Dr. Lawrence Owino Okong’o is a consultant Paediatrician with the Ministry of Health, Kenya. He holds a Masters of Medicine (Paediatrics and Child Health) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.ChB) degree, both of the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
He is a member of the Board of Experts for the East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization (ECAVI), a vaccine support system, research, advocacy and training program in Eastern Africa. He worked for 2 years as a paediatrician and civil service officer in Wau, South Sudan under an IGAAD/Government of South Sudan civil service improvement programme.
He has been to Uganda and Rwanda as a trainer in the Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment plus (ETAT+) programme; and to various remote regions in Kenya and Northern Tanzania as part of the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) specialist outreach programme. He is also a child rights and immunization advocate, promoting efforts towards reduction of mortality and morbidity from related childhood diseases.
His M.Med thesis was on immunization coverage in a slum setting in Nairobi, Kenya. He was the pioneer study coordinator for the Aeras-402 TB vaccine trial with KEMRI/CDC in Kisumu Kenya.
He is currently sub-specializing in Paediatric Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town. His current clinical and research interests include childhood connective tissue diseases and rheumatic manifestations of HIV. He has taken the challenge contribute to the expansion of and increase access to paediatric rheumatology services in Africa.