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Ms Loveday Penn-Kekana

Assistant Professor

Room
G9a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Loveday Penn-Kekana is a  medical anthropologist with 20 years’ experience working as an activist, programme manager, technical advisor in Department of Health in South Africa and academic in the field of maternal health and health systems with a particular interest in the health workforce.  My major focus has been on gender based violence, reproductive and maternal health services as well as nursing and midwifery practice. I have worked most of my adult life in South Africa. 

 I am currently Assistant Professor of Maternal Health & Health Systems at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Co-Lead of the Birth theme  at the MARCH Centre. 

For the last four years I have been the Co-Investigator and Qualitative Lead on a large mutli site research project aiming at understanding the role of the private sector in maternal health services in low and middle income countries. We have been involved in  evaluating a range of projects funded by Merck for Mothers working with the private sector in India, Senegal and Uganda. 

 I am experienced using a range of qualitative research methodologies including participant observation, in-depth interviews,  focus groups, reflective diaries and other more participative research methodologies. I also have many years experience of capacity building in these areas. My particular area of interest is in developing qualitative research methods for exploring health bureaucracies and behaviour of staff who work in them.

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I currently teach on the Power, Policy and Process Module as well as the Current Issues in Safer Motherhood. I worked with Dina Balabanova in writing the Health Systems Distance Learning Module.

Research

Current projects include:

Evaluation of the Merck for Mothers Initiative, MSD.Co-Investigatorand Qualitative lead for a large multi county evaluation of a range of projects funded by Merck for Mothers.  This includes projects aimed exploring the role of the private sector in maternal health provision. Within this I am PI of an external evaluation of three social franchising programmes aimed at improving health care provision in the private sector in Uganda and India. 

Socio-Economic Impact of Zika.   I am the qualitative lead on this study that is exploring the socio-economic impact of ZIka both in terms of the children and families affected as well as health workers and Brazilian health system. Wellcome/EU funding.

Hands Project. Senior Qualitative Scientist & Co-Investigator.  A project working to understand factors associated with hand hygiene in Tanzanian maternity units. A seed grant aimed at developing a RCT. MRC Funding. 

Clean Project. Co-Investigator

 

 

Research Area
Health care policy
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Quality improvement
Health workers
Equity
Evaluation
Gender
Global Health
Ethnography
Impact evaluation
Methodology
Neonatal health
Implementation research
Private sector
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Anthropology
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Disability
Country
Brazil
United Kingdom
India
Kenya
Mozambique
Nigeria
Nepal
Senegal
Tanzania
Uganda
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)