Dr Eleanor Ochodo was awarded the prestigious 2019 UK MRC/DFID African Research Leader award to advance the science of evidence synthesis and research translation in Africa focusing on collaboration between South Africa, Kenya and the UK. As part of this grant Dr. Ochodo will co-supervise two PhD students registered at the Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University.
Caroline is doing a PhD Epidemiology on ‘Strengthening evidence to policy pathways to improve management of malaria in pregnancy in Kenya’. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Statistics in Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology (with distinction) from Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium. In her words “I am excited to be joining a new and exciting collaborative research group. I look forward to learning and collaborating on research that will not only inform guidelines but provide a framework though which results can be quickly and smoothly translated to policy”. She will be supervised by Prof Taryn Young and Dr Eleanor Ochodo of the Department of Global Health as well as Prof Feiko ter Kuile of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine-Kenya.
Mercy is doing a PhD Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Nairobi and MSc Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Mercy has been involved in evidence-based work in health, where she participated in translating research into policy. She was at the forefront in guiding a multidisciplinary stakeholder guideline panel meeting to develop recommendations for the use of hydroxyurea for management of Sickle Cell disease in children. Her supervisory team at Stellenbosch University include Prof Taryn Young and Dr Eleanor Ochodo of the Department of Global Health as well as scientists from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
“I am very delighted to initiate this new collaborative research and training project between Stellenbosch University, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. I look forward to developing more south to south collaborative research and training programs” says Dr Ochodo.