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Dr Emelda Okiro has been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship. Emelda’s fellowship is the first African Senior Research Fellowship awarded in the KEMRI-Wellcome Research Programme and among the less than five SRFs awarded to researchers in Africa.

Emelda Okiro

The project will utilize a series of linked national, hospital-level and population-based studies within a network of health and demographic surveillance sites to evaluate challenges plaguing CRVS (civil registration and vital statistics) and define context-specific solution pathways for achieving universal coverage of CRVS in Kenya. It will run for the next five years supporting several students and working closely with the Civil Registration Services Department.

Dr Emelda Okiro has over 18 years of population health experience at country, regional and global levels. She has proven competency in public health and health systems research, implementation and programme evaluation.

The full story is available on the KWTRP website

Read the paper 'Subnational estimates of factors associated with under-five mortality in Kenya: a spatio-temporal analysis, 1993–2014' on the BMJ Global Healh website