Dr Wasunna joined DNDi in 2003 and coordinates DNDi’s activities in Eastern Africa. She is a founding member and former Chair of the Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform (LEAP), promoting clinical research for leishmaniasis and capacity building in the region.
Dr Wasunna is a physician and an infectious disease and tropical medicine specialist. Prior to DNDi, she was the Acting Director, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Chief Research Officer. In 2008, Dr Wasunna was appointed by the Director General, UNESCO, as a member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC). She is currently a member of the Kenya National Bioethics Committee, the Kenyatta National Hospital and University of Nairobi Scientific and Research Ethics committee, and the Expert Committee of Clinical Trials of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
Dr Wasunna’s research interest is primarily focused on clinical trials in visceral leishmaniasis, malaria, and HIV. She has been a principal investigator in many clinical trials that have attracted funding from WHO and other international organizations. She is well published in peer reviewed journals.
Dr Wasunna holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi. Her postgraduate training in medicine was sponsored by WHO-TDR at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, where she obtained an MSc and a PhD in medicine and a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a member of the Kenya Medical Association and Kenya Association of Physicians.