Dr. EIiud Wekesa is a highly skilled Lecturer as well as a Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with over 15 years of experience in research/teaching and program interventions and evaluations in Population Health, Population and Development and Social Development. He has previously worked in the design and implementation of basic and implementation research, programs and M&E systems for different organizations, including: African Population and Health Research Center, Population Council, Population Services International/Kenya, UNFPA and UNICEF. He has worked with USAID, DFID and other donor funded partners and is a certified Measure Evaluation & USAID M&E Specialist. He has previously been a Wellcome Trust Fellow/Scholar; Bixby Trust Fellow/Scholar; and Population Reference Bureau Fellow. He is committed to excellence in Research, M&E, learning and knowledge sharing aimed at improving health and socio-economic wellbeing in communities.
PhD in Demography/Population Studies, London School of Economics, UK, (Excellence) 2012
MSc Population and Development, London School of Economics, UK (Distinction) 2007
MA in Medical Anthropology, University of Nairobi, Kenya 2002
B.A (Hons) Anthropology, University of Nairobi, Kenya 1995
Other Credentials/Recognitions & Awards
Welcome Trust Research Fellow, Fred H. Bixby Research Fellow, Population Reference Bureau Population Policy Communication Fellow
Current Professional/Scientific Interests, Memberships, and Activities:
- Population Association of America (PAA): Member, 2010- current
- International Union for the Scientific Study on Population (IUSSP): Member, 2008- Current
- Union of African Population Studies (UAPS), Member, 2007- Current
- Population Association of Kenya (PAK): Executive Committee Member, 2013-Current
Selected Peer-review Publications
- Wekesa, Eliud, Ian Askew, and Timothy Abuya. 2018 “Ambivalence in pregnancy intentions: the effect of quality of care and context among a cohort of women attending family planning clinics in Kenya”. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0190473
- Mutumba, Massy, Wekesa Eliud and Stephenson, Rob. 2018 “Community influences on modern contraceptive use among young women in low and middle-income countries: a cross- sectional multi-country analysis. BMC Public Health 18:430
- Wekesa, Eliud. 2016 “Contraception and unintended pregnancy: the changing relationship overtime in sub-Saharan Africa”. African Population Studies Vol. 30 No. 2(Supp.): 2777-2786
- Wekesa, Eliud, and Ernestina Coast. 2015 “Family planning need and use among individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the slums of Nairobi”. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 130(supplement 3): E31–E36
- Wekesa, Eliud, and Ernestina Coast. 2014 “Fertility intentions among men and women living with HIV/AIDS in Nairobi slums: a mixed methods study”. PLoS ONE 9(8): e106292
- Wekesa, Eliud and Ernestina Coast. 2013 “Living with HIV post-diagnosis: a qualitative study of the experiences of Nairobi slum residents”. British Medical Journal Open 3(5): e002399
- Izugbara, Chimaraoke and Eliud Wekesa. 2011. “Beliefs and practices about antiretroviral medication: a study of poor urban Kenyans living with HIV/AIDS”. Sociology of Health & Illness 33 (6):869-883.
- Wekesa, Eliud, and Ernestina Coast. (forthcoming) “HIV testing experiences in Nairobi Slums: the good, the bad and the ugly. AIDS Care
- Wekesa, Eliud (under review): “Unintended pregnancy and contraception in developing countries: explaining the unexpected”. Contraception
- Wekesa, Eliud. 2019 “HIV testing experiences in slums of Nairobi: the good, the bad and the ugly. BMC Public Health 19:1600
Selected International Conference Presentations
- Wekesa, Eliud (2017): “Unintended pregnancy and contraception in developing countries: explaining the unexpected”. Paper presented at the Population Association of America, Chicago: Illinois, 27-29 April 2017.
- Wekesa E (2015) “Contraception and unintended pregnancy: the changing relationship overtime in sub-Saharan Africa” paper presented at the 7th African Population Conference, Pretoria: South Africa November 30- December 4 2015
- Wekesa, E, Askew, I and T. Abuya (2014) “Ambivalence in pregnancy intentions: the effect of quality of care and context among a cohort of women attending family planning clinics in Kenya” paper presented at the Population Association of America, Boston: Massachusetts, 1-3 May 2014.
- Wekesa, E and E. Coast (2013) “Family planning use and need among HIV infected men and women in Nairobi slums” paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Family Planning, Addis Ababa: Ethiopia, 12-15 November 2013
- Wekesa, E and E. Coast (2013) “Fertility intentions among people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) are fraught with ambivalence: Mixed methods evidence from Nairobi slums, paper presented at the XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan: Korea, 26-31 Aug 2013
- Wekesa, E and E. Coast (2010) “just like a taste of water which is too little to quench the thirst”: condom use among people living with HIV/AIDS in Nairobi urban slums, paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH), New York, 27 –29 October 2010.
- Wekesa, E and E. Coast (2009) “for ever and ever amen”: facilitators of adherence to ART in Nairobi Urban Informal settlements, paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH), Nairobi, Kenya. 18th –23rd October, 2009
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