Ms Mary Mbuo
Research Degree Student
Public Health and Policy
15-17 Tavistock Place
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.
Sociology of health and illness
Qualitative Research Methods
My research at LSHTM focuses on community participation for safe motherhood. It explores the participatory processes that emerge as health providers and community members collaborate to prevent maternal deaths through Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) sessions in Kenya. The study will also explore the extent to which accountability mechanisms can be established for the prevention of maternal mortality.
Beyond the PhD, my other interests are social determinants for health, health systems strengthening, governance and accountability of health systems and social policy review.
I have worked for international NGOs for the last 20 years where I have carried knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) research studies and evaluations for different organizations in about 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.