Nairobi School, Daystar University 1997-2002, Africa Nazarene University 2016-present
BA Communications, MSc Science Governance (ongoing)
Ministry of Health, National AIDs & STIs Control Programme (NASCOP)
Communications & Research Uptake Officer
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Favourite thing to do in my job: Always ask questions on how you can improve things and make a difference in other peoples lives so that they can live healthier and happier.
Getting people interested in our research work, how it benefits them and how they can get involved.
Explaining to various groups of people and individuals the nature and type of our work, how they can get involved and areas where we can complement our efforts in strengthening health systems research. In health systems we do work in the areas of improving child health and looking at the most common causes of death in children, how they can be addressed, issues around the health workforce and how health services like providing medicine and care can be improved in Nairobi county hospitals and other hospitals in Kenya especially given that a small workforce has to take care of a big population. Other areas involve research on how healthcare can be better financed, managed and strengthened through use of timely and accurate data.
My Typical Day
Meeting with our partners, communicating with them, keeping people informed on our websites, social media, designing and writing research briefs, newsletters, brochures, photography.
Communicating with our partners, planning for research work and meetings to share progress of our research, challenges and how we can address them. Keeping people informed through our websites (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, NDM – Oxford), social media, designing and writing research briefs, newsletters, brochures, photography and sometimes producing podcasts. Discussing, writing and at times conducting interviews with our research scientists to discuss the type of work that they do and how this work is creating an impact in the health sector (saving lives, getting people to think about how to collect quality data and provide quality care in hospitals).
What I'd do with the money
Sponsor students to attend science congress and pitch for a research or unique science concept that is innovative.
Sponsor students to attend science congress and pitch for a research or unique science concept that is innovative. Assist the school(s). Give back to assist strengthen the science or lab department as per need of required equipment or priority.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Pragmatic, loyal and dependable
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes for scaring my deskmate with a fake lizard
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A world class chef
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Chicken stew in peas, potato and carrots with chapati
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Rowing a boat on River Thames
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Own a horse, live in the countryside and farm, help the needy as much as I possibly can
Tell us a joke.
Asked the same question to my pet deer and she too has no eye deer :)