Mike English, MD, MB BChir, MA, FMedSci worked in Kilifi from 1992-1996 on malaria before spending three years in the UK first to complete specialist training as a General Paediatrician and then beginning his Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship in 1998. He returned to Kilifi in 1999 to work on neonatal illness and care while working as the paediatrician in Kilifi District Hospital. In 2004 he moved to Nairobi and continues to work with the KEMRI – Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow where he started the Child and Newborn Health Group in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Health and the University of Nairobi. As the research team grew it transitioned in 2011 to the Health Services Unit which Mike heads while also being co-lead for the Health Systems Research theme across the KWTRP and initiating the Oxford Health Systems Research Collaboration (OHSCAR).
Mike’s team of over 25 Kenyan researchers and 4 Oxford based researchers together with Kenya and international collaborators have undertaken work on: developing Kenyan national, evidence-based guidelines for care of children and newborns (now in their 4th edition); observational clinical and epidemiological studies often examining quality metrics, individual and cluster randomised trials, cost-effectiveness analyses, discrete choice experiments, empiric qualitative studies of human behavior, hospital managers and team leaders, studies on research ethics and mixed-methods approaches examining interventions to improve quality of care. He provides advice to the Kenyan government and works with WHO on a range of issues related to child and newborn survival and health systems performance.