The Health Services Unit of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi is starting a multi-year study to evaluate a broad strategy to improve the provision of neonatal care in Kenya’s county hospitals. The project will study a multi-component intervention approach that links regular performance monitoring and evaluation with efforts to improve the leadership, management and supervision skills of senior medical and nursing staff. Such skills building will particularly aim to improve team-work, provision of family centered care (and thus families’ experiences of hospital care) and adoption of key interventions focused on reducing in-hospital mortality and morbidity. The study of senior, ward-level medical and nursing leaders is an emerging area in health services research in Kenya and this new post will help develop such work in a multi-disciplinary environment spanning epidemiologists, clinicians and other social scientists. The Health Services Unit is a collaborative grouping which is taking on two major new projects over the next 3 to 4 years that are focused on improving hospital level care for sick new-borns. This team has undertaken health systems research for some years and works closely with other scientists on quality of care and implementation studies as part of the Clinical Information Network involving multiple county hospitals in Kenya.
To gain a better understanding of the topics on which the post-holder will work applicants are encouraged to explore some of the group’s recent work: