Prof. Margaret is a an Associate Professor of Environmental and Population Health. She is also the current Dean of Public Health with effect from 1st October 2018. She lectures in the following areas: Population Health, Medical Demography, Gender Health, Research Methods, Health Education and Promotion. HIV/AIDS Management and Health impact assessment.
Prof. Margaret Nyanchoka Keraka was the founding chairperson of the Department of Environmental Health at Kenyatta University in 2003, She has been chairperson of the following departments: Environmental and Population Health between 2011 and 2016, Population and Reproductive Health between 2016 and 2018. She is the currently the Dean of the school of Public Health and Applied Human Sciences in Kenyatta University.
She has participated in the development of Bsc. Community Health programmes for AMREF/Moi University, Bsc. Medical Education programme for the Aga Khan University, Kenya and Bsc Community Health for Technical University of Mombasa.
She is interested in research in such areas as: Sexual and Reproductive Health, and HIV AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, and WASH. She has been the Co-coordinator for the Gender Equity in Environmental Health training, a research that was conducted under the African Academy of Environmental Health. She has also been involved in consultative research on evaluating Community Based Health Care Strategy in a Kibwezi Community in Kenya.
She has co- authored a book on Burden of Childhood Diarrhea from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene focusing on low income settlements in Nairobi. This is begged on the fact that Child mortality in low income settlements is still very high compared to national estimates. In addition she has recently published two papers i.e Factors Associated with Default from Treatment among Tuberculosis Patients in Nairobi Province, Kenya: A Case Control Study and Utilization of Insecticide Treated Nets Utilization Amongst Pregnant Women in Thika District
Prof. Margaret in collaboration with Dr Tracy Morse of University of Malawi polytechnic won a grant in 2009 that focused on Gender Equity in Institutions Offering Environmental Health Programmes in Africa - MRCI 328.
In 2008 she in collaboration with member of eight African Universities won a grant That facilitated the establishment of Africa Academy for Environmental Health (AAEH). The Academy has since developed environmental health curricula and accredited diploma degree programmes in environmental health in SADC higher education institutes.
Prof. Margaret Keraka leads the Academic portfolio and has coordinated the development of an Internationals Generic Curriculum in Environmental Health. The curriculum is currently being piloted in some countries in the Southern and eastern parts of Africa.
Prof. Margaret has been involved in various consultative research activities such as 2007: Policy implications of Integration of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programmes in Africa Consultancy for UNFPA, UNICEF and NCAPD.
Prof. Keraka is currently offering consultation services to AMREF in the areas of Health systems research and Monitoring and evaluation of AMREF ministry of health projects research activities
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Articles in refereed Journals
- Onchonga, D, MoghaddamHosseini, V, Keraka M, Várnagy, A. 2020. Prevalence of fear of childbirth in a sample of gravida women in Kenya. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare 24 (2020), 100510
- Mwatu A. Keraka M.N. Muhoho N, Watutere P (2019) Evaluation Of Benzene And Toluene Levels Released Into The Breathing Zone Of Spray Painters Working In Small Scale Informal Auto-Garage, In Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya. International Journal of Innovative Research and Advanced Studies (IJIRAS) Volume 6 Issue 4, April 2019
- Zeddy N. C. W., MK Keraka. J Ngatia (2018). Global Gag Rule's Influence on Access to Contraceptive Services at Family Health Options Kenya in Nairobi City County. IJSER ISSN 2229-5518)
- Chepngetich J,; Keraka, M. and Njagi, J. Assessment of the Knowledge on Pre-Conception Care among Women of Reproductive age in Ruiru Sub-County, Kiambu County, Kenya. Global Journal of Health Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 82 - 100, June 2018
- Mwangi Hellen Nyambura , Margaret Keraka , Rekha Sharma , George Owino Risk Factors Associated with Syphilis Infection among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Nairobi City County, Kenya International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN: 2319- (2018): 15 0.28 | SJIF (2018): 7.426
- Maingi N.N. and M. Keraka. An Assessment of Health provider related factors influencing Utilization of health Facility during Child Birth by Women aged 15-49 Years in Matinyani Sub-County in Kitui county. Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing ISSN 2520-4025 (online) Vol.3, Issue 1, No.3, pp 25 - 40, 2018
- Maingi N.N. and M. Keraka An investigation of Client Related Factors influencing Utilization of Health Facility during Child Birth by Women Aged 15-49 years in Matinyani Sub-county in Kitui County. Global Journal of Health Sciences. Vol. 3 No 1PP 57-81
- E.W.Wambui, M.Keraka and P.Nguhiu. The Role of Maternal, Psychosocial and Socialcultural Factors in HIV-Exposed Infants’ Service Uptake; Nakuru Provincial General Hospital, Kenya. East African Medical Journal Vol. 91 No. 5 May 2017
- Chepchirchir MV, Nyamari J, and Keraka M. Associated factors with Puerperal Sepsis among Reproductive Age Women in Nandi County, Kenya. Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health. 2017; 5(4): 1032-1040. DOI: 10.22038/JMRH.2017.9348
