Mary Nyangasi

Mary Nyangasi

Public Health Specialist / Epidemiologist

Head of the National Cancer Control Programme
Ministry of Health, Department of Non-Communicable Diseases

A public health specialist/epidemiologist with interests in Non-Communicable Disease especially Cancer. I earned a medical degree from the University of Nairobi and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Disease Control from Kenyatta University. Holds postgraduate certificates in Non-Communicable Diseases diplomacy from Graduate Institute Geneva and Leadership and Management in Health from the University of Washington. I have experience spanning over 15 years in clinical practice and public health with 7 years of specialist oncology practice and currently working in the area of cancer control programming and policy. I am a member of the African Cancer Coalition and have contributed to the development of NCCN harmonized guidelines for head and neck cancers as well as the conceptualization and implementation of Chemosafe project in Kenya.

Brief on the current appointment: Head of the National Cancer Control Programme in the Ministry of Health within the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases, the arm within the Ministry that coordinates the implementation of cancer control activities on behalf of the Ministry. My main interest is in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention and control, research, innovations in public health for strengthening the health systems and implementation science.

Hobbies/ Others: I enjoy cooking especially trying out healthy menus, traveling, meeting new people, networking, and sharing ideas. I am an avid reader, mentor women in my community, and participate in community awareness and sensitization on health topics of interest.

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