Dr. Benjamin Kagina is a Research Officer/Vaccinologist at VACFA. Benjamin has a MSc. Degree in Epidemiology (from the Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT, Kenya) and a PhD in Clinical Sciences & Immunology (from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa). Currently, Benjamin's role is to lead the day to day operations of the group as well as the strategic growth of VACFA. Benjamin works closely with Dr. Rudzani Muloiwa and Prof. Gregory Hussey.
Benjamin's PhD studies focused on human tuberculosis (TB) immunology and vaccinology. He worked on a project aimed at identifying correlates of risk against TB, induced by BCG vaccination to 10 weeks old infants in South Africa. After PhD, he took a postdoctoral fellowship position at the South African TB Vaccine Initiative (SATVI), with main role being to provide scientific oversight to several new TB vaccines undergoing clinical trials.
Benjamin joined VACFA in 2013 to broaden his skills in vaccinology under the mentorship of Prof. Hussey. From 2013 to 2015, Benjamin was a postdoctoral fellow at VACFA. Benjamin joined a faculty position at VACFA in 2016 as a Research Officer/Vaccinologist. His research is on evidence-based practice in the field of vaccinology. The broader aim of Benjamin's research is to identify strategies that can improve vaccination programs in Africa, and the rest of the world by extension.
Most of Benjamin's projects have a training component to allow postgraduate students (MPH) to develop dissertation topic within the research projects. Ongoing systematic review research projects under Benjamin's leadership includes:
1) Mass immunization campaigns as strategies to improve vaccine coverage in low and middle income countries;
2) Interventions to improve vaccine-induced immunity among HIV-infected persons;
3) Epidemiology of Hepatitis A Virus in Africa;
4) Understanding vaccine hesitancy in Africa
Benjamin is also interested in using web analytics to improve presentation and communication of vaccines' information to the public.
Benjamin is a co-convener of the Annual African Vaccinology Course that is conducted by VACFA. He is involved in teaching and supervision of postgraduate students as well as in the development of the vaccinology materials for both academic and non-academic training.
For publications authored/co-authored by Kagina and indexed in PubMed database, go to the database and search for articles by "Kagina B".
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Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA)
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University of Cape Town
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