Effectiveness of a community-based peer-support programme for women who give birth to a stillborn baby and have co-morbidities (fistula) in Kenya

Location: Kenya   

Registration: University of Nairobi  

This workstream will refine and test the feasibility of simple, and potentially sustainable solutions for supporting women experiencing the ‘double tragedy’ of obstetric fistula and stillbirth in rural Kenya. Building on previous work, we will refine and test the feasibility of a peer/community support package for women in rural Kenya. 

Using a participatory approach, with input from stakeholders and community engagement groups we will synthesise existing evidence, including our exploratory work and achieve consensus on intervention components. Following implementation of the intervention, the feasibility of a large-scale trial will be assessed with a ‘before’ and ‘after’ study, including elements of a process evaluation.   Findings will be synthesised to develop a protocol for a large-scale trial. With the support of the workstream leads and supervisory team, the successful candidate will develop an independent but closely aligned study, based in Kenya, contributing to the overall workstream aims.    

Where does the project lie on the translational pathway: T2(human/clinical research)

Workstream outputs: This workstream will finalise a context-appropriate, feasible intervention to improve support for women after stillbirth and obstetric fistula in Kenya, and a protocol for a large-scale trial.  

Training opportunities: Applied health research, understanding of complex intervention development and feasibility. Participatory, mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative research, clinical trials. Community engagement and involvement, dissemination skills.

Skills required:  Understanding of current context of care after stillbirth including physical psychological, social and economic sequelae of obstetric fistula. Midwifery or public health background would be desirable. Previous experience of participatory approaches and qualitative research methods would be an asset. Strong communication and organisational skills. 

Academic requirements

PhD research degrees involve the presentation of a thesis on a research topic in a field appropriate to the student's or sponsor's needs and the School's research expertise. The interested applicants MUST provide the following minimum requirements to qualify for admission at the University of Nairobi:

1. A student must normally satisfy the University of Nairobi general entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a PhD programme is at least one of the following:

  • A master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed (recommended)
  • A qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed (nursing)
  • An upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.

2. Application form fully filled available from the University of Nairobi website www.uonbi.admissions.ac.ke

3. Evidence of an aptitude for research by providing a concept note of the students’ study approved by supervisors.


i.    Scholarship will be provided by the KAVI-ICR, University of Nairobi

ii.   Tuition fees and Travel charges will be catered for by the scholarship.

iii.  The scholar should be a resident/citizen of Kenya

iv.  The student will be based at KAVI-ICR as a research assistant.

v.   The scholar will be admitted at University of Nairobi

vi.  Applications to be sent to the following address or email; not later than 30th September 2021.

Research Director, KAVI-ICR
P. O. Box 19676-00202

Contacts: Dr Sabina Wakasiaka (University of Nairobi), Prof. Walter Jaoko (KAVI-ICR, University of Nairobi)