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Grace Irimu

Grace Irimu, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi, which is the biggest medical school in Kenya. She is a paediatrician at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi. She is a researcher and a public health specialist, holding a PhD in public health. Her current area of research is collaborative research among the Ministry of Health, Kenya, Kenya Paediatric Association, KEMRI Wellcome Trust and the participating hospitals in that project. Grace evaluates the effect of introducing Ministry of Health basic paediatric protocols and ETAT+ (Emergency, Triage, Assessment and Treatment plus admission care) in a university teaching hospital. The paediatric nephrologist and health systems researcher is credited for championing the scale up of ETAT + in Kenya.

She was instrumental in the formation of Clinical Information Network (CIN), a collaborative project involving 16 county hospitals, Ministry of Health, Kenya Paediatric Association and KEMRI Wellcome Trust. CIN works with hospitals to improve quality of hospital data and its utilization.

She is the Clinical Advisor in the Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies programme (NEST 360), Kenya chapter. NEST is a multi-country programme that aims to provide essential equipment to address the common causes of newborn deaths and build capacity among the practitioners and biomedical technicians/engineers to use and maintain these technologies.