Dr. Noelle Orata is a Consultant Pathologist who holds a Master of Medicine in Human Pathology (University of Nairobi), MBChB (University of Nairobi), currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Management (Strathmore University) with additional project management training in Global Health from the University of Washington. She is a lecturer and the Current Head of Department – Pathology at Mount Kenya University, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences and is involved in teaching and research in affiliation with other institutions.
She is the Current Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Clinical Pathologists (KACP). She is a Trustee and member of the medical committee as a technical expert at Faraja Cancer Support Trust. She is a member of the scientific committee, Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation offering technical advice on clinical care and laboratory management, health policy and research, quality assurance and health systems optimization. She has served on several technical working groups most recently in COVID19 preparedness supporting the Ministry of Health, Government of Kenya. She is a member of the East African Division of the International Association of Pathology (EADIAP) and Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA). She has also served as council member of the Kenya Medical Women’s Association.
She is currently involved as a laboratory specialist in an evaluation under the Africa Health Diagnostic Platform looking at the design and implementation of Public Private partnerships and assessing its impact on delivery of laboratory services in Kenya. She supported the designing of a specimen referral system to link public and private labs and human and vet labs for the Ministry of Health, Kenya. Her interest is in Health systems strengthening with a focus on Laboratory systems strengthening in Kenya and globally. Outside work she enjoys travelling, music and learning and understanding different cultures.