Phylis Jepkorir Busienei

Phylis Jepkorir Busienei

Research Officer

ABOUT Phylis Jepkorir Busienei

Phylis is an early-career, public health scientist with an interest in Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation (WASH) issues. As a Research Officer in the Urbanization and Wellbeing Unit, Phylis currently supports the implementation of research activities for a project on statistical and agent-based modeling of complex microbial systems that seek to understand enteric disease transmission among children in urban neighborhoods of Nairobi and Kisumu counties in Kenya (The ‘PATHOME’ study). She also coordinates research activities on the scale-up of water supplies projects in Kibera, which is supported by the Manitou Fund in Kenya. Her roles in the two projects include coordinating and working with the project teams to develop, review and translate project protocol, research tools, and training manuals; coordinating community mobilization; supervising and coordinating fieldwork and laboratory activities; and handling data collection logistics.

She holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health from Egerton University and has over five years of experience working in public health and research. She is an alumnus of the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF). Before joining APHRC, Phylis served as a program support officer for research, learning, and evaluation at the Center for Population, Health, and Research Management (CPHRM) Group, where she coordinated WASH-related work, including Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) projects from their inception phases up to completion. She has also worked as a research assistant for other consultancy projects around Kenya.

Phylis is an Associate Member of the Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK) and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Expert at the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).

She is passionate about improving access to WASH services, especially among vulnerable populations, through research. She wants to contribute to policy-relevant WASH research that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of these populations in Kenya and, indeed, in Africa.

Aside from her work, Phylis enjoys a nice cup of coffee and hearty laughter! You can access her research work through her ORCID ID or on Research Gate.