Dr Melissa Mugambi

Melissa Mugambi is a Programme Officer in the Global Health Diagnostics Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She is currently working on the Point of Care Initiative programme to define the appropriate test menus, target product profiles and use case scenarios in the transition from discovery into development.

Prior to joining the foundation in January 2014, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked in the Health Economics and Modelling Unit at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. During her graduate training, she worked on various projects in sub-Saharan Africa including studies related to paediatric adherence to HIV antiretroviral therapy in Zambia and the introduction and implementation of infant HIV point-of-care test devices in Uganda and Kenya. As a recipient of the Demographic Health Surveys Fellowship under ICF International/USAID, Melissa evaluated the health facility factors associated with the adoption of malaria rapid tests in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.   She has also worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to review the opportunities and challenges involved in rolling out HIV point-of-care devices in resource-limited settings.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, a medical degree from Northwestern University, USA, and a doctoral degree in Health Services Research and Policy from Case Western Reserve University.

Originally from Uganda, she grew up in Kenya and has also lived in Ethiopia and Zambia.

Melissa supports the HIV, Pneumonia and Point of Care work of the Diagnostics Modelling Consortium.

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