Ferdinand Moyi Okwaro
Ferdinand Okwaro is a Kenyan born Medical Anthropologist who is currently working on a GLOBVAC funded research project titled "The Practice and ethics of collaboration in transnational medical research in East Africa: an ethnographic approach".
This anthropological project ethnographically studies the work of scientific collaboration around East Africa's two leading research universities, Nairobi and Makerere. Conducted at a time of increasing debate about global health North/South collaboration among scientists, ethicists and funders, and social scientists, the study responds to the need for more empirically grounded social research on the ethical challenges of global health science.
It will hopefully enhance the understanding of international collaborative research work, facilitate more open debate about challenges and solutions, including scientists and other stakeholders in the conversation, and thus further better, more equitable collaborative health research to take on mounting global health challenges.
Before joining the SAI, Ferdinand was a postdoctoral research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he conducted the formative research for this current project. He previously wrote his PhD from the university Heidelberg in Germany and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He has also conducted extensive research in the field of ritual healing and alternative medical practices, reproductive health and social marketing.
Tematic: Science, Medicine, medical research, bioethics, ritual healing, Anthropology of health interventions.
Region: Africa: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Okwaro, F., Chandler, C.I.R., Hutchinson, E., Nabirye, C., Taaka, L. Kayendeke, M., Naiga, S.and Staedke, G.S. 2015. Challenging logics of complex intervention trials: community perspectives of a health care improvement intervention in rural Uganda. Social science and Medicine 131:10-17
Okwaro, F. and Geissler. P. 2015. In/dependent collaborations: perceptions and experiences of African scientists in transnational HIV research. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, pp 1-20, DO1:10.1111/maq12206
Okwaro F. 2015. Ritual and Social Justice in an African healer’s court. In: The Law of Possession. (eds. Sax William and Basu Helene). Oxford University press, Oxford, pg 162 - 189
Wenzel G and Okwaro F. 2014. Confronting economic inequalities to strengthen global research. Nature: 513 (303) doi: 10.1038 (513303a)
Okwaro. F. 2011. Ritual Healing and Modernity in Western Kenya. Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter. 14 (2-3) 5-13.
Okwaro F. 2010. Modernity and Efficacy in Kenyan ritual healing. Journal of Ritual studies 24 (2) 57 -79.
In Preparation: Media representations of transnational scientific collaborations in Kenya. Public understanding of Science.