Dr. Stellah Wairimu

Dr. Stellah Wairimu

Stellah is a queer feminist and medical doctor. She has extensive experience in patient care, medical operations and management in the public & private sectors and public health advocacy. Since 2013, she has been Vice Chair of the HIV/AIDS Tribunal of Kenya and was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Medical Association. Previously, she served as Healthcare Business Manager at Avenue Healthcare and Medical Officer at Murang’a District Hospital.

Stellah was a consultant in the development of the East Africa Community HIV/AIDS Management Act, and led the Kenya Medical Association in providing expert witnesses to support a recent challenge to forced anal examination and HIV testing to confirm same-sex sexual activity, and to the ongoing constitutional petition to decriminalise homosexuality in Kenya. She has also severally consulted for Palladium, the Network for People Living with HIV in Kenya, Jinsiangu, Coalition on Violence Against Women, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya), International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN).

Stellah is a Board Member of Carolina for Kibera, a poverty alleviation campaign in the informal settlement of Kibera where she grew up; and is the immediate former Board Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) in Kenya. She has a Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Strathmore University.

Stellah is a Future Leaders Connect Fellow (2018), an Aspen Fellow (2018), an Acumen Fellow (2019), and was named among Kenya’s top 40 under 40 influential women of 2017, and among the top 20 Science Face of Kenya, 2018.