Edith Chepkorir

Edith
Chepkorir

PhD scholar
Human Health Department
International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
  • Non-governmental Organisation

Biography

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE, branded as icipe) is an international scientific research institute, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that works towards improving lives and livelihoods of people in Africa.icipe was founded in 1970 by a renowned Kenyan entomologist, Thomas Odhiambo, with strong encouragement from Carl Djerassi, a professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. The center’s main objective is to research and develop alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management strategies that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe's mandate extends to the conservation and use of the rich insect biodiversity found in Africa.Today, icipe is the only international center in sub-Saharan Africa working primarily on arthropods. icipe focuses on sustainable development using human health as the basis and the environment as the foundation for sustainability.icipe works in a holisitic and integrated approach through a 4-H paradigm — Human, Animal, Plant and Environmental Health — with the aim of improving the overall health of communities in tropical Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and degradation of the environment. Kenya is currently experiencing a resurgence of various vectors borne re-emerging diseases of public health importance with social and economic consequences straining the already limited resources required to initiate response and control measures. Kenya is experiencing a Dengue outbreak and has had previous outbreaks of Yellow Fever. Prior knowledge of circulating diseases and how they maintained and transmitted in nature is important in formulating public health policies. I am interested in joining the network to improve my understanding of vector-pathogen systems for the control of vector-borne diseases. I also want to learn and gain knowledge on vector control strategies, various disease pathogens associated with different vectors, various vector laboratory techniques.

Organisation details

International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)