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Francis Wafula

Affiliateship: 2021-2025

Cohort 6

Country (Nationality)



Medical & Health Sciences


Dr. Francis Wafula is the academic director and a senior lecturer at Strathmore University’s Institute of Healthcare Management. For the last 10 years, he worked with government to support policy work, including reforming Kenya’s healthcare regulatory system, developing of a health facilities accreditation framework and developing a strategy and resource guide for PPPs in healthcare.

His current research includes strengthening professional regulation in Kenya and Uganda (with Makerere and Warwick universities); strengthening e-pharmacy regulation in Kenya and India (with the George Institute-India and LSHTM); and strengthening health system response to epidemics (with Red Cross). He co-led the implementation of the recently concluded Kenya Patient Safety Impact Evaluation (KePSIE), the largest trial of patient safety in a low/middle-income setting, covering over 1,300 public and private health facilities.

He holds a PhD in Health Systems and Policy (Open University and LSHTM, 2012), an MSc Public Health (LSHTM), and Pharmacy degree (University of Nairobi), with additional training from IESE Business School and Strathmore Business School. He previously worked as research advisor for Aidspan (a Global Fund Observer), a health systems researcher at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Programme, and a pharmacist with the government. He sits on various advisory groups and is a member of the WHO Technical Expert Group on Regulation.

Outside of work, he enjoys theatre arts and soccer, and loves establishing new ventures that promote social interaction. He recently co-established ‘the Chat Room Restaurant’, a quaint establishment that has become popular among professionals wishing to telecommute, network or exchange ideas in a relaxed environment.