Professor Jeremiah Chakaya

Professor of global respiratory health


President, The Union
Technical Director, Respiratory Society of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Muhwa Jeremiah Chakaya, is a Professor, Global Respiratory Health, at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Prof. Chakaya hails from Kenya where he was born and educated and where he practices and teaches respiratory medicine.

He graduated from the University of Nairobi with a basic degree in medicine and surgery (MBChB) in 1985 and a master’s degree in internal medicine (M.Med) in 1992. He then went on to study lung medicine at the National Lung and Heart Institute, University of London at the Royal Brompton Hospital  and at the Kyorin University Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

Prof. Chakaya worked as a TB and Lung disease researcher at the Centre for Respiratory Diseases Research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and later served as the TB Program Manager at the Ministry of Health between 2003 and 2006.

At the international level, Prof. Chakaya has held several positions including, Vice Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board, Chair of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group  for TB (STAG-TB ) of the World Health Organization (WHO), Chair of the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel (TRP) and President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease ( the Union).  Prof. Chakaya is a founder member of the Respiratory Society of Kenya (ReSoK) and has remained closely engaged with this organization.  He is a member of the Pan African Thoracic Society and serves in the executive committee of this organization. He has a honorary teaching position at the school of medicine, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.