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Pooja Shah

BSc MSc

Research Degree Student

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

I am a PhD student focusing on the structural and social factors affecting the lives and HIV prognosis of female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya. My study is mixed-methods and longitudinal, and is nested within the larger Maisha Fiti study of women in Nairobi.

I am a recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for three years as a research assistant coordinating studies that explored HIV interventions in street-connected children and youth in Eldoret, Kenya. My primary focus was on implementation studies and pilot interventions.

I have an MSc in Mental Health Studies from King's College London, and a BSc in Medical Science from the University of Exeter. 

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Centre for Evaluation

Research

Research Area
Public health
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Statistical methods
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Country
Kenya
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Exploring the Mental Health Experiences and Perceived Social and Sexual Risks among Female Sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya
Panneh M; Gafos M; Nyariki E; Liku J; Shah P; Wanjiru R; Manjiru M; Beksinska A; Pollock J; Jama Z
2023
Harmful Alcohol and Drug Use Is Associated with Syndemic Risk Factors among Female Sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Beksinska A; Nyariki E; Kabuti R; Kungu M; Babu H; Shah P; The Maisha Fiti Study Champions; Nyabuto C; Okumu M; Mahero A
2022
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Longitudinal experiences and risk factors for common mental health problems and suicidal behaviours among female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Beksinska A; Shah P; Kungu M; Kabuti R; Babu H; Jama Z; Panneh M; Nyariki E; Nyabuto C; Okumu M
2022
Global Mental Health
An intersectional analysis of socio-cultural identities and gender and health inequities among children and youth in street situations in western Kenya
Embleton L; Wachira J; Kiplagat J; Shah P; Blackwell-Haride V; Gayapersad A; Kamanda A; Ayuku D; Braitstein P
2022
International journal on homelessness
Managing motherhood - the experiences of female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nyariki E; Wanjiru R; Shah P; Kungu M; Babu H; Weiss HA; Seeley J; Kimani J; Beattie TS
2022
Culture, health & sexuality
Mental health challenges and perceived risks among female sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Panneh M; Gafos M; Nyariki E; Liku J; Shah P; Wanjiru R; Wanjiru M; Beksinska A; Pollock J; Maisha Fiti Study Champions
2022
BMC public health
Beaten but not down! Exploring resilience among female sex workers (FSWs) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Wanjiru R; Nyariki E; Babu H; Lwingi I; Liku J; Jama Z; Kung'u M; Ngurukiri P; Maisha Fiti Study Champions; Nyamweya C
2022
BMC public health
Recommendations for improving access to healthcare for street-connected children and youth in Kenya: A qualitative study
Embleton L; Shah P; Gayapersad A; Kiptui R; Ayuku D; Wachira J; Apondi E; Braitstein P
2021
Children and youth services review
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