Kenyan Doctor Elected Vice President of the World Health Organization

It is a big win for Africa as Dr. Patrick Amoth, Kenya's Director-General in the Ministry of Health is elected Vice President of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Executive Board, representing the Africa region for a two-year term.

The announcement was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) Friday May 22. The Executive Board comprises 34 technical health experts. Dr. Amoth was elected during a World Health Assembly virtual meeting. He will serve a two-year term for the period 2020 to 2022. The Board is charged with determining the budgets, programmes, and activities of the world health assembly. 

While serving in this capacity, Dr. Amoth will report to Dr. Harsh Vardhan of India. His other colleagues include Bjorn Kummel (Germany), Volda Lawrence (Guyana), Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi (Oman), and Dr. Amelia Afuha’amango (Tonga).

Other African member countries include Botswana,  Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Gabon, and Burkina Faso. The mission of the Executive Board is to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and to facilitate its work.

Dr. Amoth’s rich career path as a technical expert, facilitated his election to the Vice President position at WHO. He is a medical doctor and holds a Master of Medicine (MMed) degree in Obstetrics/Gynaecology from the University of Nairobi.

His medical career has is enviable. He has held various offices rising to his current position of Ag Director-General. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Amoth worked at the Provincial Hospital, Kisumu where his duties included offering curative services and teaching.

 

Dr Patrick Amoth during an Official Ceremony in Nairobi

In 1997, he moved to the University of Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital where he was the Chief Medical Specialist (Obstetrics and Gynaecology). In 2001, he was promoted to the position of Medical Superintendent at Kiambu District Hospital where he worked for seven years before rising to the rank of Senior Medical Specialist in 2011. He held this position until 2012 when he was transferred to Machakos level 5 Hospital as Chief Medical Specialist.

Dr. Amoth has also worked as Chief Medical Specialist (Obstetrics/Gynaecology, and senior Deputy Director of Medical Services at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi.

Dr. Amoth has been instrumental about the Ministry of Health’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya. He particularly embraced the use of technology to innovate a way of responding to pressing concerns about the Ministry's action to flatten the curve, ensuring that the media is given the right information to pass to the public.

In his current position as acting Director-General, his duties and responsibilities were focussed on developing national guidelines on standards of health care for both clinical and community health practice in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. His docket also includes planning, directing, and, developing preventive and promotive policies at the national level.

Dr. Amoth is also involved in the formulation and development of national health policies, plans, and programmes, initiating partnerships with external stakeholders and development partners. He also monitors and evaluates the performance of all the units under the division of family health.

As acting Director-General, he also oversees the capacity building of staff at both the county and national levels. To keep in touch with the public, Dr. Amoth runs a weekly Q and A session on Twitter where he engages Kenyans for one hour every Wednesday.In 1997, he moved to the University of Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital where he was the Chief Medical Specialist (Obstetrics and Gynaecology). In 2001, he was promoted to the position of Medical Superintendent at Kiambu District Hospital where he worked for seven years before rising to the rank of Senior Medical Specialist in 2011. He held this position until 2012 when he was transferred to Machakos level 5 Hospital as Chief Medical Specialist.

Dr. Amoth has also worked as Chief Medical Specialist (Obstetrics/Gynaecology, and senior Deputy Director of Medical Services at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi.

Dr. Amoth has been instrumental about the Ministry of Health’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya. He particularly embraced the use of technology to innovate a way of responding to pressing concerns about the Ministry's action to flatten the curve, ensuring that the media is given the right information to pass to the public.

In his current position as acting Director-General, his duties and responsibilities were focussed on developing national guidelines on standards of health care for both clinical and community health practice in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. His docket also includes planning, directing, and, developing preventive and promotive policies at the national level.

Dr. Amoth is also involved in the formulation and development of national health policies, plans, and programmes, initiating partnerships with external stakeholders and development partners. He also monitors and evaluates the performance of all the units under the division of family health.

As acting Director-General, he also oversees the capacity building of staff at both the county and national levels. To keep in touch with the public, Dr. Amoth runs a weekly Q and A session on Twitter where he engages Kenyans for one hour every Wednesday.