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Njoroge Kamau

Njoroge Kamau

Program Director at International Medical Corps, Somalia

Njoroge Kamau is a Public Health professional with interests in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion; Communicable Disease Control; and Nutrition. His academic background is in Environmental Health with graduate qualifications in Health Systems Management and Global Development. Kamau has worked in the larger Eastern African region spanning from DR Congo to Kenya. He is currently working in Somalia implementing health and nutrition humanitarian interventions, overseeing a team of 22 health professionals. The program reaches around 20,000 beneficiaries annually including around 7,000 children under 5 years of age with severe acute malnutrition and 3,000 of them with moderate acute malnutrition. Kamau's previous work includes both development and emergency humanitarian work, including a five year child survival project in a stable conflict free development project that helped to save more than 380 children under 5 years of age.

Kamau has been working in Somalia for the last two years, serving in the Somalia Nutrition Cluster Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) and its Assessment and Information Management Working Group (AIM WG). In the SAG, he makes contributions to the strategic direction for the members of the Cluster to follow. Kamau assists in the mapping of crisis areas in order to determine how resources are allocated. He also supports the Cluster in conducting independent joint monitoring of emergency humanitarian interventions after disbursement of resources to the agencies. In the AIM WG, Kamau contributes his expertise on conducting surveys. For instance, last month, he was assigned by the AIM WG chairperson to assess if the methodology submitted to the AIM WG for a planned survey on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Infant and Young Children Feeding is scientifically sound and warrants validation by the AIM WG.

Previously, Kamau has conducted research on determinants of immunization coverage among slum dwellers as well as surveys on the environmental health status of slums in Kenya. He has also researched healthcare financing among pastoral communities. 


  1. J. Njuguna, N. Kamau and C. Muruka. Impact of free delivery policy on utilization of maternal health services in county referral hospitals in Kenya. BMC Health Services Research (2017) 17:429
  2. N. Kamau and H. Njiru. Environmental health status in Kenya slums. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Situation in Kenya’s Urban Slums. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 29 (2018): 316–329.
  3. Njoroge Kamau, Haron Njiru. Community Based Health Insurance Schemes: Lessons from Rural Kenya. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 25 (2014): 192–203
  4. Njoroge Kamau, Andy Peal. Crossfire: Does hygiene promotion risk making people feel more ashamed about their poverty and poor living conditions?. Waterlines Vol. 29 Issue 4, Oct 2010