Alison works at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust research programme based at Kilifi, Kenya.
She is a doctor, researching prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children. Her research is community based, working with young mothers to improve infant feeding. Alison also co-ordinates a work-based bible study group and serves on the development committee of St. Thomas’ Church. She chairs the management board of Upendo Orphans’ Support Project, a Methodist project assisting 62 orphans to stay at home with their extended families.
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It’s been a strange few months in Kenya with all the politicking that goes with a general election – or rather two – the first in August for six levels of government representatives from presidential down to ward level, then a rerun of the discounted presidential election in late October.
The other major disruption has been a series of health workers’ strikes that started in December last year and ended in November. For the people relying on government health facilities this has meant trying to afford private clinics and going without antenatal care, safe deliveries, immunizations and family planning in the case of my study participants. Fortunately, none of my mothers died but one who missed out on antenatal visits lost a second twin who was only noticed after delivering the first.
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