Dr. William Nyabola Okedi


• School of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Behavioral Sciences


A self-motivated PhD level leader and specialist in public health development and operations research with international experience and well-developed people, organizational, strategy and financial management skills. Fluent in Microsoft office applications. Accomplished in the following areas:- planning, design, coordination and management of projects; networking, partnership and human capacity development; Disease control; operations research and baseline studies; expert knowledge of health systems; Primary health care; excellent skills in the administration of partnerships including donor reporting. William Joined Alupe University in 2017 as a lecturer and is currently the Dean of the SHS and COD Public Health, Nutrition and Behavioral sciences. William has also served as Chief Executive Officer, National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) (2012-2017); Field Research Director Africa, HIV/AIDS Monitor research program of the Centre for Global Development, Washington-DC (2007-2011); Program Officer, - Human Development and Reproductive Health Southern Africa Region, the Ford Foundation (2000-2006); Country Director, South Africa and Mozambique- African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) (1994-2000). William also worked as District Health Officer in various districts including Kisumu, Siaya, Turkana and West Pokot while employed by the Ministry of Health. William is actively involved in community development activities, to his credit is the construction of St. James Kwang’amor Secondary school and the establishment of St. Theresa of Avilla Kwang’amor Parish where he donated four acres and three acres of land respectively. On matters of Governance, He has been Chair of various school Boards of Management including St. Paul’s Amukura high school where the School recorded the best performance to date. William Is a member of the Association of Public Health Officers and Public Health Technicians Council (K) and a member of the International Union for Health Promotion.

Academic Qualifications

PhD Public Health Policy; 2011, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK. “Does Decentralization deliver on its promises? Issues, challenges and constraints to Policy implementation in Rural Kenya.?

Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, 2011, University of London

Masters in Development Studies-MDS: 2002, University of the Free State, South Africa. “Developing Leadership for Primary Health Care in Mpumalanga Province”.

Master of Public Health – MPH, 1993, Glasgow University, Scotland, UK. Community Participation in Planning and Management of Health Promotion Programmes. • 

Post Graduate Diploma In Public Health Education1986, College of Health Professions, Nairobi. Family Planning Practice in Amukura Division, Busia (K)

Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences, 1980, University of Nairobi.

Research Interests

William’s areas of research interest include public health policy implementation; baseline studies and donor  programme evaluations; Health Systems; Primary Health Care; Universal Health coverage; Health Promotion and Environmental health (disease prevention, control and surveillance; water and sanitation as well strengthening research ethics. William is the Pioneer Chairman of the Alupe University Scientific Ethics review Committee, having initiated the process in 2019.

Main Research Project, 2006 -2010

This programme focused on the performance of three HIV/AIDS donor programmes- the US Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), and the World Bank’s Multi-Country AIDS Programme (MAP). Led by the Global Programme Director, Dr. Nandini and Supported by Africa Research director, Dr. Okedi, the research project examined key issues in the design, delivery and management of these donor programmes, and provided timely analyses to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the donor initiatives.

The programme covered Mozambique, Zambia and Uganda. The main outcomes of this research programme are:-

1.      Influenced PEPFAR and Other Donor policies and practices for example; PEPFAR Shifted its strategies and emphasized transition to country ownership and strengthening health systems; the world bank’s agenda shifted to building the financial capacity of recipient country governments while the Global Fund changed its reporting requirements from 3 months to 6 months.

2.      Increased PEPFAR’S transparency and release of data to the country governments

3.      Informed Congressional Oversight of PEPFAR’s bilateral and Multilateral Global AIDS Funding

4.      Increased the visibility of AIDS funding and Global Health as a key aid effectiveness issue at global and country levels.

The Project was part funded by the following:

·       Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

·       The International Research Centre of Canada

·       The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

·       The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

·       The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and

·       The Rockefeller Foundation

Collaborators in the research Project included the lead researchers from the Centre for Global Development in Washington; the Africa research team from Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda under my leadership; the governments of the three participating governments from Africa; the Heads and staff of PEPFAR; World Bank and the Global Fund both in Africa and their respective headquarters.


Journal Publications:

Publications: Since joining Alupe University in 2017

1.      BOOKS

Okedi WN, 2022. Decentralization of Health Services in Kenya, Issues, Challenges and Constraints to Policy Implementation, Lambert Academic Publishers, Koln, Germany 2022.

2.      Book Chapter (Chapter 15)

Okedi WN, Adung’o F. 2022. Roles, Functions and Challenges of Hospital Management Committees in Busia County, Kenya.

3.      Peer Reviewed Journals (2021/2022 )

        Okedi W.N., June 2022. Does Decentralisation Deliver Services to Vulnerable Groups in Kenya? A case study of Busia and Kakamega Counties in Kenya. Internal Journal of Health Policy and Planning, Volume 1, Issue 1, 01-17, June 22, 2022.

        Okedi W, Wakoli C and Emojong  I, 2022. The Impact and Sustainability of Hand –Hygiene Practices on Health Facilities in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Medicine and Public Health, Vol.12, Issue3, July-September, 2022.

        Ogombo CM, Okedi W.N., 2022. Influence of Community Exposure to Tinea Corporis on knowledge and prevention practices in Teso South Sub-County, Kenya. International Journal of Medical and Public Health Research, Vol1, Issue 1, January – February 2022.

        Okedi W.N, and Adung’o F. 2021. Effectiveness of Hospital Management Committees in Busia County, Kenya. Journal of Health, Volume 13, 1129-1144.




1. Joint Annual Research Ethics conference on “Strengthening Research Ethics in the Global South” jointly organized by Day-Star University and NACOSTI, 28th-30th September 2022, Participant

2. African Union conference of ministers of Drug Control (CAMDC5), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8-12th October 2012

3. Global Conference on Health Promotion, Nairobi, Kenya, 26-30 June 2009

4. Synergos Senior Fellows Africa conference, 31st July -2nd August 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa.

5. Bellagio Conference on HIV/AIDS Monitor Research Programme, February 3-7th, Bellagio, Italy, 2008

6.The International Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 August 2005,


Classes taught

• SBE 101

        • NSB 412

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Official Contact Details

Email: wokedi@au.ac.ke

• Telephone number(s) 0718722000

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