University of Nairobi
University of Maryland/Washington

MNCH Linked Award

Linked- Strengthening Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Research Training in Kenya is an award linked to the programmatic grant of the Partnership for Innovative Medical Education in Kenya (PRIME Kenya). The overarching aim of this Linked Award is to establish a Collaborative Center of Excellence in Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health (MNCH) at the University of Nairobi (UON) which will build research capacity and provide outstanding training in implementation science and applied research, health metrics and evaluation, and program leadership relevant to achieving Kenya's health development goals.

This grant which is part of the PEPFAR-NIH funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative has spearheaded training in implementation science as it relates to MNCH and launched MNCH mentored projects in over six Ministry of Health hospitals across the country. The University of Nairobi partnered with the University of Washington (UW) in the Linked MNCH grant and now looks to consolidate the gains from this projects through establishing long-term institutional frameworks for collaboration in MNCH.

Team Members

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Dr. Dalton Wamalwa
Principal Investigator

Dr. Dalton Wamalwa is the Principal Investigator. He is responsible for the overall coordination of onsite activities of Linked MNCH award including research and training.

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Kenyatta National Hospital. He has also partnered with the University of Washington in various research projects on Paediatric HIV.

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Dr John Kinuthia
Aim1 Lead

Dr Kinuthia provides leadership on Linked MNCH strategy on Building implementation science capacity in MNCH that translates into policy and practice.

Dr Kinuthia is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Kenyatta National Hospital and honorary lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi. Dr Kinuthia is a co-investigator in a number of PMTCT studies.

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Prof Fred Were
AIM 2 Lead

Prof Were leads strategy on developing and promoting decentralized implementation science research in MNCH.

He is a Professor and Neonatologist in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has been involved in multiple national and international initiatives that promotes newborn survival. Prof Were is, the current president of East African Paediatric Association and a temporary WHO advisor on pneumococcal vaccine.

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Dr Onesmus Gachuno
AIM 3 Lead

Dr. Gachuno leads the strategy that enhances MNCH leadership capacity to harness emerging implementation science strength.

Dr Gachuno is a Lecturer at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi and a consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Kenyatta National Hospital. Dr Gachuno is involved in PMTCT work at KNH and Ministry of Health (MoH) and is a key a founder member of Afya Bora Consortium.

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Prof Koigi Kamau

Prof Kamau provides oversight and mentorship on implementation science projects targeting reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality.

He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Prof Elizabeth Obimbo

Prof Obimbo leads and provides mentorship on research projects that targets the reduction of mortality among infants and children beyond the neonatal period. She also supports strategy on building implementation science capacity in MNCH that translates into policy and practice.

She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child health.

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Prof Joseph Wangombe

Prof Wang’ombe leads and provides mentorship on the design of community based aspects of the research and oversees the evaluation of cost-effectivess and sustainability of research projects.

He is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Nairobi.

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Prof. Ruth Nduati

Prof Nduati oversees the setting up of the decentralised training centres for decentralised post-graduate research projects.

She is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child health, University of Nairobi and consultant paediatrician at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

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Prof Grace Omoni

Prof Omoni leads and provides mentorship on the design of nursing sciences aspects of the research projects.

She is the director and an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing Sciences, University of Nairobi

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Dr. Kefa Bosire

Dr. Kefa Bosire is responsible for leading conceptualisation and conduct of implementation science research project targeting reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality.

He is a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.

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Prof Carey Farquhar

Prof Farquhar is the University of Washington Lead and is responsible for overseeing activities related to all three aims.

She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global Health, University of Washington.

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Prof Judith Wasserheit

Prof Wasserheit role is to assist with development and implementation of the decentralized clinical training model that builds on UW experience.

She is a Professor of Medicine and Global Health and Vice-Chair of the Department of Global Health.

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Prof Grace John-Stewart

Prof John-Stewart provides mentorship, input, and expertise in designing modules for targeted strategies to improve MCH, evaluation of program outcomes at community and system levels, and optimizing links between the UoN MCH initiative and the emerging Center for Maternal and Child Health at UW.

She a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Pediatrics University of Washington.

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Dr Minnie Kibore

Dr. Minnie Kibore is the University of Washington coordinator for the MEPI grant. She supports the implementation of PRONTO training.

She is a pediatrician by profession with special interest in child health and HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

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Dr. Boniface Osano
Program Coordinator

Dr. Boniface Osano is responsible for coordinating decentralised research, implementation science trainings and faculty development at the decentralised sites.

He is a Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child health, University of Nairobi.

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Mr. Kenneth Karumba
Administrator

Mr. Kenneth Karumba is responsible for programme administration which include HR management, health systems management, public finance and procurement.

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Mr George Wambiri
Accounts Assistant

Mr George Wambiri is responsible for budgeting, accounting and compiling financial reports for the project.

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Ms Millicent Njoki
Data Officer

Ms. Millicent Njoki is responsible for data management for the project.

She handles data collection, management and utilization as well as database creation.