- Community and Global Health
- PhD, Gender and Health
- MSc, International Health
- BSc, Biology
I am a specialist in health policy and management with experience in training and strengthening capacity of health systems and services. I have special interest in multidisciplinary approaches to improving health outcomes through research, innovation and the use of technology.
My academic qualifications comprise a PhD in Gender and Health (Australia); MSc in International Health (USA) and a BSc in Biology (USA).
I am currently a lecturer in the department of Health Policy and Management at the Moi University School of Public Health in Kenya. I am also Co-Chair for the Public Health and Primary Care working group at the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH).
I have undertaken and published research in areas of maternal and child health, innovative technologies to improve health outcomes, health systems research, disaster preparedness, food security and climate change.
As part of my PhD work at University of Newcastle, I did a study that focused on describing the incidence of and investigating risk factors associated with, maternal and neonatal mortality at a major tertiary hospital in Kenya. The findings provided information contributed to the development of protocols covering the management of major causes of maternal mortality, training of health personnel on emergency obstetric and neonatal care, regular purchase of basic equipment for newborn management, and supportive supervision and feedback to referring hospitals.
Other notable contributions to science include participation as a co-investigator in a study involving Innovative Community Sourcing Techniques to Investigate Reproductive Health Issues in a Population Aged 13-65 Years in Western Kenya, which is currently ongoing. The findings have been important in providing stories from the community about reproductive health issues in Kenya. I am also a co- investigator in a study assessing Strategic Leadership Training Needs Assessment in Kenya, in collaboration with five other countries in Africa and Indiana University for the DrPH in Global Health Leadership program. I have also been a consultant for the Global Network economic evaluation of the study on ultrasound use to improve pregnancy outcomes in low resource settings. I am also a consultant for the consortium for Partners enhancing resilience for people exposed to risks in Kenya where we have been involved in developing short courses and training communities on disaster risk reduction, nutrition and food security to develop resilient communities. I have also been a consultant for various health projects in collaboration with the Uasin Gishu County Health Department.