care, treatment and research activities for this site, which is part of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program international research network. Dr Sawe is a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynecologist who has worked in the Kericho area for more than 20 years.
Dr. Sawe has played a key role in the execution of several HIV vaccine and therapeutic clinical trials and related HIV cohort studies in Kericho. Dr. Sawe is the Clinical Research Site (CRS) leader for Kericho and has been a Chair or Principal Investigator on a number the protocols being implemented at the site, including studies sponsored by the US Army and the US National Institutes of Health, including AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) studies.
Since 2004, Dr Sawe has been in charge of the KEMRI/WRP South Rift Valley Province (SRV) Presidents Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment program that covers a population of 2.5 million people. The SRV PEPFAR program includes: HIV Counseling and Testing, Other Prevention (prevention programs and activities targeting high risk populations), HIV Care and Treatment, Prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV infection (PMTCT) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
Dr. Sawe graduated from medical school at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He also received specialized training for health care in developing countries and AIDS care and prevention from the Boston Unviersity School of Public Health and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.