Researcher Brings Passion Home with Data Science Project

Technology finally caught up with Akbar Waljee’s desire to conduct meaningful global health work in his native Kenya.

On the surface, professor of Internal Medicine Akbar Waljee’s latest collaboration is a puzzle. How does a US-trained gastroenterologist end up helping establish Eastern Africa’s first-ever data science hub with projects focused on mental and maternal health?

The answer is a story 30-plus years in the making, spanning two continents and two professional disciplines—medicine and computing—that have only recently begun to intersect.

Born and raised in Nairobi by his mother (his father passed away when Waljee was very young), Waljee knew at an early age that he wanted to be a doctor.

This article was published by Global Health Equity at the University of Michigan, read more HERE