OUR SCIENTIFIC TEAM

Dr. Isaac Malonza
(MBChB, MPH)

C.E.O & Technical Director

Expert: Family Planning & HIV/AIDS

Dr Malonza is the CEO and Technical Director of URADCA. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for executing the mission and strategy of URADCA and oversees the entire operation of the NGO.

As Technical Director, Dr Malonza oversees program design, implementation, data reporting and dissemination of research findings to key stakeholders.

Dr Malonza is a Physician specializing in Epidemiology and International Health. He holds a medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi and an MPH from the University of Washington. He has over 25 years' experience designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public health programs in Africa. Dr Malonza has published more than twelve articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr Malonza joined URADCA from September 1, 2018 after spending eleven years at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

As Regional Director, Dr Malonza was responsible for overseeing Jhpiego's programs in 14 countries. Prior to joining Jhpiego, Dr Malonza worked as Regional Director for Africa for the International Partnership for Microbicides. In this capacity, Dr Malonza was responsible for the conduct of microbicides clinical trials.

He also worked for the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, as a scientist responsible for research and development of microbicides. He previously worked for the Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and was among the team that initiated the highly successful Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance System.

Dr. Sharon N. Kibwana
(MPH, PhD)

Senior Advisor, Health Systems Strengthening

Expert: Human Resources for Health

Dr Kibwana is a public health professional with over a decade of development experience in human resources for health, cervical cancer prevention, maternal and neonatal health, and HIV/AIDS.

She provides technical assistance and strategic guidance for capacity building in program management, learning and research, and dissemination and use of evidence.

She has led the design and implementation of various research and evaluation activities and has published 8 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.

Dr Kibwana previously worked at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where she successfully managed a diversely funded portfolio of programs in Africa and Asia, including country-based technical assistance in Ethiopia (five years), supporting a USAID-funded health systems strengthening project.

She also worked at the Institute for the Elimination of Health disparities at Rutgers University, where she supported community outreach for minority populations.

She holds an MPH from Rutgers University, USA, and a doctorate degree in public health from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Dr. Peter Gisore
(MBChB, MMed, PhD)

Director, Child Health

Expert: Pediatrics and Neonatology

Dr Gisore is URADCA's Director of Child Health.

He is an accomplished researcher specializing in pediatrics and neonatology and is a faculty member at Aga Khan University, Nairobi.

Prior to joining the Aga Khan University, Dr Gisore was a Senior lecturer at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital/Moi University, 2004-2016.

He has mentored many researchers and conducted cutting health research, notable among which include implementation and evaluation of the Helping Babies Breathe curriculum in three resource limited settings; survey of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in Kenya; community based weighing of newborns and use of mobile phones by village elders in rural settings in Kenya and commonly cited incentives in the community implementation of the emergency maternal and newborn care study in western Kenya.

He has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Prof. Fiona Mbai
(BSc, MSc, PhD)

Director, Research & Quality Control

Expert: Endocrinology/Reproductive Physiology

Prof. Mbai is responsible for the design of URADCA surveys and oversees a robust quality control system that assures the integrity and accuracy of data collected from surveys.

Prof. Mbai has held several prestigious positions including the Deputy Country Director and Director of Research at the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Lecturer at Egerton University, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, and Senior Researcher at the University of California, Davis, USA.

Prof. Mbai directed several population-based surveys and end-of-project evaluations for URADCA.

She is an accomplished researcher and scientist specializing in public health research and biomedical sciences.

She graduated from the University of Manchester with a PhD in Biomedical sciences and currently is a professor at Technical University of Kenya where she directs research and knowledge exchange.

Prof. Mbai has published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Mr. Ngugi Mwenda
(BSc, MSc)

Senior Advisor: Data Management

Expert: Applied Statistics

Mwenda is URADCA's Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

He provides oversight for program's planning, evaluation, knowledge management and monitoring. He defines process and impact indicators, oversees data management and is responsible for data editing, analysis and reporting.

Mwenda is highly experienced with national survey methodology and data analysis being the leading statistician at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) since 2012.

Mwenda is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Applied Statistics; and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics from Moi University.

Mwenda has published more than ten articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Mr. George O. Momanyi

(RN, BN, MSc (Nursing), MSc (Health Systems)
Director, Partnerships & Senior Advisor, Child Survival

Expert: Nursing, Immunization & Health Systems

Mr. Momanyi oversees URADCA's program operations in the field and is responsible for coordination with MOH, County Governments, partners and leaders at community level.

He is a registered nurse who specializes in immunization and health systems management.

Mr. Momanyi coordinates a national technical assistance project, funded by CDC through the African Field Epidemiology network, to strengthen routine immunization at county level. In this capacity, Momanyi provides training to county-based staff working for the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI); supports the development of EPI micro-plans, supervises data monitoring and monitoring the quality of the EPI program in focus counties.

Prior to his current role, Momanyi was a WHO consultant for the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program and a District Public Health Nurse.

Mr. Momanyi graduated with a Diploma in Community Nursing (Kenya Medical Training College), Advanced Diploma in Public Health (Kenyatta University), Bachelor of Nursing (University of Dundee), Master of Science in Health Systems Management (Kenya Methodist University) and Master of Science in Nursing (University of Dundee).

Dr. Grace Miheso
(BDS, MPH)

Senior Advisor, Safe Motherhood

Expert: Maternal Newborn Health & Child Survival

Dr. Grace Miheso is a public health and development professional with over 20 years of programmatic experience in public health working at policy, national and field levels; in organizational strategic planning, health sector reforms and development, as well as humanitarian response to address the needs of vulnerable mothers and children.

