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Tonny Brian Muthee


DPhil Candidate

  • I am currently working on a Doctoral project that examines the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease risk in Kenyan primary care settings.

Cardiovascular disease risk prevention and management in resource-limited settings

Muthee is a Rhodes scholar reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Primary Health Care under Professor Carl Heneghan, Dr David Nunan, Dr Veronika Williams and Dr Anthony Etyang. 

Muthee is a clinical nurse and midwife registered in Kenya. He is also a public health specialist with interest in implementation science. His work is guided by the importance of placing evidence-based health care practice centrally when thinking about the convergence of public health, primary health care and policies for non-communicable diseases.

He has received various academic awards among them; Top MSc PH graduate 2017 at Oxford Brookes University, The Best Graduating Student 2015 (the University of Nairobi, School of Nursing), The Top National Midwifery Student 2015 (National Nurses Association of Kenya/Kenyatta National Hospital), and The Student Award of Outstanding Excellence 2015 (National Nurses Association of Kenya).

As of September 2020, he works for World Bank Group as a Health Specialist (Young Professional 2020 cohort) working in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. He is currently involved in various projects;

1) Various country, regional and global projects aimed at improving Primary Health Care (PHC) through PHC profile diagnosis, measurement, analytics, operations, learning and innovation.

I specifically work at the strategic confluence of the Bank's partnerships with other PHC and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) oriented multilateral agencies through the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI).

2) Global studies and stakeholder engagement to help countries understand the link between NCDs and human capital.

I am a team member in the analytical and advisory work to develop effective strategies to address the erosion of human capital caused by premature adult morbidity and mortality due to NCDs. This work will pave the way for scaling up investments into NCD prevention and management in various regions and globally.

3) COVID-19 Pandemic Response specifically on vaccination programming.

I am a team member tasked with client/country engagement to initiate and support country vaccine readiness assessment, vaccination program design, support and successful implementation.

I am currently assigned to the Western Balkans; North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In his spare time, he is a nurse entrepreneur, a science communication enthusiast and a thespian.