Dr. Peter Muchiri Ngatia has received the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (E.B.S). The award conferred by Kenya’s Head of State, President Mwai Kibaki, was presented during the 47th Jamhuri (Republic and Independence) Day Celebrations.
While making the announcement, the Kenyan Head of State said, “I would like recognize Dr Peter Muchiri Ngatia for outstanding and distinguished services in national and global health.”
“This is really recognition for AMREF,” said Dr Ngatia. “Everything I have done nationally and globally has been through and on behalf of AMREF and the very good people I have known and worked with and for, over the last 25 years. I thank them all. God Bless ALL!”
The order of the Elder of the Burning Spear (E.B.S) award was instituted by the Government of Kenya after independence and is one of the highest civilian service awards granted by the President of Kenya.
Upon news of the honour, AMREF Director General Dr. Teguest Guerma said, “This is indeed a well deserved award. Peter has committed his entire working life to health development and has been dedicated to Kenya and Africa all through his career.”
Dr. Ngatia is currently the Director of Capacity Building at the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) in Nairobi, Kenya and is responsible for overall training and building the capacity of the health workforce serving the communities AMREF works in. His work at AMREF spans 25 years holding positions such as:
- Acting Director General of AMREF
- Director of Programs, AMREF
- Country Director, Uganda
- Chief Technical Advisor, seconded to MoH Uganda by AMREF
- Team Leader, Planning and Training Project, Uganda
- Regional Program Officer, Regional Training Programme, Nairobi. Conducted training in Somalia, Ethiopia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda.
Prior to joining AMREF, Dr. Ngatia worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Health at Kenyatta National Hospital and the Kenya Medical Training Centre as a lecturer and Head of Faculty of Medical Education.
In his professional life, Dr. Ngatia has conducted numerous research projects, served short-term consultancies and written for professional publications. His expertise in Health Development has been sought by Regional Ministries of Health, the World Bank, EU, UNESCO, WHO, Universities throughout Africa and in Europe and several international development agencies (Ireland Aid, CIDA, SIDA, USAID, etc).
Dr Ngatia holds academic qualifications in Rehabilitation Medicine (BSc.), Medical Education and Public Health, and a PhD in Medical Education, Planning and Development from the University of Alberta, Canada.
This is indeed exciting news, and a fitting reward for Peter’s many years of service to the people of Africa through his unwavering focus on the development of human resources for health. We join in celebrating his high honor.