eliphas

Title: Dr. PhD
Title/Qualifications:  PhD , MPH, MSc, BScN

Department/Unit/Section: Environmental and Occupational health
Contact Address:
P. O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi- Kenya.

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Position: Lecturer

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=czVW1iEAAAAJ

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8788-742X

Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eliphas-Gitonga
Areas of Specialization; Reproductive  health, Nursing, Public Health, medical physiology and Monitoring/evaluation
Research interests: Maternal health, adolescent and child health, urban family planning, Community health nursing and midwifery, Monitoring and evaluation 

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Dr. Eliphas Gitonga Makunyi is a lecturer in Kenyatta University, department of Population and reproductive health which is in the school of public health. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Moi University. His post graduate studies were obtained from Kenyatta University (Master of public health and PhD) and University of Nairobi (medical physiology). He has Doctor of Philosophy in reproductive health.  He is a post-doctoral fellow with International Union of Scientific study of Populations (IUSSP) where he was the principal Investigator for Urban Family planning among Marginalized and vulnerable Somali Women. He has worked as consultant for WHO, AMREF, Tangaza University, Nursing Council of Kenya, FAIMER and Dedan Kimathi University of technology.   He publishes in areas of specialization. He lectures in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with main areas being maternal health, child health, adolescent health, monitoring/evaluation and medical physiology. Eliphas is a member of Population Association of America, International Society of Urban health, International Union of Scientific study of populations. He is registered with Nursing Council of Kenya as a Nurse/Midwife.

CONFERENCES/SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS

  • 2023; 6th Reproductive Health network Kenya annual Conference, Diani Reef Resort and SPA, Kenya
  • 2023: Population Association of America 2023 (PAA 2023), New Orleans Louisiana, USA
  • 2022: International Conference on Family Planning 2022 (ICFP 2022), Pattaya, Thailand
  • 2022: International Society of Urban health conference 2022, Valencia, Spain
  • 2022; 3 Panel Mini-Conference on family planning and contraception by International Union for scientific study of populations at Madeira, Portugal
  • 2022; Africities Conference, Kisumu
  • 2019; African population health conference, Entebbe Uganda 12th-20th December
  • 2018: MPH curriculum validation workshop of Edna Adan University, Hargesia Somaliland, 9-11th March 2018
  • 2017: 1st international conference on reproductive health, Kenyatta University Kenya; May 2017
  • 2016: 1st Haemostasis and thrombosis conference, Nairobi, Kenya

PRESENTATION OF PAPERS IN ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

  • 2023; 6th Reproductive Health network Kenya annual Conference, Diani Reef Resort and SPA, Kenya; Comparing the Use of Modern Family Planning among native and refugee young Somali women in Nairobi City, Kenya
  • 2023: Population Association of America 2023 (PAA 2023), New Orleans Louisiana, USA; Dynamics in Utilization of Modern Family Planning among blended Somali Women (refugees and natives) in Nairobi City, Kenya
  • 2022: International Conference on Family Planning 2022 (ICFP 2022), Pattaya, Thailand; Utilization of Family planning among urban Somali refugee women in Nairobi City, Kenya
  • 2022: International Society of Urban health conference 2022; Predictors of approval for the use of family planning among blended (natives and Refugees) Somali women in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2022: International Society of Urban health conference 2022, Valencia, Spain ; The missing synergistic link between family planning and urban development in Nairobi, Kenya,https://iussp.org/sites/default/files/Eliphas%20Urban%20development%20and%20Family%20Planning%20_%20The%20Missing%20Link.pdf
  • 2022; Future research ideas in urban family planning in 3 Panel meeting on family planning and contraception by International Union for scientific study of populations at Madeira, Portugal
  • 2021: International Population Conference 2021 (Virtual): Family planning among blended Somali women in Nairobi, Kenya; Preliminary results; https://ipc2021.popconf.org/uploads/210125
  • 2017: Three delays model in causation of obstetric fistula at 1st international conference on reproductive health, Kenyatta University Kenya; May 2017
  • 2017: Potential of mobile health in prevention of obstetric fistula at 1st international conference on reproductive health, Kenyatta University Kenya; May 2017
  • 2017: Birth preparedness in prevention of obstetric fistula at 1st international conference on reproductive health, Kenyatta University Kenya; May 2017
  • 2016: Haemostatic effects of selected Kenyan plants in 1st Haemostasis and thrombosis conference, Nairobi, Kenya

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

  • Gitonga, E., & Gage, A. J. (2024). Modern contraceptive prevalence and its predictors among non-refugee and refugee Somali women in Nairobi city, Kenya; a comparative view. Frontiers in Global Women's Health5, 1328612.
  • Eliphas Gitonga, Rosebella Iseme, Redempta Mutisya & Maurice Kodhiambo (2022) Cervical cancer knowledge, awareness and related health behaviours amongst women of reproductive age in Kiambu County, Kenya: a cross-sectional study, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 10:1, 1056-1070, DOI: 10.1080/21642850.2022.2136184
  • Peter Kimani, Eliphas Gitonga and Joseph Musau, Risk factos for caesarean delivery and fetal macrosomia among women with gestational diabetes in Nyeri County Kenya: cross-sectional study. Pan African Medical Journal. 2022; 41:322. Doi: 10.11604/pamj.2022.41.322.29734
  • Gitonga E., J. Nyamari, P. N. Warutere and A. Wanyoro, “Utilization of mobile short message service to enhance uptake of focused ante natal care,” African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Accepted
  • Gitonga E. “Skilled Birth Attendance among Women in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya” advances in public health. Volume 2017, Article ID 9740196, 5 pages doi.org/10.1155/2017/9740196
  • Gitonga E. and M. Felarmine, “Determinants of health facility delivery among women in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya,” The Pan African Medical Journal, vol. 2, supplement 2, p. 9, 2016. [10]
  • Gitonga E., M. Keraka, and P. Mwaniki, “Birth preparedness among women in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya,” African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 153–157, 2015
  • Gitonga E. “Determinants of Focused Antenatal Care Uptake among Women in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya”, advances in public health. Volume 2017, Article ID 3685401, https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/3685401
  • Byamukama Topher, Margaret Keraka, Eliphas Gitonga. “Perceptions of Caregivers on Immunization in Ntungamo District, Uganda”. Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health
  • Joseph O. Adoyo, Eliphas G. Makunyi, George O. Otieno, Alison Yoos. Magnitude and determinants of self-referrals among women seeking skilled birth attendance services: a cross-sectional hospital-based study in Marsabit County, Kenya. Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health. https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20211728
  • Yasmin H. Derowa, Eliphas Gitonga, George Otieno, Alison Yoos, Clayton S. Jisuvei Impact of introduction of the anti-female genital mutilation law on the practice of female genital mutilation in Garissa County, Kenya. https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20213765

Grants won and funding attracted

  • 2022; AuthorAID grant for Kenya research, mentorship and Publishing hub; USD 9000
  • 2022; IUSSP; Urban family planning fellowship; USD 23, 750; Policy communication grant
  • 2021: Kenyatta University Vice Chancellors grant as principal investigator; kshs. 1.2M
  • 2020; IUSSP; Urban family planning fellowship; USD 41, 0000
  • 2019: STAR fellowship on university collaborations and curriculum development as a Co-investigator; USD 7500
  • 2012: APHIA II evaluation fellowship; KSHS 400,000