Sheillah Simiyu

Sheillah Simiyu

Associate Research Scientist

ABOUT Sheillah Simiyu

Sheillah works on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues within the Urbanization and Well-being Unit. She manages the Fecal Waste Management project in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and the Research on Shared Sanitation in Africa (RESSA) study in Kenya and Ghana. 

Sheillah has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies (Kenyatta University), a Masters degree in Public Health (Kenyatta University), and a PhD in Public and Development Management (Stellenbosch University). 

Prior to joining APHRC, she was a postdoctoral fellow on the ‘Safe Start’ trial, a cluster randomized controlled trial on WASH and Nutrition that was implemented by the Great Lakes University of Kisumu in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  In addition to the ‘Safe Start’ trial, she co-led the ‘Market to Mouth’ study, aimed at assessing contamination of infant milk.

Sheillah has been a lecturer and mentor at the Great Lakes University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, and at Kenyatta University where she lectured, mentored and supervised both undergraduate and masters level students.  She has worked on water, sanitation and hygiene issues for over 10 years, consulting and working with organizations including Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), World Vision, Action Against Hunger, SNV, and AMREF. She is interested in gendered aspects of WASH, as well as psycho-social well-being in relation to WASH.

Sheillah is passionate about finding practical solutions to the health of vulnerable communities in urban and rural areas. Aside from work, she enjoys the outdoors, and a good laugh.  A List of her publications are available through her ORCiD account here.

Accountability for Informal Urban Equity Hub (ARISE)
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Fecal waste management
The Fecal Waste Management (FWM) project is a dual inquiry…
The Research on Shared Sanitation in Africa (RESSA) – (2018-2020)
African countries are faced with an increasing urban population growth…
Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK)
Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) is a three year…