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John Okanda

Okanda has over 15 years of clinical trial expertise; he has excelled in study coordination, quality control and regulatory affairs.  He is a self-motivated, dedicated and dependable, ensuring tasks are completed efficiently. As a skilled team player he has ability to handle multiple challenges concurrently. His versatility enables rapid learning of new tasks and skills.


  • Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion).
  • BSc (Hons) Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics.

Clinical Trials Participated/ study Protocols Executed

  • Solidarity Trial Vaccines, An International Randomized Trial of Candidate Vaccines Against COVID-19.
  • Adaptive Platform Treatment Trial for Outpatients with COVID-19 (Adapt Out COVID) – AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5401
  • B-Enhancement of HBV Vaccination in Persons Living With HIV (BEe-HIVe)
  • An Open-Label, Phase II Pharmacokinetic Study to Evaluate Double-Dose Levonorgestrel Emergency Contraception in Combination with Efavirenz-Based Antiretroviral Therapy or Rifampicin-Containing Anti-Tuberculosis Therapy)
  • A Randomized Comparison of Three Regimens of Chemotherapy with Compatible Antiretroviral Therapy for Treatment of Advanced AIDS-KS in Resource-Limited Settings).
  • Management Using the Latest Technologies in Resource-Limited Settings to Optimize Combination Therapy After Viral Failure) (MULTI-OCTAVE)
  • An open label, single arm study of the safety and efficacy of DTG/3TC in therapy-naïve HIV-1 infected adolescents)
  • Kisumu Conrad Ring Study.
  • HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN052) Serodiscordant Study.
  • University of Washington/KEMRI – Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV-1, Survey: From Unmet Need to Unused Service.
  • PMTCT (Kisumu Breastfeeding) Study
  • Safe Water Study.


  • John Okanda, George Otieno, John Kinuthia, Pamela Kholar and Grace John-Stewart. Higher likelihood of 6-months exclusive breastfeeding among HIV infected than uninfected mothers: a household survey in Kenya. International Breastfeeding Journal (2018) 13:51 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13006-018-0190-9
  • John Kinuthia, Pamela Kohler, John Okanda, George Olilo, Frank Odhiambo and Grace John-Stewart. A Community-Based Assessment of Correlates of Facility Delivery among HIV Infected Women in Western Kenya. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2015) 15:46
  • John O Okanda, Craig B Borkowf, Sonali Girde, Timothy K Thomas, Shirley Lee Lecher. Exclusive Breastfeeding among Women Taking HAART for PMTCT of HIV-1 in the Kisumu Breastfeeding Study. BMC Pediatr 2014 Nov 7;14(1):280.
  • Pamela K Kohler, John Okanda, John Kinuthia, Lisa A Mills, George Olilo, Frank Odhiambo, Kayla F Laserson, Brenda Zierler, Joachim Voss, Grace John-Stewart. Community-Based Evaluation of PMTCT Uptake in Nyanza Province, Kenya. PLoS One 2014 Oct 31;9(10).
  • Pamela K Kohler, Kenneth Ondenge, Lisa A Mills, John Okanda, John Kinuthia, George Olilo, Frank Odhiambo, Kayla F Laserson, Brenda Zierler, Joachim Voss, Grace John-Stewart. Shame, Guilt, and Stress: Community Perceptions of Barriers to Engaging in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Programs in Western Kenya. AIDS Patient Care STDS 2014 Oct 31
  • Adam Akullian, Pamela Kohler, John Kinuthia, Kayla Laserson, Lisa A Mills, John Okanda, George Olilo, Maurice Ombok, Frank Odhiambo, Deepa Rao, Jonathan Wakefield, Grace John-Stewart. Geographic distribution of HIV stigma among women of childbearing age in rural Kenya. AIDS 2014 Jul;28(11):1665-72
  • Harris JR, Greene SK, Thomas TK, Ndivo R, Okanda J, Masaba R, Nyangau I, Thigpen MC, Hoekstra RM, Quick RE. Effect of a Point-of-Use Water Treatment and Safe Water Storage Intervention on Diarrhea in Infants of HIV-Infected Mothers. J Infect Dis. 2009 Oct 15; 2009(8): 1186-1193.