Borna Nyaoke-Anoke

Kenyan physician and clinical researcher

Borna Nyaoke-Anoke (born in 1987) is a Kenyan physician and clinical researcher, who works as a Manager of Clinical Trials at Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative/ Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (DNDi/GARDP). She previously worked as a Clinical Trial Manager at the KAVI (Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative) Institute of Clinical Research, based in the University of Nairobi.


  • We need research here in Africa that will inform policies and test-and-treat strategies, so that as clinicians we can give the best options to people with COVID19.

"Africa's largest clinical trial for early stage COVID-19 drugs launches" (2021)


"Africa's largest clinical trial for early stage COVID-19 drugs launches", Devex (April 27, 2021)

  • We cannot compare our health capacity with that in Europe or America. What might be considered a small number of severe diseases in the global north might have devastating consequences in Africa.
  • We want to prevent that progression to severe disease so that we don’t overwhelm our health care facilities.
  • It paints a bleak picture of when the continent will achieve herd immunity.
  • There is a great need to ensure that before everyone has access to these vaccines, for those who do get sick, we are able to assist them in curing the disease or preventing its progression into a more severe disease.
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