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Ms Mary Mbuo

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Epidemiology & Population Health

United Kingdom

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.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

I taught Medical Anthropology and Sociology for Bsc Nursing students at Daystar University in Kenya from 2012 to 2017.

Research

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.
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Research Area
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Complex interventions
Evaluation
Gender
Global Health
Health sector development
Health systems
Hygiene
Maternal health
Natural disasters
Neonatal health
Outbreaks
Perinatal health
Public health
Reproductive health
Sanitation
Schools
Sexual and reproductive health
Social and structural determinants of health
Vector control
Water
Anthropology
Development studies
Operational research
Policy analysis
Social Policy
Sociology
Qualitative research
Capacity development
Health education and promotion
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
HIV/AIDS
Malaria
Malnutrition
Vector borne diseases
Sexually transmitted infections
Country
Burundi
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Kenya
Namibia
Portugal
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Region
OECD members
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Community engagement in maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR): Realist review protocol
MBUO, M; Okello, I; Penn-Kekana, L; Willcox, M; Portela, A; Palestra, F; Mathai, M;
2023
Wellcome Open Research
Community engagement in maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR): Realist review protocol.
MBUO, M; Okello, I; PENN-KEKANA, L; Willcox, M; Portela, A; Palestra, F; Mathai, M;
2023
Wellcome open research
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