Board of Directors

Robert Bailey is Co-founder and Secretary of the Executive Committee of NRHS and Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Robert holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University and an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University.  From 1984 until 1994, he taught Biological Anthropology at University of California Los Angeles. He then worked for two years in the Division of HIV/AIDS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he joined the faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1996.  Prof. Bailey’s research and public health efforts have focused primarily on issues of human health in Africa and has included investigations of demography, growth and nutrition of Efe Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prevention of maternal to child transmission of HIV in Ivory Coast and Thailand, risk factors for sexually transmitted infections and HIV in the Congo, Uganda and Kenya,  support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and risk factors for HIV in men who have sex with men in Kenya.

He was the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded randomized controlled trial of male circumcision for HIV prevention in Kisumu with NRHS as the key Kenyan organization.  He has supervised studies in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Dominican Republic and Papua Indonesia into acceptability and feasibility of introducing circumcision for HIV/STD prevention and reproductive health.  He has served on the Board of NRHS since its inception in 2002 and has collaborated with NRHS and FHI 360, the U.S. Government under CDC-PEPFAR, and the Kenyan Ministry of Health to provide a comprehensive package of HIV prevention services including male circumcision in western Kenya and to conduct operational research in conjunction with those interventions.

Bailey collaborates with investigators and policy makers from numerous countries and institutions around the world.  Author or co-author of six books and over 120 publications, Prof. Bailey consults on matters relating to national and international health and infectious disease prevention for the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UNICEF, USAID, CDC, and others.

Alie Eleveld is a pediatric Nurse from the Netherlands, specialized in Tropical Medicine and PublicHealth. She holds a  Master in Public Health with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked in Eastern Africa (Zambia, Congo, South Sudan and Kenya) leading public health programs and research since 1984. She is permanent resident in Kenya. She is founder of Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) an award winning NGO which is operating in 7 counties in Western Kenya with public health programs, research and emergency response. SWAPs mission is to provide innovative
solutions for improved health and economic status of communities.

Under her leadership SWAP has implemented research in partnership with GOK and National and International Research Partners focused on WASH, Menstrual Hygiene Management, Early Childhood Development, Maternal and Child Health, Clean Cook stoves and COVID-19. This has led to over 60 publications in International peer reviewed journals. Alie serves as Vice Chair in the Board of Nyanza Reproductive Health Society and has been active member of the Health NGO Network (HENNET) and was National Chair between 2017 and 2019. She further provides advisory services in various MOH led technical working groups.

Alie was decorated by the Dutch Queen as “Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau” for her work in HIV and her dedication to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable and marginalized communities. In 2020 she was appointed by the Council of Governors as member of the Lake Region Economic Bloc COVID-19 advisory committee of eminent persons.