The CHAIN Network – Nairobi Coordination Center, Kenya
Role: Primary Coordination Center
Coordination site leaders: P. Sukhtankar, C. Olima, J. Soreng
The CHAIN Network has established its main coordination center in Nairobi, Kenya. The coordination team helps to support logistics as well as guide the implementation of all research activities at each site.
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, P.O Box 43640 – 00100, 197 Lenana Place, Off Lenana Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
+254 730 162000
Dr Sukhtankar is a general paediatrician with an interest in infectious diseases. She studied medicine at the University of Bristol UK, and worked and trained for 12 years in the NHS in paediatrics, including PICU, NICU, nephrology, cardiology and oncology, mainly in the Wessex region in the South of England. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Oxford in 2011, and worked for 3 years as a clinical research fellow in Southampton doing vaccine trials and coordinating a UK-wide study on paediatric bone and joint infections. She enjoys life as a clinical paediatrician, engaging with children of different ages, and the challenge of the vast range of different illnesses and treatments that it presents, particularly in low-resource settings. As clinical lead for the CHAIN study, she has the wonderful opportunity to travel to a number of sites and work with different teams. When not travelling, Dr. Sukhtankar lives in Nairobi and spends her free time getting out of the city to go running and cycling, reading, and practising yoga.
With 10 years of experience managing large scale projects, Caroline Tigoi joined The CHAIN Network as head Laboratory Coordinator. She holds a Masters in Medical Virology from Jomo Kenyatta University and an MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. In CHAIN, she supports logistics and harmonizes procedures carried out at each international research sites. Her work includes developing detailed Standard Operating Procedures for all samples to be processed, and stored similarly across CHAIN sites (i.e., in different countries with variable resources and available equipment). She is also responsible for the implementation and operation of the bio-repository for the CHAIN study in Kilifi, Kenya, and oversees consumable supply, sample labelling and storage systems according to international standards. Prior to returning to KEMRI/Wellcome trust, she had worked as a Project Manager at the Martin Lûscher Emerging Infectious Laboratory at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). Before this, she had worked at KEMRI/Wellcome trust in the EPI/DSS cluster and coordinated large scale lab-based epidemiological studies. Caroline has developed great skill in coordinating research projects carried out in low-resource and challenging settings.
Jiwanti Soreng works as a Project Manager. She coordinates day to day activities and smooths the overall operations of The CHAIN Network. She is in charge of the operational budget for all project sites across Asia and Africa and provides, in collaboration with Oxford, financial oversight. She also closely oversees the execution of agreements and contracts and provides coordination, administrative and project management support to all team across sites. She tracks the study timeline and milestones for The CHAIN Network.
Prior to her joining CHAIN, she worked with KEMRI/CDC Public Health Research in Western Kenya as a Senior Program Administrator for Health and Demographic Surveillance System. She provided administration and grants management support for collaborative projects with DFID, Bill & Melinda Gates, CDC, WHO and other third party projects alongside managing Cooperative Agreement (USG) Fund for close to 7 years. She has Master degree in Business Administration from Maseno University, Kenya and Bachelor of Commerce from Meerut University, U.P, INDIA.
The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN) is a multinational research group that aims to optimize the management and care of highly vulnerable children in resource-limited settings to improve survival, growth and development.