As the Director of the, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), United States Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa/Kenya (MRD-A/K) Program in Kericho, Kenya which is part of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program's international research network. Dr. Sawe leads all research and HIV prevention, care, treatment and research activities for this site and the South Rift Valley Region respectively. Dr Sawe is a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynecologist who has worked in the Kericho area for more than 30 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 among other studies. Dr. Sawe is the Clinical Research Site (CRS) leader for Kericho for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded networks of HIV research 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), International Maternal, Pediatric, Adolescent, AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT), HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and Corona Vaccine and Prevention Network (COVPN) studies.
Since 2004, Dr Sawe has been in charge of MHRP's South Rift Valley Province (SRV) President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities.
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.