Dr Dorothy Oluoch


Dr Dorothy Oluoch

Early post-Doctoral Researcher 



Dorothy is a Social scientist, with over 10 years’ experience in qualitative research, with a focus on health systems research and medical anthropology. Her current project is focused on exploring the potential for using mothers’ experiences narratives and digital stories of pre-term birth in Kenya as educational tools to improve people-centred care in LMICs. She is also a Co-Investigator on a project Learning to Harness Innovation in Global Health for Quality Care (HIGH – Q). This project seeks to evaluate how the introduction of essential neonatal technologies coupled with the increase in nursing numbers in the neonatal units affects the quality of care provided.She is co-leading work on patients’ and staff experiences of introduction of new technologies and workforce interventions. She has previously worked on the Inter-bio 21st study, leading the qualitative component of this project, where she assessed the perceptions and experiences of the use of ultrasound screening services for women attending routine antenatal clinics (ANC) in Kilifi County Hospital (KCH).  

Her doctoral project was trying to understand the experiences of mothers of hospitalised sick newborns in Nairobi using ethnographic approaches. She has a keen interest in Maternal, neonatal, and Child Health, health systems, health care access, and delivery as well as patient experiences research.  


     Education and Training 




  Doctor of Philosophy 

Open University, UK 



  MSc, Medical Anthropology 

Brunel University 





  BA Anthropology 

University of Nairobi 



Other roles

Graduate Student Supervision 

  • Gloria Ngaiza        DPhil University of Oxford 
  • Asma Rababeh     DPhil University of Oxford 

MSc Placement student supervision 

  • Lynda Farma                   University of Oxford, completed 2021. 
  • Yasangra Adeniji            University of Oxford, expected completion date 2022. 

PhD Advisory Committee Member for  

  • Gulraj Grewal          DPhil University of Oxford 


  • Chabeda S, Oluoch D, Mwangome M, Jones C. Infant malnutrition treatment in Kenya: Health worker and breastfeeding peer supporter experiences. Matern Child Nutr. 2021 Jul;17(3) 
  • Oluoch D, Murphy G, Gathara D, Abuya N, Nzinga J, English M, Jones C. Neonatal nursing policy and practice in Kenya: Key stakeholders and their views on task-shifting as an intervention to improve care quality. Wellcome Open Research, 3. 2018.  
  • Oluoch, D. et al. "You cannot know if it's a baby or not a baby": uptake provision and perceptions of antenatal care and routine antenatal ultrasound scanning in rural Kenya. (BMC pregnancy and child birth).  
  • Loos, J., Nöstlinger, C., Murungi, I., Adipo, D., Oluoch, D., Mboi, P., Bakeera-Kitaka, S., Vandenhoudt, H., “Having Sex, becoming somebody”, A qualitative study on contextual influences on the (sexual) identity development of adolescents living with HIV”. (AIDS Care - Manuscript ID AC-2011-10-0570).  
Group team members
  • Justina Maluni- Assistant Research Officer, Kenya (RESPECT) 
  • Nancy Odinga – Research Officer (HIGH-Q)
  • Caroline Waithira- Assistant Research officer (HIGH-Q)
Internal: Caroline Jones  Sassy Molyneux  Michuki Maina  Mike English  Mwanamvua Boga  Edna Mutua.  External: 
  • Dr. Lisa Hinton The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute, University of Cambridge. 
  • Dr. Sebastian Fuller, University of Oxford 
  • Prof Sue Ziebland, The Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford 
  • Dr. Florence Murila, Department of paediatrics, University of Nairobi
  • Wellcome Trust 
  • National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) 
  • MRC