Dr. Hellen C. Barsosio

Position: Director - Programs
Categories: Team Members

Hellen Barsosio currently works at the KEMRI- Center for Global Health Research. Hellen does research on infections in pregnancy including malaria and co-infections with viruses. She leads the maternal and newborn health studies within the KEMRI-LSTM- CDC collaboration, Malaria Program. Hellen does research on infections in pregnancy including malaria and co-infections with viruses.

Hellen also works closely with the Vaccine Research Group and ‘Kilifi Perinatal & Maternal Health Research Program (KIPMAT) at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Her team aims to discover and test interventions that improve pregnancy outcomes in our populations and draws expertise from 11 partner academic institutions around the world including research sites in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. #IMPROVE #MALCOV #MIMBA #AGREE. Away from her day-to-day work, she a global peace activist- we can only do good research when we live and work in peaceful spaces and places. #IPPNW #ICAN


Madanitsa, M., Barsosio, H.C., Minja, D.T., Mtove, G., Kavishe, R.A., Dodd, J., Saidi, Q., Onyango, E.D., Otieno, K., Wang, D. and Ashorn, U., 2023. Effect of monthly intermittent preventive treatment with dihydroartemisinin–piperaquine with and without azithromycin versus monthly sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine on adverse pregnancy outcomes in Africa: a double-blind randomised, partly placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet401(10381), pp.1020-1036.

Dickinson, F.M., Achieng, F., K’Oloo, A., Otiti, I., Tindi, L., Boga, M., Kimani, M., Kiige, L., Mellor, K., Dellicour, S. and Barsosio, H.C., 2023. Breastfeeding support for mothers of low birth weight infants using mother-to-mother peers in rural western Kenya-a feasibility study. medRxiv, pp.2023-01.

Wright, J.L., Achieng, F., Tindi, L., Patil, M., Boga, M., Kimani, M., Barsosio, H.C., Juma, D., Kiige, L., Manu, A. and Kariuki, S., Design and implementation of a community-based mother-to-mother peer support programme for the follow-up of low birthweight infants in rural western Kenya. Frontiers in Pediatrics11, p.1173238.

K’Oloo, A., Godfrey, E., Koivu, A.M., Barsosio, H.C., Manji, K., Ndesangia, V., Omiti, F., Khery, M.B., Ondieki, E.D., Kariuki, S. and Ter Kuile, F.O., 2023. Improving birth weight measurement and recording practices in Kenya and Tanzania: a prospective intervention study with historical controls. Population health metrics21(1), pp.1-9.

van Duijn, S., Barsosio, H.C., Omollo, M., Milimo, E., Akoth, I., Aroka, R., de Sanctis, T., K’Oloo, A., June, M.J., Houben, N. and Wilming, C., 2023. Public-private partnership to rapidly strengthen and scale COVID-19 response in Western Kenya. Frontiers in public health10, p.837215.