- Kithinji Lucy Mwari, Margaret N. Keraka and Jemimah A. Simbauni Health Facility Factors That Influence The Use Of Growth Monitoring Clinic Services By Children Aged Between Twelve And Fifty Nine Months In Rural Area, Machakos County, Kenya. International Journal of Innovative Research and Advanced Studies (IJIRAS) Volume 4 Issue 7, July 2017. ISSN: 2394-4404
- Isaac Ogweno Owaka, Margaret Keraka Nyanchoka, Harryson Etemesi Atieli. Intimate partner violence in pregnancy among antenatal attendees at health facilities in West Pokot county, Kenya. The Pan African Medical Journal 2017;28:229. ISSN 1937-8688
- Kithinji Lucy Mwari, Margaret N. Keraka and Jemimah A. Simbauni. Care Giver Deteminants Of Utilization Of Growth Monitoring Clinic Among Children Aged 12-59 Months In Urban Kiambu County, Kenya. International Journal of Innovative Research and Advanced Studies (IJIRAS) Volume 4 Issue 6, June 2017. ISSN: 2394-4404
- Ndeto K. John; Sammy O. Barasa; Mary W. Murigi; Keraka N. Margaret and Justus O.S Osero. Utilization of individual birth plan during pregnancy and its determinants in Makueni County, KENYA.International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Vol.5 No.1 2018. ISSN 2394-6032
- M. Njiru, Margaret N. Keraka and Anthony K. Wanyoro (2016). Challenges to Visual Cervical Cancer Screening Service Integration and Utilization in Imenti South Sub-County 16 Reproductive Health Care System, Meru County – Kenya Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (IJIR) Vol-2, Issue-5, 2016 ISSN: 2454-1362, http://www.onlinejournal.in
- Eliphas Gitonga, Margaret Keraka and Peter Mwaniki.(2015). Birth preparedness among women in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. AFRICAN Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, october–december 2015, Vol 9, No 4
- Nyamari J., Mugendi B, Keraka M. and D. Agwata 2014: Effectiveness of Food Safety Training on Food Safety Knowledge and Practices of Hospital Food Handlers in Selected Hospitals in Kenya. Elite Research Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Vol. 1(1) pp. 12 – 21.
- Nyagero J. , Gakure R. , Keraka M., Mwangi M. , Wanzala P. 2012. The background, social support and behavioural characteristics associated with health insurance coverage among the older population in Kisii County, Kenya. The African Journal of Health Sciences Afr J Health Sci. 2012; 22:201-213 Osero J.S,
- Margaret N. Keraka, Syprine A. and Otieno M. 2012 Health consequences of sexual violence among survivors in selected hospitals in Kenya. Asian journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences. Asian J. Pharm.Hea.Sci./July-sep 2012 Vol.2 Issue 3
- Josephat Nyagero, Roslyn Gakure, Margaret Keraka, Peter Wanzala. Health insurance education strategies for increasing the insured among older population – a quasi-experimental study in rural Kenya. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2012;12:9
- Akunga, D.N. Keraka, M.N. and Anyango, O. (2011). Burden of Childhood Diarrhea from Water Sanitation and Hygiene. The case of Nairobi City Kenya. VDM Verlag Dr. Muller e.K Germany
- Marita, E.O, Keraka. M.N., Mwanzo I. 2011. Determinants of HIV-VCT utilization among secondary schools teachers in Thika district, Kenya. East Afr J. Public Health 2011 Dec;8(4):258-62.
- Muture, B.N.; Keraka, M.N.; Kimuu, B. K.; Kabiru, E; Ombeka, V.O. and Oguya, F. (2011): Factors Associated with Default from Treatment among Tuberculosis Patients in Nairobi Province, Kenya. A case control Study. Biomed Central Public Health journal 3011, 11:696 http:/www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/696
- Keraka M.N. and RR. Sharma (2010) Utilization of Insecticide Treated Nets among Pregnant women n Thika Distict. International Journal devoted to Nature, Environment and Natural Resource Conservation. Vol 22. No. 2 pp 189-195
- Kibua N.T; Muia D.M and Keraka, M. 2010. Efficacy of Community-Based Health Care in 17 Kenya: An Evaluation of AMREF’s 30 years in Kibwezi. The African Medical Research and Foundation. Nairobi
- Keraka M. N and Susan Morrell. 2009 (ed) Integrating HIV/AIDS and Sexual and reproductive health: Policy implications. English Press, Nairobi.
- Keraka M. and W. Serem. 2009. Factors Influencing Fertility Choices Among HIV-Infected Mothers in Uasin Gishu District, Kenya. In the Journal of Discovery and innovation Volume 21 No 1 and 2 ISSN 1015-097X. African Academy of Sciences Publishers, Nairobi.
- Kirimi F., Otieno M., Keraka M.N and Sharma R. (2008): Factors influencing implementation of public health standards in selected City Council markets in Nairobi Kenya in the International Journal of pure and applied Science Vol 1 No. 4 Pg. 117-122
Articles in conference proceedings
- Keraka M. N. 2010: Generic curriculum for improving Training in Environmental Health in Africa. Paper presented in the 2nd All Africa Environmental Health Congress 2010 held between 24th -27th may 2010, at Cross roads Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi organized by University Malawi
- Keraka M. N.; Nyagero J.; Odekina, D.; Yahuza M.I.; Lenanyokie B.L.; Kuot, S. and Lagat, N. 2010: Impact of School de-worming programme in Gatukuyu sub-location in Thika District. Paper presented in the 2nd All Africa Environmental Health Congress 2010 held between 24th -27th may 2010, at Cross roads Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi organized by University Malawi
- Keraka M. N. 2010: Gender equity in institutions offering Environmental Health programmes in Africa. Paper presented in the 2nd All Africa Environmental Health Congress 2010 held between 24th -27th may 2010, at Cross roads Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi organized by University Malawi