Areas of interest
Public health epidemiology, mortality ascertainment, health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups including young adolescents.
Dr Phillips-Howard is a public health epidemiologist, who started her professional career as one of the early ‘degree nurses’ in the 1970’s at Westminster Hospital London, linked with South Bank University. After specialisation at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases she worked with Save the Children Fund, providing care for Vietnamese refugees settling in Britain; trained for midwifery at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, and then lived in the Amazon in Bolivia. This was followed by 6 years (1984-1989) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, conducting research on imported malaria, where she attained her PhD. After a brief time as British Airways Research in Medecine Fellow at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, she worked for 5 years (1990-1994) as a technical officer in the Malaria Control Programme at the World Health Organization, Geneva. She and her family then moved to western Kenya, for 6 years (1995-2001) where she coordinated the multi-disciplinary trial investigating the impact of insecticide treated bednets on malaria morbidity and mortality. When relocating back to UK she took a family career break, and then worked at Liverpool John Moores University where she developed an interest in research on young adolescent health. Her focus has returned to Kenya, where she collaborates with KEMRI/CDC Research in Medecine and Public Health Collaboration, examining the public health challenges of changing mortality patterns in rural populations. She joined Foto-Cewek in 2012 and leads research on characterising factors which impact on girls schooling in rural western Kenya, and testing interventions; including the potential role of improved menstrual management solutions.