For over twenty-five years, the University of Nairobi has convened an annual review meeting, an esteemed tradition that persists. This year, PHDA had the honor of hosting this pivotal event, held over a week at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi. Celebrating the 44th anniversary of collaborative efforts that originated as a modest research initiative on chancroid in Kenya during the 1980s, the gathering served as a forum uniting diverse stakeholders, including researchers, students, government officials, donors, and community representatives. The primary objective of this gathering is to facilitate discourse on the latest research findings, ongoing initiatives, and strategic plans in the realm of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and sexual and reproductive health.

The thematic expansion during this year’s proceedings saw a broadened research focus encompassing digital health, mental health, pandemic preparedness, and data protection, indicative of evolving priorities and emerging challenges within the field.

In summation, the University of Nairobi’s annual collaborative meeting stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of partnership and inquiry driving advancements in HIV/AIDS, STI, and sexual and reproductive health research. As custodians of this noble endeavor, PHDA remains steadfast in its commitment to catalyzing positive change and advancing the frontiers of public health innovation.