Groups based in Nairobi examine the evidence behind health policy, the barriers to accessing care and prevention, the quality of care provision, the resource needs and financing of health and the performance of international, national and county health systems.
The scientific staff cover a multi-disciplinary range of research skills including epidemiology, medicine and other clinical professions, mathematical modeling, disease mapping, health economics, social science and health systems/ implementation research. Over 60 scientists are based in Nairobi from post-graduate research scientists, doctoral students, post-doctoral research fellows and senior research fellows.
Research undertaken by scientists at the Nairobi Unit has been directly linked to:
- The formation of Kenya national paediatric guidelines used by the Kenyan Ministry of Health and in other African countries
- Development and scaling up of interventions to improve care for seriously ill children and newborns
- Better understanding of health care quality at scale and means to improve it
- Health financing policy development in Kenya
- Malaria control and treatment policy through scientific monitoring of coverage and impact of the Kenyan National Malaria Strategy
- Use of strategic malaria risk and health service maps for resource allocation for health service partners in Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia and Namibia
- Providing the first global synthesis of global malaria risk since 1968 to guide international funding and resource allocation