Dr. Estelle Sidze is a maternal and child health specialist building evidence on inequities in access to quality MCH services and maternal well-being, and associations with sociodemographic and structural vulnerabilities. Her populations of interest are young women, migrants and mobile populations, and urban marginalized populations.
Estelle currently holds a Grand Challenges Explorations grant aiming at assessing vulnerabilities leading to stress and post-partum depression among adolescent mothers living in the slums of Nairobi, and developing appropriate intervention packages. She also holds several grants on evaluating the impact of targeted social protection and health insurance programs among vulnerable populations in Kenya, in terms of improving affordability of MCH care, ability to purchase care and access to safe and quality care.
Estelle led a study in 2017, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration, aiming to investigate access and barriers to RMNCH services among migrant and mobile populations in Eastern and Southern Africa, and identify migrant-sensitive RMNCH health system models or practices in migration corridors. Two peer-reviewed papers are currently being developed to highlight evidence on migrant pregnant women journeys and experiences in migration corridors. Estelle also co-authored a book chapter on the hidden side of the migration story in Africa. Published in the book ‟Out of Africa: why do migrants flee”, the chapter is a reflection on the magnitude of internal migration in Africa and its implications in terms of migrants’ vulnerabilities to adverse socioeconomic and health outcomes.
Estelle is a member of the Joint Countdown to 2030 and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) Technical Working Group for the Tracking of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Domestic Financing for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (WCAH). The aim of the international working group is to identify ways to integrate tracking of official development assistance (ODA) and domestic financing for MCH.
Estelle has several years of experience of research leadership and policy engagement experience acquired at APHRC, one of the Africa’s foremost regional research centers addressing population, health and education issues. She has published several peer-reviewed papers and opinion pieces, and serves as reviewer and guest editor for various peer-reviewed journals including BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Bulletin of the World Health organization, BMC Public health, BMJ Global Health, Sage, African Journal of Reproductive Health, and International Social Science Journal.
Estelle believes the sexual and reproductive health lives of African can be transformed through excellent work and leadership by African researchers.
Estelle holds a Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) and PhD in Demography from the University of Montreal, Canada.
Estelle's research grants as principal investigator or co-investigator include:
1. Sasa Mama Teen Project: Strong Minds for Stronger Adolescent Mothers in Nairobi Slums, May 2018-December 2019 (Principal investigator, Grand Challenges Explorations, USD 100,000)
2. Understanding contraceptive uptake after medical abortion among women and adolescent girls in Kenya, March 2018-December 2018 (Principal investigator, IPAS USA, USD 48,000)
3. Qualitative study on economic, social, and health benefits of social protection programmes in Kenya (with focus on maternal and child health protection programs) (Principal investigator, UNICEF through University of Maastricht, USD 45,000)
4. Reproductive health and rights among migrants and mobile populations in East and Southern Africa: In-depth analysis of policies, needs, barriers and rights to services, February 2017 – December 2017 (co-Principal investigator, International Organization for Migration, USD 250,000)
5. Impact and cost-effectiveness of the free primary care and free maternity care programs in Kenya, 2015-2017 (co-Investigator, The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research – WOTRO, Euros 300,000)
6. Analysis of resources flows for reproductive health in sub-Saharan African countries, 2011-2016 (Principal investigator, UNFPA through NIDI, USD 300,000)
7. The public cost of unsafe abortion in Kenya, 2014-2015 (co-investigator, Hewlett foundation, USD 300,000).