Dr. Kibet Shikuku is a hematopathologist from the University of Nairobi. He is currently the president of Kenya Hemophilia Association (KHA) and a consultant pathologist in various hospitals within the country.
As part of his daily routine, he lectures at the faculty of medicine while supporting clinical work at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) based in Nairobi. He also supports hemophilia and sickle cell programs in Kenya and Tanzania through accelerated care for hematological disorders in both countries, which is supported and driven by various stakeholders. He also supports the ministry of health by seating on various expert committees including HIV, Hemovigilance, blood and blood products committee at the pharmacy, and poisons board just to mention a few.
Throughout his medical practice and career, he has worn various awards including being declared the best community leader, leading the hemophilia association to win the best twinner award from WFH, initiating and supporting the first bone marrow transplant program in Kenya at the Nairobi West hospital and also one among few clinicians supporting red cell exchange for individuals living with sickle cell disease and apheresis in general in the region.
Lately, Dr. Kibet is closely supporting the hematology technical working group at the ministry of health as the deputy chair to ensure that noncommunicable diseases are supported directly by the government through adequate funding as well as improved quality of medical services offered to individuals living with sickle cell disease and hemophilia patients. He has petitioned the Kenyan parliament to ensure that these conditions are attended to in order to ameliorate undue suffering from these conditions. He also supported and participated in the development of the national treatment guidelines for the two diseases.
Some of his key interactions with stakeholders include but are not limited to; KNH, Moi Teaching and Referral hospitals, Kenyatta University teaching and referral hospital, WFH, Novo Nordisk Hemophilia Foundation, Haemophilia Scotland, Roche Kenya, etc. As the president of KHA, he has lobbied for donations amounting to Ksh 2 billion and other funding streams of about ksh 200 million for capacity building.