Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases at University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Thérèse Umuhoza is a research epidemiologist with a focus on tropical and viral infectious disease research and development programs. She has pivotal expertise in infectious diseases surveillance, epidemic intelligence, and related health information systems. As viral infectious diseases such as Flu, COVID-19, HIV/ AIDS, and others remain among the top threats to global health, Thérèse’s research and expertise inform policy on the risk that viral infectious diseases pose in our society and the timing and effectiveness of interventions. As one of the Subject Matter Experts (SME) at ProMed, she monitors outbreaks daily and alerts the public health community to imminent threats and outbreaks.
Thérèse holds a PhD in Tropical Infectious Diseases from the University of Nairobi. She completed her MSc in Epidemiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium. Thérèse collaborates with several organizations including but are not limited to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), US CDC, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), MoHs Rwanda & Kenya, Rwanda Biomedical center (RBC), East Africa Health Commission (EAHRC), University of Nairobi, University of Rwanda (UR), Mawazo Institute, as a research scientist. Thérèse also serves as a moderator at the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). She has well developed soft-skills set including diplomacy, integrity, dynamism and compassion.