Prof. Margaret Keraka is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Population Health.
She lectures in the following areas: Population Health, Medical Demography, Gender Health, Research Methods, Health Education
and Promotion. HIV/AIDS Management and Health impact assessment.
Prof. Margaret Nyanchoka Keraka was the founding chairperson of the Department of Environmental Health at Kenyatta University in 2003, She has been chairperson of the following departments: Environmental and Population Health between 2011 and 2016, Population and Reproductive Health between 2016 and 2018. She is currently the Dean of the school of Public Health and Applied Human Sciences in Kenyatta University.
She has participated in the development of Bsc. Community Health programmes for AMREF/Moi University,
Bsc. Medical Education programme for the Aga Khan University, Kenya and Bsc Community Health for Technical University of Mombasa.
She is interested in research in such areas as: Sexual and Reproductive Health, and HIV AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, and WASH. She has been the Co-coordinator for the Gender Equity in Environmental Health training, a research that was conducted under the African Academy of Environmental Health. She has also been involved in consultative research on evaluating Community Based Health Care Strategy in a Kibwezi Community in Kenya.
She has co- authored a book on Burden of Childhood Diarrhea from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene focusing on low income settlements in Nairobi. This is begged on the fact that Child mortality in low income settlements is still very high compared to national estimates. In addition she has recently published two papers i.e Factors Associated with Default from Treatment among Tuberculosis Patients in Nairobi Province, Kenya: A Case Control Study and Utilization of Insecticide Treated Nets Utilization Amongst Pregnant Women in Thika District
Prof. Margaret in collaboration with Dr Tracy Morse of University of Malawi polytechnic won a grant in 2009 that focused on Gender Equity in Institutions Offering Environmental Health Programmes in Africa - MRCI 328.
In 2008 she in collaboration with member of eight African Universities won a grant That facilitated the establishment of Africa Academy for Environmental Health (AAEH). The Academy has since developed environmental health curricula and accredited diploma degree programmes in environmental health in SADC higher education institutes.
Prof. Margaret Keraka leads the Academic portfolio and has coordinated the development of an Internationals Generic Curriculum in Environmental Health. The curriculum is currently being piloted in some countries in the Southern and eastern parts of Africa.
Prof. Margaret has been involved in various consultative research activities such as 2007: Policy implications of Integration of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programmes in Africa Consultancy for UNFPA, UNICEF and NCAPD.
Prof. Keraka is currently offering consultation services to AMREF in the areas of Health systems research and Monitoring and evaluation
of AMREF ministry of health projects research activities.
Dr. George Kosimbei holds a PhD in Economics from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. He has substantial experience
in teaching, research and consultancy. He is also a holder of MA (Economics) and BA (Economics) -First Class Honours both
from Kenyatta University. He has previously worked with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)
as a Young Professional and also as an Analyst. He was also attached to the Child and Newborn Health Group, Kenya Medical
Research Institute- Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme, (KEMRI/WT) Nairobi Unit.
Dr. Kosimbei has consulted for various organizations among them; USAID funded Futures Group, the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the Regional Technical Support Hub of the International HIV and AIDS Alliance among others. He has also assisted the East African Community (EAC) Health Sector Department develop their first Regional Health Sector Strategic Plan
Dr. Kosimbei has received training in Economic Evaluation from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)
and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) from KEMRI Welcome Trust and HITAP. His major interests revolve around costing of health
interventions, advanced macroeconomics, and health economics. He was recently involved in the curriculum review for macroeconomics
and health economics taught under Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Dr. Kosimbei is the Director of Innovation Incubation
and University Industry Linkages. He is a member of Health Economics and Policy Network in Africa (HEPNet) and the International
Health Economics Association (IHEA). He has over 12 years’ experience in development work, providing high level policy, advisory and
technical, facilitation and training support to various organizations including Governments departments, NGOs and academia.
Mr. Elias M. Kathurima holds a Masters of Public Health in Reproductive Health and a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Population Health both from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Kathurima begun his career in the Insurance industry through The Students Work Induction Programme (SWIP), A programme aimed at improving the industry- based skills as the student undergoes academic training by alternating employment and study. The SWIP programmeme develops relationships and builds bridges in a three way partnership amongst employers in diverse industries, the university and the students. He has substantial years of experience in the cooperate sector having worked with Britam General Insurance where he served both in Medical and Customer Service departments. He has worn various awards including Most Outstanding Member of Staff during Britam Holdings PLC Gala Awards 2019.
He is very passionate about Youth Sexual and Reproductive health rights and has been leading campaigns against female genital cutting (FGM) in Meru County and Kajiado County Kenya.
Mr. Kathurima is also the Founder and Chairman of Vijana Wa Busara Youth Group (VWBYG), an organization empowering and transforming young people aged 16 – 35 who are most at risk for unemployment and poverty in Meru, Kenya.