Dr Purity Mwendwa graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for a thesis entitled “Implementation of MHealth for Community Health Workers: Lessons from Two Rural Districts in Rwanda” from UCD's Ph.D. in Human Development Program in the area of Global Public Health.
Purity Mwendwa is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems in Dublin, Ireland. In her current role, she works as part of the health systems research project-Global Health, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing health systems problems. Her PhD focused on the use of community health workers (CHWs) and mobile health (mHealth) technologies to strengthen the health system in rural Rwanda. Purity’s research is mainly focused on low-income settings and she is particularly interested in supporting initiatives that seek to reduce maternal and new-born mortality in these settings. Purity has recently published in the Development in Practice and Development Policy Review Journals. She recently contributed to the United Nations, 2016, Global Sustainable Development Report, Chapter 3 on “Perspectives of scientists on technology and the SDGs”. Purity is affiliated with the School of Nursing, Meru University of Science and Technology in Kenya.