Prof. Miriam K. Were, a medical doctor, public health specialist, teacher and publisher was born on April 12, 1940.
She is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the Board of AMREF (Africa Medical and Research Foundation) and on numerous other Boards.
Prof. Were started out as a High School biology and chemistry teacher in 1965. She later enrolled in Medical School due to frustration from lack of health services for sick students and children. In 1973, she graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Nairobi, being awarded the Best All-Round Graduating Medical Student Prizes. She worked in the Ministry of Health before joining the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi on her journey to teaching Public Health. She holds both Masters (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH) degrees from the John Hopkins University of USA.