Dr Eric Ogola

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Dr Eric Ogola

Dr Eric Ogola, BVM, MPH is a Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Department of Public and Community Health and Development, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya. He is an experienced Epidemiologist and active Researcher working on the control of diseases at the human- animal-ecosystem interface for more than a decade. He has been involved in participatory research and control of emerging infections including Brucellosis, Rabies, Diarrhea in children under 5, Polio and others. He was part of the WHO supervisory team during the Kenyan Polio outbreak response in 2010. His research theme focuses on Epidemiology of Zoonotic and Foodborne infections, Microbial Food Safety and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Education

Master of Public Health (MPH)| CGPA 4.02 | Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.| 2009-2015
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM)| University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya | 1990 – 1995

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Lecturer | Department of Public and Community Health and Development, School of Health Sciences, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology | 2016-To date Teaching undergraduate and Diploma students undertaking Public health as well as Community Health. Courses taught include Epidemiology, Disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, Informatics, Meat hygiene, Biostatistics, Anatomy and Physiology of food animals, Entomology among others. Annually supervision of 20 students for their projects and field attachments. The goal is to equip students with the tools to pursue rewarding careers that promote a One- Health approach towards the protection and promotion of human, animal and ecosystem health. My current research interest is in antimicrobial resistance and co- infections. I am currently funded by the African Academy of Sciences through the Grand Challenges Africa initiative. I also serve as the course coordinator for the BSc and Diploma in Public Health courses for the Department of Public and Community Health, School of Health Sciences at our Kisumu Campus. This is in addition to being the course leader for the Meat Hygiene course. I am also the representative of my school in the senate as well as the research coordinator.

Deputy Branch Chief | Kenya Medical Research Institute /CDC | 2011-2016

This entailed assisting the branch chief for the Division of Global Health Protection to oversee the day to day management of the research and public health collaboration at the human-animal-ecosystem interface. The branch had about seventy (70) members of staff who supported research activities in various capacities including Field and Laboratory technicians, drivers, enumerators, administrative officers, field coordinators, supervisors and community interviewers

Research Officer/Study Coordinator | Kenya Medical Research Institute/ US Centers for Disease Control | 2008-2011

I co-ordinated about a dozen zoonoses studies and sub-studies within the Division of Global Health Protection. These were embedded on an integrated human-and animal surveillance platform on zoonotic pathogens in rural and urban Kenya. The zoonotic diseases of interest included Q-fever, Rickettsia, Rabies, Diarrhoea, zoonotic bovine TB, Echinococcosis, Flu, fevers of unknown origin among others.

Extension Services Manager |Spin-Knit Dairies Limited |1999-2008

This entailed developing programs, systems and operations from scratch. The department had a work force of ninety-eight (98) skilled and semi-skilled personnel including milk graders, extension officers, milk recorders, laboratory technicians, Centre supervisors, accountants, milk procurement officers, drivers, turn-men, watchmen and support staff. We collected milk, provided farm inputs, feeds and advisory services to milk suppliers seven days in a week. The costs were recovered from their monthly milk payments. We also offered farm and field/cooperative advisory services aimed at Clean milk production, Breeding and Feeding of dairy animals. Our efforts at enhancing milk quality contributed to the market leadership of our brand.

Training Coordinator | ABS Global Inc |1998

I trained a total of 90 extension entrepreneurs, artificial inseminators, other trainers (ToT), and farmers. I also compiled monthly and quarterly reports. The reports were submitted to the donor (USAID) in Washington, US and to the ABS headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. Copies were also sent to the World Bank office in Washington and to the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi. We developed training materials, recruited course participants in liaison with other collaborating organizations, and made logistical arrangements prior to training. The collaborators included TechnoServe Inc, Heifer International, Kenya Veterinary Association Privatization Scheme (KVAPS), Ministry of Agriculture, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the University of Nairobi among others. Attempts were made to link entrepreneurs to lending institutions. This was a leadership position within the training team, and it involved working for long hours and driving long distances in high-risk situations.

Extension Services Officer | Ilara Dairies Limited |1996-1997

This dairy processing factory, with a daily processing capacity of 21000 litres, was situated on a 4200 acre ranch. The farm had an average daily production of 1400 litres of milk. We also collected the remainder of 20000 litres from surrounding farms for processing and marketing. The job entailed developing extension programs, systems and operations from scratch. Reporting directly to the General Manager, I developed and managed the Ilara Extension Service, involving the dairy and farm-input supplier service, milk supplier Service and an artificial insemination (AI) service.