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Mike worked in Kilifi from 1992-1996 on malaria and returned to the UK to complete specialist training as a General Paediatrician in 1998. He returned to Kilifi in 1999 to work on neonatal illness and care while working as the paediatrician in Kilifi District Hospital. In 2004 he moved to Nairobi and continues to work with the KEMRI / WT Programme as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, building up a Kenyan group working on Child and Newborn Health in collaboration with Kenya's Ministries of Public Health and Sanitation and Medical Services and the University of Nairobi.
His work has included developing national, evidence-based guidelines for care of severely ill children and newborns and long-term studies with a multidisciplinary team on initiating and establishing ‘best-practices' within rural government hospitals.
Currently he is a Reader in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, UK and an honorary lecturer at the University of Nairobi. He provides advice to the Kenyan government and works with WHO on a range of issues related to child and newborn survival. In 2008 he won the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine's Chalmers Medal for his contribution to international health.
His team working on child and newborn health are engaged in work on economic evaluation, evidence synthesis (www.ichrc.org), task-shifting around non-physician clinicians and the benefits and social value of research.
Since 2006 over 700 Kenyan health workers have been trained in ETAT+, the course developed as part of the hospital care project, and ETAT+ is now a compulsory induction course for new paediatricians in training in Nairobi. It has also been incorporated into the medical undergraduate curriculum in Nairobi, in an adapted 3 days form, with over 600 medical students trained to date. Support for ‘scaling-up' this course has come from the David Baum International Foundation of RCPCH (UK) amongst others. Since 2004 I have also played an active role in the Kenya Paediatric Association contributing to: fund raising and helping the association open its first office; providing medical education to Kenyan paediatricians; and helping organise the annual scientific meeting.
Development of Kenyan guidelines for care of children and newborns in hospital; Core group member supporting development and revision WHO Pocketbook of Hospital Care for Children; WHO advisory groups on quality of care for children and management of pneumonia and severe neonatal illness.