Dr Norbert Peshu is the coordinator of the malaria node of the East Africa Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR) This is an EDCTP funded project. He is also the chief Research Officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Centre for Geographic Medicine Research Coast. For Malaria Node activities, the node is currently collecting data on malaria prevalence among school children in Taita Taveta County of Coastal Kenya. It is our hope that this survey will be extended to school on the other side of the Tanzania border. Previously he served as the Centre director of that Institute, a position he held since 1998. Dr Peshu is a trained medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health (UON) and a Diploma in Tropical Child Health from the Liverpool University.
Before joining KEMRI, Dr Peshu worked at Coast General Hospital, Kinango District Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital and finally as the District Medical Officer of Health, Kilifi District.
As the District Medical Officer of Health, he remained a key person as the Director of the Centre in providing guidance and leadership in both administrative and scientific affairs of the Centre, with the promotion and advancement of research being the primary responsibility for many years. Dr Peshu has been involved in several research projects both on malaria and HIV/AIDS while continuing to offer consultant clinical services at the hospital.