Dr. Gershim Asiki
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya

Dr. Gershim Asiki is Research Scientist/Epidemiologist and leads the Chronic Diseases Management Research Unit at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, a Master of Science in International Health from University College London and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University, Uganda. His research interests include investigating the aetiology of NCDs including environmental, behavioural, genomic and commercial determinants of health to inform NCDs prevention and control efforts. He leads the design and evaluation of individual level and health system interventions to improve chronic disease care and prevention, and maternal and child health services.

He started his career as a frontline physician in Uganda and transitioned to a full time researcher and has worked with three international research organizations including UK Medical Research Council Unit in Uganda, Columbia University-ICAP program in Uganda, Cameroon and Namibia, and the African Population and Health Research Center in several African countries.

He has led several grants (over 10 million USD) as PI/Co-PI in the past 5 years and has contributed to over 150 peer reviewed journal articles. He is very well networked with researcher globally and with decision makers in Africa. He has taken a keen interest in strengthening research capacity in Africa through mentorship of junior researchers, supervision of PhD and Masters Students in collaboration with Karolinska Institute (Sweden), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Utrecht University (Netherlands and Wits (South Africa).

He is a member of technical working group supporting the Health Ministries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in developing regulatory and fiscal food policies for promoting healthier diets to prevent NCDs. He is the lead investigator designing the implementation and evaluation of the food policies in the three countries.

In Generation-H, Dr Gershim Asiki leads Work Package 4 designing the recruitment, delivery of the intervention and participant follow-up in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya