Prof. Miriam Were is a MEPI CC Counselor was designated in 2011 as Kenya’s Community Health Strategy Goodwill Ambassador for lifelong commitment to organizing health care services from the Community level with the community as the Foundation of the National Health Care system. She is also on the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and on the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy on women’s and children’s health: Every Woman Every Child. Prof Were was Chair of the National AIDS Control Council of Kenya until 2009 when her second term ended. She is married to Humphreys Rapando Were and they are parents and grandparents. Mama Miriam’s qualifications include an MPH (1976) and a Doctor of Public Health (1981) from the John Hopkins University, USA; the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1973) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; a Post graduate Diploma in Education (1966) University of East Africa, Makerere University College Uganda; a Bachelor’s degree with composite major in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (1964) from William Penn College, Lowa, USA. She was listed in 1964 among Who’s Who Among Students Graduating in American Colleges and Universities. The Prof’s Career path has included teaching in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health, University of Nairobi 1974-1985 during which there was the establishment of the first Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program in Kenya. UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition and then Representative of WHO, 1985-1993, in Ethiopia. Then from 1993 to 2000 as a Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Support Team Addis Ababa (UNFPA/CSTAA) in which she had responsibilities for countries in Eastern, Central and Anglophone West Africa. In the summer of 1990, she was a visiting Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University, Montreal. Prior to joining the teaching ranks in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi, Mama Miriam worked as a Medical Officer in Kenya’s Ministry of Health. Mama Miriam’s achievements have been celebrated in her country and internationally. Internationally she is one of the first two people to receive the prestigious Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize by Japan in May, 2008. In October 2008, she received the honour of Knight in the Legion of Honor in the French National Order for distinguished service in health and development in Africa with a particular emphasis on children, mothers and youth in 2007. Prof Were was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Gold Medal in Public Health for Outstanding Contributions to International Public Health in the Commonwealth. Also in 2007, she received the World YWCA Trail Blazer Award in the category of Women Leading Change for lifelong commitment to improving the health of disadvantaged people. In 2006, she received the Medal of the Italian Cabinet by PioManzu’s Centre for work on improving life of the poor. In her home country of Kenya, Prof. Were has twice received National honors from the Head of State when H.E. the President awarded her the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) on National Day in 2005 for distinguished service rendered to the nation in the fields of Medical Education, in the practice of Public Health and Leadership in the National Response in HIV/AIDS.