Dr Kahura Mundia, 36

Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgeon, Deputy Chairperson

Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU)

When the teachers of Ngunyumu Primary School in Nairobi’s Korogocho were shaping Dr Mundia, they reminded him that he would be a great person someday, and that is where his dream of becoming a doctor was planted.

He was always disturbed when he went to the hospital to find either no doctor was around or long queues on occasions when one was available.

Years later, he wears many hats, and his file has three flashy degrees so far. His first love was medicine, so he studied to be a dentist at the University of Nairobi. To complement his career, he saw a shortfall of doctors who understood the legal jargon and enrolled in law school. After that, he realised employment may not always cut it, so he went to school again to study a business course at Strathmore University. In between, he also studied for a diploma in Information Technology.

He continues to fly high as his wings, like a butterfly, show the beauty of evolving.

"He is a cheerful giver, which is why, for 10 years now, he has been part of charity activities that he organizes to help the underprivileged in society."

Besides, he is a cheerful giver, which is why, for 10 years now, he has been part of charity activities that he organises to help the underprivileged in society. Most of his charity work involves offering pro bono medical and legal help to people in the communities.

He says that being in the healthcare sector as a clinician and his inclination to the policy sector based on his legal career makes him understand issues happening at grassroots levels, which is why he advocates for strengthening healthcare systems.

Dr Mundia says to be a voice of change in society, one should consider speaking up whenever things go wrong.

The Starehe Boys’ Centre alumnus says that part of his motivation to advance his career in different fields after studying medicine was the premature implementation of healthcare under the devolved function to Counties.

How, then, does he juggle all these professions, especially law and medicine, you may ask.

He runs his clinics from Monday to Wednesday, attending to surgical procedures that need his attention. On days he has no surgeries, he visits patients in the wards. When he finds some time, he wears the legal hat.

He says that everything falls in place, especially in our virtual world.

Hellen Shikanda