Professor Mike English leads the Health Services Unit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. This unit aims to strengthen equality in access to affordable quality health care in Africa. Studies are based on health systems clustered around five main topics: malaria, service delivery & access, information for decision making, governance and financing.
Professor English leads efforts to develop multidisciplinary links with Oxford through the Oxford Health Systems Research Collaboration (OHSCAR).
Dr Jacob McKnight
Jacob McKnight is a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in health systems and reform. After working for Medecins Sans Frontieres, he completed a PhD at Said Business School focused on hospital management in Ethiopia. He used organisational and marketing theory to provide new perspectives on public health problems. Jacob will lead the ethnographic element of the Nairobi Newborn Study.
Georgina is a Postdoctoral Researcher in health services epidemiology. Her research is currently focused on essential health services for sick newborns in Kenya and evaluating task-shifting as a means to improving service delivery. Georgina is a Research Associate at Green Templeton College and a consultant for the Naji Foundation. Her PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in rural Uganda.
Chris is a Clinical Researcher in the field of health informatics. He is currently researching the role of Open Source Electronic Health Records systems for improving healthcare in developing countries. Chris is the founder of the Health Informatics Forum, a professional education and networking website for health informaticians, and is the vice-chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Social Media Working Group. Chris has been involved in the LIFE project, a scenario-based mobile gaming platform that will teach healthcare workers in remote areas and in Sub Saharan Africa, to identify and manage medical emergencies, using game-like training techniques to reinforce the key steps that need to be performed for a healthcare worker to save the life of a newborn baby in distress. LIFE project recently won a seed grant to refine and develop their mobile phone app.
Dr Olga Tosas Auguet
Olga is an infectious disease epidemiologist. She joined OHSCAR in November 2015. Her most recent research has focused on outbreak detection, disease mapping, molecular epidemiology and description of transmission dynamics of multi-drug resistant organisms. She is currently chief investigator for two feasibility studies to characterise transmission niches of resistant gram negative bacteria (RGNB) in the community using spatial models. Within OHSCAR, her interest is on identifying novel surveillance approaches to estimate the relative burden and spatial distribution of antibiotic susceptible and antibiotic resistant bacterial species of Public Health interest in resource-limited settings, where healthcare-based routine collection of clinical samples and operational microbiology diagnostic services are not readily available.