Dr. Gakumo has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. Her interest in global nursing stems from her experience in global health research as well as from her participation in the WHOCC's Global Health Professional Fellows Program in 2011 and 2012. Her current area of research is in promoting health literacy and treatment adherence in individuals living with HIV.
Her long-term goals are to expand this research on a global level to be culturally relevant for specific countries in Africa, such as in Zambia and Kenya. Her global health scholarly activities include co-authoring two manuscripts that focus on HIV prevention in Cameroonian preadolescents. She has also co-authored research in HIV and cognition that has been presented internationally and she is currently co-investigator on a Health Services Foundation grant to enhance interprofessional global health learning opportunities for UAB students. Dr. Gakumo is currently an advisory council member of the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program at UAB and she is a faculty member for the Global Health Interest Group within the School of Nursing. She opened her home to host Malawian and Zambian scholars visiting UAB in 2011. Her current scholarly activities, as well as her future research goals are aligned with WHOCC's goals.