Dr. Paula Braitstein
Co-Field Director of Research for AMPATH
Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the AMPATH Consortium
Dr. Paula Braitstein is an epidemiologist who has been living and working in Eldoret, Kenya, since the beginning of 2007. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Paula spent 13 years working in the community-based HIV/AIDS movement in Canada as an HIV treatment educator and activist. After receiving her MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), Paula completed both an MSc and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and went on to do her post-doctoral research in Bern, Switzerland, working with the Antiretroviral Treatment in Lower Income Countries. Her research foci today are concentrated on HIV implementation research in sub-Saharan Africa, and vulnerable and marginalized children and adolescents, including orphans, street-involved children and youth, and HIV-infected and affected children. Currently, Paula serves as the Co-Field Director of Research for AMPATH, and Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the AMPATH Consortium. In addition, Paula passion's for nature conservancy is seen in her work with the Pombo-Sabor Kaptagat Forest Users Conservation Group in western Kenya, where her husband and she live near what is left of an old-growth indigenous forest. Since 2011, the group has planted more than 150,000 indigenous trees, established an indigenous tree nursery with nearly 20,000 indigenous seedlings, and undertaken significant community education and advocacy to eliminate hazardous charcoal burning and to protect the endangered Kaptagat Forest.