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First Advisor

Henry, Beverly W.

Second Advisor

Bucher, Sherri L.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Legacy Department

School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions


Over the past 30 years, there has been a significant increase in opportunities available for individuals living in high-income countries (HICs) to participate in programs that provide health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These global health engagements (GHEs) have become common in many LMICs around the world, including Kenya. Prior to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the research exploring individuals’ perspectives of GHEs were situated from the viewpoint of participants traveling from HICs to participate in global health programs. Few studies have examined perspectives of constituent groups in LMICs, such as healthcare professionals (i.e., healthcare workers, healthcare administrators). The objective of this study is to explore the perspectives of Kenyan healthcare workers and administrators regarding GHEs in Kenya related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary aim of this study is to examine how these healthcare professionals interpret experiences with GHEs and how these have influenced their professional experiences in providing care during an acute public health crisis in the subsequent recovery period. This qualitative study was conducted at the flagship hospital of a network of healthcare facilities in western Kenya, across three phases. Phase 1 consisted of in-depth interviews conducted with healthcare workers (n=5) and 5 healthcare administrators (n=5) to examine perspectives of GHEs. Phase 2 consisted of two nominal groups conducted with healthcare workers (n=5) and healthcare administrators (n=7) to identify priority areas for GHEs. Phase 3 consisted of in-depth interviews conducted with healthcare workers (n=3) and healthcare administrators (n=3) to explore potential implementation strategies for Phase 2 priority areas. Findings of this study provide greater insight into local perceptions of GHEs among Kenyan healthcare professionals and reveal potential strategies to reimagine global health activities in post-pandemic Kenya.


182 pages




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