Susan Wafula is the nominated Cabinet Secretary for Health following the announcement of the cabinet by president William Ruto.
Susan Nakhumicha Wafula, an articulate woman who wears many hats, will succeed outgoing CS Mutahi Kagwe, whose tenure has been rocky, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, when Kenya’s healthcare delivery system was stretched to its breaking point.
Nakhumicha, a procurement professional, will handle a sensitive case that requires cooperation between the two levels of government. The perennial health challenges of insufficient specialists, demoralized medics, and runaway graft have been like an albatross around the health ministry’s neck.
Susan Age and Place of Birth
Susan Wafula was born in western Kenya, Trans-Nzoia county. Her exact date of birth and current age are not yet known to the public.
Susan Wafula Education
Her impressive resume includes a Diploma in Pharmacy from the Kenya Medical Training Institute (KMTC) and a Diploma in Healthcare Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
She enrolled at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 2012 to pursue a Masters’s degree in Procurement, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management. She interned at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency after the program (KEMSA). Wafula is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from JKUAT in Business Management, Logistics, and Supply Chain.
Wafula has a distinguished career in the health sector, having worked with NGOs and corporations. She describes herself as having expertise in procurement and supply chain on her LinkedIn profile. She claims that her knowledge of efficient tracking and traceability of goods can improve supply chain performance in four key areas: efficiency, reliability, resilience, and sustainability.
Prior to joining President Ruto’s administration, she worked as the Head of Supply for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Global Program for Research and Training. In order to address the challenges of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis, UCSF collaborates with health stakeholders.
Wafula’s UCSF portfolio includes developing procurement plans, contract negotiations, managing regulations, and conducting prequalification for a variety of suppliers.
She previously worked as the Nairobi Women’s Hospital’s Procurement and Logistics Manager. She worked as the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies’ purchasing manager from 2007 to 2013. Wafula also worked as the pharmacy manager for the AAR Kisumu branch.
Susan Wafula Politics
Wafula ran unsuccessfully for the Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative seat in 2022, finishing third. She is also the national vice chairperson for women, youth, and children in the Ford-Kenya party.
Susan Wafula Husband and Kids
Details of Susan Wafula’s husband and kids are not yet in the public domain. We are following up and will update this information soon.
Susan Wafula Tribe
As the name suggests, Susan Wafula is a Luhya by tribe, She hails from western Kenya, Trans-Nzoia county.
Susan Wafula Net Worth
Having worked for various organizations and institutions at top-level jobs, she has gathered significant fortunes to her name. However, her exact net worth is unknown as she has not been in the limelight until the 2022 appointment to the cabinet.