PhD Candidate: The Open University UK and, Kenya Medical Research Institute

Peter Macharia is a PhD candidate of spatial epidemiology at The Open University UK, supported by the Initiative to Develop Research Leaders (IDeAL), based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP). His PhD research focuses on modelling subnational child mortality, its determinants and their contribution since 1965 in Kenya. This work will allow benchmarking, inform policies, resource allocation and the realization of SDGs

Prior to this Peter was a geospatial modeller with the spatial health metrics group within KWTRP, where he worked on mapping populations at risk of malaria, coverage of malaria interventions, access to health services and developed spatial models to quantify bed-nets needed at each health facility in Kenya

He holds a MSc in Geospatial Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT), Postgraduate Diploma in Health research methods from Pwani University and BSc in Geomatic Engineering and GIS from JKUAT

His interests are in disease mapping and spatial epidemiology (child mortality, its determinants, access and utilization to healthcare).


  • –present
    PhD candidate, Kenya Medical Research Institute


  • 2020 
    The OPen University, UK and KWTRP, Kenya, PhD
  • 2017 
    Jomo Kenyatta University & Technology (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya , MSc, Geospatial Information system and Remote Sensing
  • 2015 
    Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya , Post Graduate Diploma, Health Research Methods
  • 2014 
    Jomo Kenyatta University & Technology (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya , BSc (Hons), Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems


  • 2018
    Macharia PM, Giorgi E, Noor AM, Waqo E, Kiptui R, Okiro EA, Snow RW. Spatio-temporal analysis of Plasmodium falciparum prevalence to understand the past and chart the future of malaria control in Kenya. Malaria journal 17:340,
  • 2018
    Alegana VA, Maina J, Paul O Ouma PO, Macharia PM, Wright J, Atkinson PM, Okiro EA, Snow RW, Tatem AJ. National and sub-national variation in patterns of febrile case management in sub-Saharan Africa: an insight into public health sector service delivery. Nature Communication 9:4994 ,
  • 2018
    Ouma PO, Maina J, Thuranira PN, Macharia PM, Alegana AA, English M, Okiro EO, Snow RW. Access to emergency hospital care provided by the public sector in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015: a geocoded inventory and spatial analysis. Lancet Global Health 6: e342–e350,
  • 2017
    Maina JK, Macharia PM, Ouma PO, Snow RW, Okiro EA. Coverage of routine reporting on malaria parasitological testing in Kenya, 2015–2016,
  • 2017
    Macharia PM, Ouma PO, Gogo EG, Snow RW , Noor AM. Spatial accessibility to basic public health services in South Sudan. Geospatial Health, 12: 510 ,
  • 2017
    Macharia PM, Ouma PO, Odera PA, Snow RW, Noor AM . Spatial models for the rational allocation of routinely distributed bed nets to public health facilities in Western Kenya. Malaria Journal 16:367,
  • 2016
    Githinji S, Noor AM, Malinga J, Macharia PM, Kiptui R, Omar A, Njagi K, Waqo E, Snow RW. A national health facility survey of malaria infection among febrile patients in Kenya, 2014. Malaria Journal 15:591,

Professional Memberships

  • Graduate Member, GIS chapter, Institution of surveyors of Kenya (ISK)
  • Full life Time Member International Society of Geospatial Health (GnosisGIS)