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Patrick Muchai

Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) - 2010 Fellow

Patrick has been involved in HIV prevention programs with Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) for the past four years and his passion has been working with the community to understand their reproductive health problems.

Patrick currently serves as the Chairperson of the Kenya Medical Research Institute-University of Washington Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Coast Province, and is the coordinator of the Coast Vaccine Support Network in Kenya. In this capacity, he links the research institutions and the community by repackaging the information on HIV vaccine awareness in an easy to understand language.

A graduate of the University of Nairobi, Patrick holds a bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Sociology and Communication. He also holds a diploma in Management Information Systems from Strathmore University-Nairobi.

Fellowship Focus: Patrick’s main interest was in community advocacy where he developed a curriculum to educate Kenyan men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers about participation in clinical trials of microbicides, PrEP and HIV vaccines. He developed a curriculum to educate MSM and female sex workers about conduct of clinical trials of microbicides, PrEP and HIV vaccine. He also conducted media sessions with the CAB to talk about their involvement in research, used workplace structures to reach community members as well as documented beliefs of the local communities in relation to clinical trials and conducted forums to develop messages in Kiswahili to address these beliefs and in the process formed new coalitions to advocate for more education of priority groups.

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