Dr Njeri Mwaura

Policy Officer IFC, Health In Africa Initiative

I am an Award winning Public health specialist and a Rockefeller fellow on social innovation with over 14 years’ experience in the health sector. I am currently working for the World Bank as a Senior Health Specialist, on Health Programs in the East African Region with wide experience and in-depth knowledge of the public and private sectors in East Africa and other emerging markets.
I have spearheaded and collaborated on multiple high impact projects with socio-economic impact such as universal healthcare coverage through institutional reforms of the National Hospital Insurance Fund; design and delivery of the Health Insurance Subsidy Program (HISP) which aims to provide healthcare access to1.2million indigents in Kenya in both public and private facilities; development of the Kenya Healthcare Financing Strategy, Reform of the Free Maternity Services Program to “Linda Mama” that now targets 10.9million women; and Legal and regulatory reforms such as the Kenya Health Act 2017 and Regulatory framework for strengthening patient safety and quality of care in Kenya; and strengthened Public Private Dialogue including policy facilitation for PPPs and private health sector investments based on which Kenya now has a portfolio worth more than $400M in private sector investment – a mixture of PPPs, Managed equipment service, Equity and Debt. Technical lead for a health sector intervention of a joint Government of Uganda and World Bank multi-sectorial project (incorporating health, police and judiciary) on mitigation of social risks of gender based violence.
I have experience in leading large donor (USAID, UKAid, DANIDA and other international donors e.g. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) funded projects to date totaling over $ 60M with several actors hence skilled in multi-donor & stakeholder collaboration and coordination and thus have developed strong relationships with global health stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors in Kenya and across Africa.
Prior to joining WBG, I was a programme manager at African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) – where I managed two large national programs focusing on strengthening the national HIV&AIDS M&E framework and health care provider capacity and strengthening organizational and technical capacity of community based organizations through a grant making and capacity building programme. I was also the gender focal point at AMREF Kenya. I have worked at the Ministry of health in Kenya, in the sector monitoring and planning department at national level and as a District Medical Officer of Health in charge of all health service delivery and provision where working jointly with stakeholders I transformed the district health system which had a significant impact on the health outcome indicators of the district. I am a visiting lecturer at Strathmore University and also sit on several advisory boards in Kenya. I am a recipient of the inaugural global Howard Award for Innovation in Public Private Dialogue (PPD) at the 7th international Symposium on PPD IFC Corporate team performance award following successful execution of the Nairobi Chapter of the corporate leadership program; Finalist award from the OECD – Development Assistance Committee on improving quality of care in Kenya through the Safecare quality improvement model and was the 2nd runner up of best scientific papers on national adoption by the government of Kenya of an AMREF model on organizational development and systems strengthening (ODSS). I am a member of a select group working on a global platform to guide achievement of SDGs – Future of Innovation Summit – convened by Harvard, Stanford and Rockefeller Foundation and a Mentor on the UNFPA I.AM iAccelerator. The innovation accelerator is focused on catalyzing and accelerating innovative solutions that will scale up access to youth friendly sexual reproductive health (SRH) information and services. Mentor and adjudicator on the AMREF innovate for life fund.
I hold a medical degree from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda and a postgraduate diploma and masters of Science in Public health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – University of London. My core values are Honesty, Integrity, Compassion, Generosity, Perseverance, Excellence and Equality. I like to describe myself as a passionate, creative, innovate individual who loves to make a difference in every aspect of my life and that of others .I am a great communicator, resourceful, adventurous, action-oriented and dependable individual.
Fun Fact: Recently climbed Mt. Kenya which is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro together with my 11 year old daughter. We scaled to the third highest peak – Lenana Point at 4985M (16,355FT)

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