Dr. Chemtai Mungo is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Global Health at the University of North Carolina in the United States. She was born and raised in Kenya and did her undergraduate and medical training in the United States. Dr. Mungo is passionate about using research, advocacy, and capacity-building to pursue global women’s health equity. Her research is focused on increasing access to effective, evidence-based secondary prevention of cervical cancer in Africa, particularly focused on women living with HIV.
Dr. Mungo received a bachelor’s degree with Honors from the University of California in Berkeley. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where she graduated with Distinction in Clinical and Translational Research. She also completed a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Mungo has published seventeen peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals and is leading several clinical trials evaluating the feasibility of using topical, self-administered therapies for HPV and cervical precancer treatment in low-resource settings. She was named a Young Cancer Leader in 2021 by the Union of International Cancer Control and, in 2022, received the Victoria’s Secret Global Fund for Women’s Cancers Career Development Award. Her research is also funded by the National Institute of Health (U.S.A) and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Mungo is motivated by her experiences growing up in a small town in Kenya and witnessing the health impact of weak health systems among women already facing the double burden of poverty and patriarchy.