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Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2012 - List of participants - GFMER members pages

Betty Jerop Meli

Partners in Prevention Study, Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret, Kenya

Betty Jerop Meli

Betty Jerop Meli, Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery, BSc in Environmental Health Science
Clinic Manager at PrEP Study Eldoret Site Kenya

Betty studied diploma in clinical medicine and surgery at Kenya medical training college Nairobi and graduated successfully in the year 2001. After a year on internship she started her medical practice at the accident and emergency department of the second largest referral hospital in Kenya in the year 2003. She then had the opportunity to manage referred patients among them; accident survivors, physical and sexual assault cases and many others.

The frustration of having to explain to a 16 year old girl the possibility of losing her uterus through hysterectomy after an attempted abortion stirred her interest in research. The desire to empower women in reproductive health was burning and that is how she joined adolescents and sexually transmitted infections clinic.

She currently works at the partners PrEP study as the clinic manager at the Eldoret site in Kenya. The study currently in its close out phase follows over 4700 HIV 1 discordant couples across nine sites in East Africa. Prior to this, Betty served as a study clinician in a multi-center study that involved use of suppressive dose of acyclovir to prevent HIV 1 transmission from HIV infected partners who are co infected with Herpes simplex virus to their HIV negative partner in a discordant couple context. Both studies have been carried out in collaboration with the University of Washington and Indiana University school of Medicine.

She also holds professional certificates in rational use of Antiretroviral, organized by AMPATH, good clinical practice (university of Washington), Human subjects protection test, and voluntary counseling and testing from Moi teaching and referral Hospital. She is also pursuing an ongoing BSC in Public Health at the Mount Kenya University.

This highly motivated health professional has a fresh desire to advance her career in sexual and reproductive health research.