Under the Institute of Tropical Medicine, EWI's program, I work at the Reproductive and Maternal Health unit with Prof Lenka to better understand within urban variation and vulnerability in terms of maternal health interventions and services, moving from an urban/rural dichotomy to a gradient based on satellite imagery in LMICs. This includes modelling robust travel time to emergency care, referral pathways, and making inferences on the coverage of interventions at high spatial resolution, climate change and maternal vulnerability.
Centre for Health Informatics, Computing, and Statistics, Lancaster University
Royal Society - Newton International fellow-postdoc March 2021-March 2023
I was successful in my application for the Newton International fellowship by The Royal Society to undertake my postdoc at Lancaster University at Centre for Health Informatics, Computing, and Statistics within Lancaster Medical School. I worked with Dr Emanuele Giorgi to develop geostatistical methods for mapping disease prevalence in presence of incomplete spatial information in low resource settings
Visiting Researcher March 2021 -
At KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme I work with the Population health Unit where we continually explore population health at high spatial and temporal resolution. I closely work with Dr Prof Okiro and Prof Bob Snow on health geography
Career development fellow Octo 2020- Feb 2021
Immediately after completing PhD, I had a career development year to chart a way for my research. I used this time mainly to finish my PhD papers, generate new ideas for applications and establish more collaborative and employment networks.
PhD spatial epidemiology, awarded November 2020
Milton Keynes, UK, & Nairobi, Kenya
I was interested in understanding child survival in Kenya since independence, the disparity in the coverage of child health interventions, and the impact of these interventions on child survival at the subnational level. It was a tough, yet fulfilling journey, a childhood dream. Always grateful to my supportive advisors, Dr Emelda, Prof Bob Snow, Prof Benn Sartorius and Dr Giorgi and the scholarship from The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders. I got rich experience attending international conferences, seminars and short courses across Africa, Europe and America. I built a rich network of researchers in my field and worked with many stakeholders including the local media discussing child survival in Kenya to both the experts and general audience. One of my PhD papers won an international award
MSc. Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing earned December 2017
My passion for spatial health metrics and their application in better understanding of health problems gave me an impetus to pursue a two years master's course. Predictably, I used spatial models to estimate the number of pregnant women who likely missed a bed net during their antenatal clinics. This was a tough time, where I worked up to 5 PM before finding my way to the lecture halls for evening classes. The process taught me patience and looking at the bigger picture. My gratitude to the Higher Loans Education Board for the scholarship.
Assistant Geospatial research Officer Sept 2015- Feb 2017
I landed an opportunity just after completing my Postgraduate diploma within the Spatial health metrics group. I liked the working environment and opportunities to grow. My work was mainly mapping malaria prevalence, coverage of malaria control measures, modelling spatial accessibility and assembling spatial databases of health facilities.
We worked closely with national malaria control programmes to support decision making using evidence through the LINK and INFORM projects. My career in health geography was shaped during this time by Prof Abdisalan Noor and Prof Bob Snow.
Postgraduate diploma in health research Methods Jan-Aug 2015
Kilifi and Nairobi, Kenya
I was physically located at the KWTRP office in Nairobi and registered with Pwani University, Kilifi. I enjoyed taught sessions on epidemiology and research, conducted an interesting research project, participated in scientific seminars, and journal clubs. I was guided by prof Abdisalan Noor. My project, analyzing spatial accessibility to basic public health services in South Sudan would form the basis of my interest in spatial accessibility analysis, healthcare utilization and health geography. This was facilitated by a scholarship from The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL). My first time in an aircraft was during this time, a childhood dream.
Topsurv Geosystems Ltd
Geomatic Engineer, Jan-December 2014
I was given my first opportunity to practice what I had learnt on Campus. I engaged in many engineering survey and cadastral projects. My most memorable days were surveying in Tatu city putting new survey beacons in the beautiful coffee bushes. The days were variable, one day in the scorching sun and the next day using raincoats. I gained confidence in implementing projects from start to finish. However, my heart belonged to research and academia.
B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems earned June 2014
I spent 5 years studying B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering & GIS. I learnt how to think spatially. Most of my time was spent in class and occasionally playing football. I remember with Nostalgia, being awarded the Vice chancellor’s academic excellence prize for three consecutive years and Alumni of the year, years later.