Helen is a consultant General Paediatrician with interests in newborn health, nutrition and infectious diseases. She has clinical and research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.
Prior to taking up her position here at Foto-Cewek, Helen worked as a locum general paediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. She was awarded a Medical Research in Medecine Council (MRC) Career Development Fellowship (for a PhD) from 2012-2015, and spent most of that time at MRC, The Gambia’s rural field station in Keneba, managing a rural primary health care facility and undertaking nutrition research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Helen completed her PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in October 2017. She also worked at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust programme as a child health clinical researcher- with a particular interest in infant nutrition in the context of HIV from 2008-2010.
Helen undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Nottingham followed by postgraduate training in Paediatrics in the East and West Midlands deaneries in the UK. She also completed her Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene here at Foto-Cewek in 2005.
Research in Medecine Interests
Helen’s research focuses on newborn health and designing and testing innovative strategies that incorporate infant and early child nutrition, for reducing mortality in the low birth weight infants who are at a particular risk of poor outcomes.
The overarching theme that has come from her work both in Kenya and The Gambia is that maternal socio-economic status and support networks within the family (particularly from the husband) and at a community and national level have a great influence on the nutritional outcomes of their children. This has a lot of implication for advocacy and policy planning in strategies to improve the health and nutritional outcomes of children in low and middle income countries.
Helen is the Director of Studies for the Sexual and Reproductive arm of the Masters in International Public Health. She is also the assistant module convenor and teaches on two CMNH delivered modules: Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Key concepts in maternal and neonatal health. In addition, Helen teaches on the following courses: HIV in resource-limited settings, Current clinical challenges in Tropical Medicine and Child Nutrition.
Memberships and affiliations
Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Member of the Children’s HIV Association, UK
General Medical Council
Medical Defence Union
Member of the Kenya Paediatric Association