Dr Jenny Renju (nee Komrower) BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Background

I a public health practionner with a Masters in public health and a PhD in my work surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).  I am based in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  In addition to my research primarily focused on HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes.  I am involved in building capacity in research, epidemiology and public health across the East African region, I have also been involved in the establishment of the Insitute of Public Health at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo).   I have international research experience in the field of sexual and social behaviour, HIV/AIDS, Family planning, reproductive health, design of research studies and interventions and the link between research and policy formulation and implementation.   I have worked in across East and Southern Africa for the past 15 years.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I currently coordinate an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at KCMUCo and teach on the Epidemiology Modules.  I am a DL tutor on EPM103- Practical Epidemiology.  I supervise MSc students from LSHTM and undergraduate, MPH, MSc students and PhD candidates registered at KCMUCo.  

Research

I am a co-PI on a research project to Strengthen Health systems to enable policy for Universal test and treat (SHAPE UTT), this is a three country mixed methods study to learn lessons from the scale up of life long antiretroviral treatment for HIV positive pregnant mothers to apply to the roll our of test and treat policies for the general population.  This is a three year MRC/DFID grant  which began in January 2017.  I am part of the "Bottlenecks study" which was a Gates funded grant as part of the ALPHA network to qualitatively explore the lived experiences of people living with HIV all along the cascade of care.  I also work on the THRiVE-2 Wellcome trust capacity strengthening grant and support KCMUCo in the development of their research agenda.  This has begun with the establishment of research groups.

In partnership with the Insitute of Public Health at KCMUCo, I am also involved in the evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates improved documentation of vaccination programme in Tanzania

I have been involved in a feasbility study to improve screening for hypertension in Tanzania, through using public-private partnerships and continue to support a phD applicant to continue pursuing this line of research. 

I am interested in developing proposals for reasearch into strategies to improve menstrual hygiene management for adolescents in Tanzania and am working with a local NGO to conduct a feasibility study into the potentials of the menstrual cup.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Capacity strengthening
  • Global Health
  • Health systems
  • Hygiene
  • Immunisation
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Outbreaks
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health
  • Schools
  • Sexual health

Disciplines

  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Sexually transmitted infection

Regions

  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Other interests

  • Population Studies Group
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