Dr. Estelle Sidze is a maternal and child health specialist building evidence on maternal and child health vulnerabilities and underlying demographic, socioeconomic and structural factors. Her populations of interest are urban poor, migrants and young women.
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 thrives on ensuring that stakeholders and decision makers in sub-Saharan Arica have adequate and quality data to deliver on the SDG commitment of leaving no one behind in the provision of maternal, child and newborn health services.