Emma Ochieng

I am Emma Ochieng, a passionate researcher and data collector at Global Health Innovation Foundation Kenya. My journey with GHI began not just as a job, but as a calling to make a difference in the lives of HIV pregnant women, children, adolescents, and women of reproductive age. My love for research and hands-on experience with data collection have been my driving force. One of the significant impacts I’ve made was identifying a gap in partner testing and disclosure. I discovered that many HIV positive women had not disclosed their HIV status to their partners due to various reasons. Recognizing this problem, I initiated assisted disclosure, partner testing, and linkage to care for such partners through the HTS Department. This initiative has brought about a transformation in these women’s lives, making them feel less isolated and more supported. Moreover, through meticulous data collection, I’ve been able to identify needy women and link them with programs promoting women’s economic empowerment. Seeing the smiles on their faces after receiving the help they need is a feeling of fulfillment that words can’t express. Every day, I am reminded of why I chose this path. The gratitude in the eyes of the people we assist, their heartfelt thanks, and the knowledge that our work genuinely changes lives, solidifies my commitment to GHI. It’s more than just a job; it’s a mission to bring about change, one life at a time. And I am proud to be part of this incredible journey.