Samuel Kahariri

Samuel Kahariri

Kahariri Samuel holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (MVEE) from the University of Nairobi. For the last 9 years, Kahariri has held the position of National Epidemiologist in charge of the Animal Health Information Management Systems within the Directorate of Veterinary Services. He has also attended several additional short courses including spatial epidemiology at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); molecular epidemiology in Uganda; the International Veterinary Epidemiology course at the Colorado State University and among others.

Kahariri played a leading role in the establishment of a National Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS), a program aimed at facilitating food safety and security in the country. He has also been involved in the rollout of seven pilot projects on Electronic National Animal Surveillance Systems in Kenya.

The fellowship will be conducted over a period of 3 years from 1st May 2021 to 30th April 2024 and will focus on the development of a data management & analysis pipeline for integrated surveillance of endemic and emerging zoonoses in Kenya.

The animal and human disease surveillance systems in Kenya have for a long time been running parallel without proper integration. Consequently, the early warning system particularly for zoonotic diseases is greatly compromised. The surveillance systems have also undergone multiple changes and improvements over time. However, multiple systems being rolled out simultaneously have characterized these surveillance systems and has been one of the major setbacks.

This project aims to design a model surveillance system that is all-inclusive and with all relevant integrations for a coordinated data management along with the various levels towards strengthening of One Health in Kenya.

Kahariri Samuel holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (MVEE) from the University of Nairobi. For the last 9 years, Kahariri has held the position of National Epidemiologist in charge of the Animal Health Information Management Systems within the Directorate of Veterinary Services. He has also attended several additional short courses including spatial epidemiology at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); molecular epidemiology in Uganda; the International Veterinary Epidemiology course at the Colorado State University and among others.

Kahariri played a leading role in the establishment of a National Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS), a program aimed at facilitating food safety and security in the country. He has also been involved in the rollout of seven pilot projects on Electronic National Animal Surveillance Systems in Kenya.

The fellowship will be conducted over a period of 3 years from 1st May 2021 to 30th April 2024 and will focus on the development of a data management & analysis pipeline for integrated surveillance of endemic and emerging zoonoses in Kenya.

The animal and human disease surveillance systems in Kenya have for a long time been running parallel without proper integration. Consequently, the early warning system particularly for zoonotic diseases is greatly compromised. The surveillance systems have also undergone multiple changes and improvements over time. However, multiple systems being rolled out simultaneously have characterized these surveillance systems and has been one of the major setbacks.

This project aims to design a model surveillance system that is all-inclusive and with all relevant integrations for a coordinated data management along with the various levels towards strengthening of One Health in Kenya.