Celebrating Dr. Emelda Okiro

Dr Emelda Okiro has been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship. Emelda’s fellowship is the first African Senior Research Fellowship awarded in the KEMRI-Wellcome Research Programme and among the less than five SRFs awarded to researchers in Africa. “To be awarded this fellowship is a great honour, and I am grateful to the many people who have inspired and supported me so far.” Emelda said.

The project will utilize a series of linked national, hospital-level and population-based studies within a network of health and demographic surveillance sites to evaluate challenges plaguing CRVS and define context-specific solution pathways for achieving universal coverage of CRVS in Kenya. It will run for the next five years supporting several students and working closely with the Civil Registration Services Department.

The Wellcome SRFs seek to provide funding support to independent researchers emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science.

Emelda has over 18 years of population health experience at country, regional and global levels. She has proven competency in public health and health systems research, implementation and programme evaluation.