TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize

For: 
Her innovative approaches to HIV testing in Kenya, and her mentorship of younger colleagues. The award honours female scientists in low-income African countries for their achievements in biological sciences.
From: 
The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS)
Award Year: 
2017
Phone Number: 
+254 722 983 432

Dr Barbara Kabai Burmen, MBChB, MPH

SANTHE Collaborative Grant Co-recipient
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Centre for Global Health (CHGR), Kisumu, Kenya

Barbara Burmen is a Senior Research Officer and HIV and TB Implementation Science Lead for the HIV and TB Implementation Science Branch of the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research and Public Health Collaboration in Kisumu, Kenya. Burmen is interested in applying advanced analytic techniques to help choose among alternative resources to help meet HIV and TB programme objectives. In order to prevent further AIDS transmission and help end the AIDs epidemic, HIV programmes should identify all PLHIV and put them on ART. However, routinely used antibody tests cannot detect Acute HIV infection (AHI), a period of increased infectiousness that accounts for upto 40% of HIV transmission. Majority of patients with AHI will have febrile illness that prompts them to visit health facilities. The identification of persons with AHI among this population will require the development and validation an existing syndromic scoring criteria (by Sander’s et al) that would help limit the number of persons to undergo AHI testing.