Charity Ndwiga is a Program Officer III at the Population Council's Kenya office in the Reproductive and Maternal Health program. Ndwiga is an experienced midwife with 22 years' experience in implementation of RMNCH programs and over 10 years’ experience in public health research and qualitative data analysis. She focuses on the provision of programmatic and technical support to a variety of RMNCH research activities that generate evidence for improved understanding of critical maternal health issues, addressing barriers to access, quality of MNH services and strengthening MNCH service delivery.
Working with others on the Heshima project, Ndwiga developed and tested interventions to promote dignified maternity care during facility-based childbirth. She co-led the execution of studies for the Ending Eclampsia project in Kenya and Barriers to Fistula Treatment project in Uganda. Ndwiga works closely with teams in Nairobi as well as the global MNH team, and together, they revised the second and third edition of the Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus Tool Kit. She currently coordinates one of the Breakthrough RESEARCH implementation research studies in Kenya that seeks to improve the experience of care for sick infants 0 to 2 years old and their parents during hospitalization. She is also a Co- PI in the Urban Health study that aims to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes for vulnerable populations in informal settlements of Nairobi.
Before joining the Population Council, Ndwiga worked at Division of Reproductive Health, where she is credited with initiating the Focused Antenatal Care and Malaria in Pregnancy program in Kenya. Both in Divisions of Reproductive Health and Malaria Control, with the support of WHO, Ndwiga and colleagues developed and pre-tested the Malaria in Pregnancy indicators that were adapted within Sub-Saharan Africa. Ndwiga has experience in conceptualization of research intervention designs and in working with partners and Ministries of Health at the national and subnational level.
Ndwiga has published over 26 peer reviewed research articles, 4 of them as first author, and she was first author of the Respectful Maternal Care Resource Package.
Ndwiga holds both a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Dundee, United Kingdom and a Diploma in Midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College Nairobi. She also holds a Masters in Public Health, Health Policy and Planning and Health Services Administration and Evaluation from the University of Nairobi.