Dr Edwine Barasa was selected following a rigorous recruitment process and will now lead the ambitious programme of health systems and public health work.
The Nairobi Programme has an international scope, spanning spatial epidemiology, learning health systems, case management, health economics and policy. It has developed several collaborations that are critical to successful health systems, public health and clinical research in Kenya. These include working with two major public hospitals in Nairobi, a network of hospitals throughout the country and collaborations with the Ministry of Health.
Edwine is a health economist, and currently heads the health economics research unit (HERU) of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya. His research interests include health financing, economic evaluation, and health system governance. Within RESYST, Edwine is involved in both governance work that is exploring how to nurture everyday resilience of health systems, and finance work that is examining healthcare purchasing arrangements.