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Gathari Ndirangu Gichuhi

Technical Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) at Jhpiego

Dr. Gathari Ndirangu Gichuhi is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with 15 years’ experience in Reproductive Health program management. He is currently the Technical Director for the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) in Kenya with Jhpiego as the lead partner. He provides leadership to a highly skilled team of doctors and nurses and provides technical support to the Ministry of Health leadership at the national and county levels to implement high priority interventions in RMNCH/nutrition and WASH towards ending preventable child and maternal deaths. 

Before becoming MCSP’s Technical Director, he was the RH/FP/MNH Technical Advisor at MCHIP Kenya, where he worked with MOH to identify modalities of scaling up high impact interventions to improve RMNH outcomes in Kenya.

Prior to that, he was the RH Technical Advisor at the MOH’s Division of Reproductive Health where he was responsible for the development of numerous policy documents, strategies and guidelines and learning resource packages through translation of scientific evidence into policy, programming and practice.

Dr. Gichuhi has been a member of several technical consultations at the global level through the World Health Organization (WHO) where he has contributed to the development of a number of policy guidance statements. He is an active member of the WHO Maternal Morbidity Working Group.

He has been instrumental in creating linkages and collaboration with national and global individuals, institutions and partners to leverage on resources and improve RMNH outcomes in Kenya.

Dr. Gichuhi has a wealth of experience in pre-service training at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels in Ob/Gyn and in-service training for physicians, nurse-midwives and clinical officers. He has presented and chaired sessions in many scientific conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. He contributes to health education through various communication platforms.

He graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and subsequently with a Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Nairobi. He was later awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship that allowed him to participate in a professional development course in Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.