Dr. Kendall is a Professor of Medical Anthropology and Community Health in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and Director of the Center for Global Health Equity. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris X, Nanterre and was an Adjunct Professor in the Medical Anthropology Doctoral Program of the Universitat Rodaviri y Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. He is the former Chair of the Department of International Health and Development at Tulane University. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (1984-1994) where he founded and directed the Center for International Community-based Health Research. His work there included a Rockefeller Foundation funded project to control dengue was in collaboration with Mexico, Honduras and Puerto Rico. From 1998-2000, Dr. Kendall visited the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he collaborated with colleagues in Ghana and the WHO to develop community-based approaches for child health programs.
Dr. Kendall is a Fulbright Senior Fellow, was a member of the Panel on Data and Research Priorities for Arresting AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Perspectives on the Role of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Malaria in Infants and was a member of the Commission on AIDS and Education of the American Anthropological Association. He served on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. Currently, he serves on numerous US National Institutes of Health review committees and is on the editorial board of four journals. Dr. Kendall has extensive international experience, having worked in more than forty countries.
In 2002, Dr. Kendall was awarded the six-year University Technical Assistance Project (UTAP) to support the CDC’s Global AIDS Program in the areas of evaluation, monitoring and surveillance. The project was active in eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Ethiopia, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zanzibar with full time staff in four of the countries. The project assists governments in developing, monitoring and evaluating systems. This includes new surveillance methods, health management information systems and human resources for health systems for HIV/AIDS and other endemic diseases. A large component of the multimillion dollar project is training and capacity building, working jointly with colleagues from the National School of Public Health in Brazil and Jimma University in Ethiopia, Africa’s first Master’s Program in Health Monitoring and Evaluation.
Capacity building in the health sciences has become a focus in the last decade, with work continuing in Brazil and Ethiopia. In Brazil, Dr. Kendall has a Science without Frontiers Award to bring Brazilian students to Tulane University. He works closely with the Masters and PhD program at the Federal University of Ceara, and with faculty at the University to publish research findings. Dr. Kendall collaborates with research groups on HIV and surveillance, including RDS, and on Leprosy, a continuing problem in Ceara. He is actively engaged in the second national round of surveillance for HIV among MSM in Brazil, and research on the health of women in prisons.