Sheillah Simiyu

Sheillah is a public health researcher based at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya. She is involved in researching on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and nutrition in informal settlements. She is also involved in lecturing Bachelors and Masters level students in Research.

Sheillah has over nine years’ working experience with expertise and interest in WASH, Urban health matters, Hygiene and behavior change, Community development, Urban planning and development, and Waste management.

Sheillah has been a lecturer at Kenyatta University, where she mainly taught courses in Environmental/Public Health, Waste Management, Community health, Project management and Environmental Impact Assessment. She has also worked with several Non-Governmental Organisations including World Vision Kenya, Action Against Hunger, and Amref Health Africa.

Sheillah has a PhD in Public and Development management from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where she researched on sanitation aspects in informal settlements of Kisumu in Kenya. She has a Masters in Public Health degree and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies, both from Kenyatta University, Kenya.

List of publications
Simiyu, S. 2017. Preference for and characteristics of an appropriate sanitation technology for the slums of Kisumu, Kenya. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. 300–312.
Simiyu, S., Swilling, M. & Cairncross, S. 2017. Decision-making on shared sanitation in the informal settlements of Kisumu, Kenya. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 27(5):377–393.
Simiyu, S., Swilling, M., Rheingans, R. & Cairncross, S. 2017. Estimating the cost and payment for sanitation in the informal Settlements of Kisumu, Kenya: A cross sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(1):49.
Simiyu, S., Swilling, M., Cairncross, S. & Rheingans, R. 2017. Determinants of quality of shared sanitation facilities in informal settlements: Case study of Kisumu, Kenya. BMC Public Health. 17(1):68.
Simiyu, S. 2016. Determinants of usage of communal sanitation facilities in informal settlements of Kisumu, Kenya. Environment and Urbanization. 28(1):241–258.
Simiyu, S. 2015. Socio-economic dynamics in slums and implications for sanitation sustainability in Kisumu, Kenya. Development in Practice. 25(7):986–996.
Simiyu, S. 2010. Water risk factors pre-disposing the under five children to diarrhoeal morbidity in Mandera district, Kenya. East African journal of public health. 7(4):353–60.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Great Lakes University of Kisumu