Christine Wanjiru

Email: wnjchr001 at myuct dot ac dot za

Biography

Wanjiru Mburu is a PhD student at the center of ICT4D at the University of Cape Town. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Densmore and Dr. Yaseen Joolay. She received her BSc degree from Moi University and MSc degree from the University of Cape Town, both in Computer Science. Wanjiru research interests include human computer interaction for development (HCI4D) and mobile health.

 

Research Interest

Mothers of infants born prematurely often suffer from depression, grief, and guilt, which are rooted in not giving birth to a healthy baby. These mothers rely heavily on health professionals to provide information and other forms of support. However, interventions to improve infant’s overall wellbeing often take precedence over educating and supporting mothers on specialized infant care. This research aims to understand how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be used to support mothers of preterm infants who are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as improve the communication between the staff at the NICUs and mothers. This research work will be carried out at Groote Schuur Hospital neonatal unit. We propose the braided approach to empower mothers of infants in NICU and plan to use co-design approach, to understand the challenges encountered by mothers of preterm infants and thereafter involve them mothers and NICU staff in the design and evaluation of the appropriate ICT intervention that will help mothers manage the stressors related to premature birth. The intervention may include but not limited to: health education for the mothers, rights education, mechanisms for remote "visits" and status updates and better communication channels with the caregivers

Publications

  • Mburu, C. et al. 2012. Ehealth advisory expert system for HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa. Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries, 7th International Conference on. (2012), 1–4. 
  • Mburu, C.L.H. 2013. Enhancing Home Base Care provided for HIV patients using an Advisory Expert System in Gugulethu Township.ICISA 2013 (Patayya, Thailand, 2013), 1–4.
  • Mburu, C. and Lee, H. 2012 Use of Advisory Expert System to Enhance Home-base Care Provided to HIV/AIDS Patients: A Case Study International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) annual symposium (2012).