LRHG Course: Lecture 20 - Cultural Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder in Africa

October 04, 2023

The Tunis Global Center celebrated a significant milestone : the 20th lecture of the LRHG course, marking the start of the academic year 2022-2023.

This event was a special collaboration between the Tunis Center, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, and the Nairobi Global Center. Our guest, Dr. Syokau Ilovi, is an internist, and clinical geneticist at the Nairobi School of Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

The lecture provided a deep exploration into the relationship between culture and Autism Spectrum Disorder within the African context. Dr. Syokau Ilovi offered valuable insights into whether, with thousands of years of migration, Africans still retain some cultural similarities in this regard. She also delved into what African cultures believe and understand about the disorder, and how these cultural perspectives can positively impact the health and well-being of individuals with the disorder, their families, and their communities. Ilovi also stressed the importance of incorporating ethnographic evaluations into African genetic studies related to the disorder, recognizing that such an approach can lead to better outcomes and potential breakthroughs in research initiatives.

Watch the full recording here for a deeper dive into this lecture.


More about the speaker:

Dr. Syokau Ilovi is an Internist and Clinical Geneticist at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine, Kenya. With 18 years of clinical experience, her areas of interest span academic and clinical medicine, research, and patient advocacy. Having recently undertaken training in clinical genetics, her current focus is on advancing genetics within the Kenyan population through clinical care, research and policy formulation.