Ms Mary Mbuo
Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Epidemiology & Population Health
I am a humanitarian and development technical specialist with over 20 years of experience working on maternal and child health, safe motherhood ,HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, water, sanitation, hygiene, health, food security, nutrition, livelihoods, social protection, health promotion, behaviour change communication (including the use mass media) and disaster response programming in Africa.
I have been involved in conducting assessments for programme design and writing proposals to major bilateral and multi-lateral donors including UKAid, USAID, European Union, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund (UK) and UN agencies. I have provided technical support and advice for the implementation of public health, development and humanitarian projects in around 20 countries in Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Sierra Leone. I have also conducted programme evaluations for different agencies globally. including Solidarites, Health Poverty Action, and the International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent Societies.
I have provided technical support to development, emergency, and rehabilitation projects and have a strong background in participatory training methodologies as well as implementing programmes using Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) cycles
I have experience in conducting evaluations using both qualitative and quantitative approaches and have evaluated projects funded by DFID, EU, UN agencies among others.
I am trained in disaster response and have responded to humanitarian crisis in different parts of Africa for interventions addressing water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, livelihoods and food security.
I taught Medical Anthropology and Sociology for Bsc Nursing students at Daystar University in Kenya from 2012 to 2017.
My PhD focuses on community participation for safe motherhood. I focus on the emerging participatory mechanisms between community members, health providers and other stakeholders in Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) for the prevention of maternal mortality.
Beyond the PhD, my other interests are social determinants for health, community mechanisms to participate in health co-production, health systems strengthening, governance and accountability of health systems and social policy review.