Kizazi is the Kiswahili word for “Generations.” We adopted this name to reflect our mentorship model for researchers working in Women, Adolescent and Child health. Established in 2007, Kizazi aims to facilitate research utilizing a model of vertical and horizontal mentorship, whereby members receive frequent feedback on their progress from investigators with a wide range of experience and expertise.
The format of the meeting is informal, and groups are purposefully kept intimate to allow members to present frequently, and to encourage presentation of new ideas and works in progress. Presentations/discussions include thesis proposals, grant proposals, manuscripts, conference practice talks, data analyses, figure preparation, human subjects, ethics, and logistics.
Kizazi members have published 30+ peer-reviewed manuscripts, celebrated the graduation of 4 MPH and 3 PhD students, been awarded 14 career development grants, and have completed 6 trials/cohort studies in Kenya. The numerous conference presentations include CROI, IAS, ISSTDR, Pediatrics Workshop (DC), Dominque Dormont Maternal-Child Transmitted Infections, and Keystone Symposia.
The Working in Implementation Science (WISE) peer mentoring group includes faculty, staff, fellows, and trainees with an interest in implementation science. The group meets twice each month, focusing on members’ work in progress including grant proposals, manuscripts, and presentations.