Lestradet Award for Education and Advocacy



Lucy Mungai

has won the Lestradet Award for Education and Advocacy 2017


Dr. Lucy Mungai grew up in the rural Kenya before taking her medical training from the University of Nairobi (UON), Kenya. She went on to become the first Pediatric Endocrinologist in Kenya after her subspecialty training at the University of Barcelona, Spain in 2007. She started the first pediatric endocrinology clinic in Kenya, at Kenyatta National Referral Hospital (KNH) in 2008. Given that there was no qualified nurse educator in KNH at that time, Lucy had to perform the two roles of being the endocrinologist and the educator.   

In 2008, before Lucy became a faculty member at the Pediatrics department, UON, in 2009, she volunteered to teach and be part of a team that wrote the syllabus for the Pediatric Endocrinology Training Centre for Africa (PETCA), a Fellowship training program in Nairobi, sponsored by WDF, ISPAD and ESPE.  By 2016, PETCA had trained 54 pediatric Endocrinologists in sub-Saharan Africa. Lucy is leading a team that updated the PETCA curriculum which awaits final approval as Fellowship program of the University of Nairobi.

AS a senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UON) and Head Pediatric Endocrinology at KNH, she directs the Diabetes in Practice course, a 2-day course taught to new Pediatric Residents before they start their clinical rotations. She leads the KNH Diabetes team by holding weekly group education forums for teenagers and adolescents. These forums have led Lucy to organize education activities for Health Care Professionals, parents and school teachers with diabetic children. In some cases, she has had to go against cultural norms to rescue diabetic children. She has assisted parents with diabetic children in Kenya, to register an association to highlight and deal with social problems faced by children with diabetes.

To increase the awareness about Pediatric diabetes, she had live interviews in several media stations in Kenya. Despite difficulties encountered in importing free medicine to Kenya, she has managed to receive donations of free insulin, glucometers and glucose strips for the needy diabetic children in Kenya from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

Lucy is the founder president for African Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE) and was the convener of two past annual ASPAE conferences. ASPAE aims to improve the management of childhood diabetes and endocrine problems through education and research and keep the African Endocrinologists updated. She is the convener for 9th ASPAE annual conference scheduled for March 14-16, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.


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