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Professor Grace Irimu

Professor Grace Irimu

Principal Investigator

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Grace is a paediatrician and a paediatric nephrologist, a Health System Researcher and an implementation scientist. She is the current Chairperson, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.

Grace holds a PhD in Public Health. As a health system researcher, she has advanced expertise in developing and disseminating evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and improving their uptake by using audit feedback. Among her accomplishment, she had led initiatives in developing MoH Basic Paediatric Protocols and scaling ETAT+ in preservice and in-service training programmes in Kenya and beyond. She was instrumental in the formation of the Clinical Information Network (CIN). She is the PI Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies programme (NEST), Kenya chapter. She provided leadership in the development of “Comprehensive Newborn Care Protocols – Integrating Technologies with Clinical Care” and scaling the NEST Programme in Kenya. Grace is the Deputy Chair of the National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Policy and Systems Research Programme Funding Committee, Department of Health and Social Care, UK Government – This is Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding that focuses on issues that have a significant and growing impact on the health and economies of Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Grace is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Global Implementation Society (GIS). GIS promotes research, effective implementation and scaling practices. Grace is a resource person for World Health Organization (WHO) and has participated in the Technical consultation on the framework and standards for improving paediatric quality of care. She also supported coordination of development of 2018 WHO manual in ‘Improving the Quality of Paediatric Care: An operational guide for facility-based audit and review of Paediatric mortality’ Grace was profiled in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health recognizing my contribution to development and scaling up of ETAT+ in Kenya She was recognized by Lancet Child and Adolescent Health as one of the most influential doctors in Health and Medicine in 2021’s Black History Month.