Dr Jalemba Aluvaala
Dr Jalemba Aluvaala works for SIRCLE, a Consortium for National Health Research, collaboration between KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences and the Ministry of Medical Services. SIRCLE aims to build capacity for high quality health services and implementation research, and promote clinical excellence by engaging trainee researchers in policy relevant research. This interview was recorded in 2014
Jalemba Aluvaala is a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in perinatal-neonatal clinical and health services research. After training in Paediatrics and Epidemiology, he completed a DPhil at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. He developed prognostic models using routine data to predict in-hospital mortality in the neonatal unit.
He leads the neonatal component of the Clinical Information Network (CIN-N) at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi. The CIN is a collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, Kenya Paediatric association and county hospitals to support improvement in collection and analysis of hospital inpatient information to support audit, service evaluation, and quality improvement. He also holds a research track post as a Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Nairobi.
Care for even the sickest newborns in many countries is limited by the resources available but there are some key interventions that can save lives. Delivering these interventions requires doctors and nurses to work together and often it is the continuous care provided by the nursing team together with families that is critical. Despite this a number of babies die and understanding risks is important to help provide information to families, to help plan care and should help us design better systems of care. This interview was recorded in 2018.
Prevalence and fluid management of dehydration in children without diarrhoea admitted to Kenyan hospitals: a multisite observational study.
Omoke S. et al, (2021), BMJ open, 11
Neonatal mortality in Kenyan hospitals: a multisite, retrospective, cohort study.
Irimu G. et al, (2021), BMJ global health, 6
Prediction modelling of inpatient neonatal mortality in high-mortality settings
Aluvaala J. et al, (2021), Archives of Disease in Childhood, 106, 449 - 454
Employing learning health system principles to advance research on severe neonatal and paediatric illness in Kenya.
English M. et al, (2021), BMJ global health, 6
First do no harm: practitioners' ability to 'diagnose' system weaknesses and improve safety is a critical initial step in improving care quality.
English M. et al, (2020), Archives of disease in childhood