Dr. Miheso has worked with worked with USAID Kenya and East Africa mission as the Senior Regional Maternal and Child Health Specialist where she provided technical support to USAID missions and inter-governmental organizations in the Eastern African region in the area of maternal, newborn and child health, and health systems strengthening efforts.

She has also worked with UNICEF Kenya where she supported maternal, child health and malaria programs and focused on scaling up evidence based routine health services as well as developing sector specific policies, strategies and guidelines.

Dr. Miheso has been involved in negotiations and programming for the Global Fund malaria grants and also has experience supporting the humanitarian crisis in Kenya ranging from drought, floods, rift valley fever and malaria epidemics. Grace's past experience has been with PATH Kenya where she supported adolescent and reproductive health programs and with CARE Kenya where she managed one of the first national programs that trained community health workers on the integrated management of childhood illnesses, EPI and nutrition activities.

Grace has conducted various operational and evaluation research activities and developed communication materials including design and field testing.

She has a first degree in Dentistry from the University of Nairobi, a Master's degree in Public Health from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a post-graduate Diploma in the management and control of HIV/STIs from the University of Nairobi.

Dr. Mark Kabue
(BDS, MPH, MSc, DrPH)

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Expert: Monitoring and Evaluation

Dr. Mark Kabue is a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) expert with over 20 years' experience in program management, design and implementation of research, capacity-building through training & mentorship.

Over the past decade, he has worked on pediatric and adult health programs funded by USAID, CDC, Clinton Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF), UNICEF and other international organizations, particularly on projects in Asia and Africa (East, South, and West Africa).

Mark provides practical knowledge and skills: IRB related-matters, Sampling, quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches, data analysis, database design, and manuscript writing.

He is also familiar with DHIS2, various donor reporting requirements and conducts advanced statistical analysis using STATA and SPSS software packages.

Maternal and child health programs, Family planning, HIV/AIDS, pre-service and in-service are the main areas of his work experience.

Prof. Stephen N. Kinoti
(MBChB, MMed, MPSID)

Director, Digital Health, Quality Improvement & Primary Health Care

Expert: Digital Health; Continuous Quality Improvement; Primary Health Care

Dr. Stephen N. Kinoti until December 2018 lead Fio Corporation's health systems strengthening programs, focusing on digital health-based improvement of Primary Health Care focusing on maternal, newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in the public and private health sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephen has four decades of experience working at national, regional and international levels as a clinician, researcher, and public health specialist, contributing to policy development and programming to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

As a former Director of the Medical Research Center(MRC)/Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, he helped develop strong research capacity in Kenya and in East, Central and Southern Africa. He served as a technical lead in establishing the technical program of the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) contributing to the creation of strong regional collaboration mechanisms in sub-Sahara Africa and globally.

Stephen served as Senior Advisor to Support for Analysis and Research in Africa and subsequently as Senior Quality Improvement Advisor to Health Care Improvement projects of University Research Co funded by USAID.

Over the years, he has served as an advisor and consultant to the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank's International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.


Currently, he is focused on application of digital technology and continuous quality improvement methods to strengthen health care delivery in Africa.

Mr. Charles K. Syengo
(BSc, MSc)

Advisor, Data Management

Expert: Statistics

Mr. Charles Syengo is a professional statistician who specializes in sample surveys, survey design, statistical modeling, data management, mining, wrangling, cleaning, and analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation.

He is responsible for sampling, survey design, development of data analysis and management SOPs, data cleaning and analysis, and report writing.

He has experience in dashboards (data visualizations in Tableau and PowerBI), DHIS2, mobile data collection platforms (ODK, KoBoCollect, RedCap) and has advanced skills in statistical packages such as SPSS, R, STATA.

Charles has served as an assistant research officer, statistician and data consultant for prestigious organizations such as KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme (Kilifi) and Jhpiego Corporation, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University.

He holds certifications in monitoring and evaluation, and data quality from the Global Health eLearning Center, USAID.

He holds a Master of Science in Mathematical statistics from the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI-JKUAT).

Dr. Raymond M. Mutisya
(MBChB)

Director, Operations & Senior Advisor,
Family Planning
Expert: Reproductive Health & Family Planning

Dr Mutisya is URADCA's Director of Programs and the Senior Advisor, Reproductive Health and Family Planning.

He is responsible for making operational decisions and setting strategic goals in liaison with the CEO including staff supervision, development of research protocols and overseeing implementation, planning and monitoring the day-to-day activities. 

Dr Mutisya is an accomplished medical professional with 23 years of experience in public health, specifically, in reproductive health / family planning, HIV/AIDS and humanitarian / development work in East Africa region. He has 10 years of experience in public health research.

Prior to joining URADCA, he worked for Jhpiego – Kenya, where he provided programmatic and technical leadership in program design / implementation and quality assurance in various projects including the CDC – funded HIV/AIDS Support and Assistance to Indigenous Implementing Agencies (SAIDIA) and the BMGF-funded TUPANGE projects.

Dr Mutisya was a Co-principal investigator for the successful demonstration studies on the acceptability of self-injection of subcutaneous Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA-SC) in Kenya and participated in the development of the DMPA-SC implementation and scale up plan. Dr Mutisya is a co – founder of Makadara Health Care / Nursing Home facility situated at Athiriver, Machakos and brings in 14 years of management experience in the private health sector.

Dr Mutisya holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Nairobi University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He has undertaken various short courses including the Quality of Health Care course from the Regional Center for Quality of Health Care – Makerere University – Kampala; Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation course from the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation, Arusha – Tanzania and the Fundamentals of Implementation Science from University of Washington.

Dr Mutisya recently published an article titled "Strengthening integration of family planning with HIV/AIDS and other services: experience from three Kenyan cities" in BMC journal and is currently working on three other manuscripts.

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