National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Kenya
Mercy Nyakowa is the Viral Hepatitis lead for the People Who Use/ Inject Drugs at the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) within the Kenyan Ministry of Health. She is a certified implementation Scientist with the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She has been the lead of various Studies among the PWIDs in Kenya ranging including HCV treatment efficacy and reinfection studies whose findings facilitated treatment scale up in the country.
Mercy is involved in research that spans from designing, implementing, disseminating and bringing to scale evidence-based health interventions. Her research interests are in implementation science with the direct translation of research results into policy and practice. She is a member of Kenya National Harm reduction technical working groups where she is involved with the development of National level strategic plans, National Guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools.