Francis is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He joined the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) in May 2017 with the aspiration and mission of contributing to the improvement of the quality of care given to women, during and following pregnancy and childbirth, and their newborn babies with a focus on LMIC settings.
He has extensive training, practice and exposure across a variety of settings in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Somaliland), Australia (Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne) and the United Kingdom (Oxford and the Royal Derby).
Francis graduated from the University of Nairobi School of Medicine (MBChB) in 2006 and completed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist training (Master of Medicine, MMed O&G) at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi in 2012. His further training includes a Certificate course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research in Medecine at Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research in Medecine, GFMER in 2014, Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) in 2015 and Masters in Evidence-Based Health Care (MSc EBHC) at Kellogg College University of Oxford in 2016.
Francis has previously held an International Clinical Fellowship at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford and an Oxford Academic Health Science (AHSN) Fellowship in Evidence-Based Health Care.
Francis has extensive experience in teaching of undergraduate, post-graduate medical students and nurse midwives. He currently lectures on the Masters in International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health), Current Clinical Challenges in Tropical Medicine TROP 938, Key Concepts in Sexual and Reproductive Health TROP 923, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and hygiene and Diploma for reproductive health in developing countries.
Francis is convener for TROP 926: Sexual Health and Human Sexuality module.
Current Implementation Projects
Francis is part of a team leading on quality improvement of antenatal and postnatal care in LMIC settings currently in Ghana and Togo. In addition, the project aims at building capacity amongst health care workers for the integration of HIV, TB and Malaria screening and management into maternal health care.
Research in Medecine
Francis’s current research focus is on fever case management during and following pregnancy and childbirth in LMIC settings. He is co-investigator in several ongoing research projects.