Sylvia Kama-Kieghe is an experienced and resourceful Community, Family and Primary Health Care Physician, General Practitioner, researcher and programmer with about 17 years of work experience in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She has proven expertise in the areas of Family, Women & Child Health, and in Mental Health Practice.
Especially in the past 4 years, she has developed a keen interest in health care quality improvement and patient safety but in particular improvement in hand hygiene as fundamental to infection control and in strengthening health systems. She has worked closely with teams in Nigeria and representatives of the African Partnership for Patients Safety (APPS) and the Ministry of Health in developing various hand hygiene programming interventions in health care adapting World Health Organisation Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy. She was also involved in promoting hand hygiene during the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014, highlighting the need to strengthen hand hygiene systems to prevent possible future disease epidemics in Nigeria especially with growing threat from climate disruptions and change.
Sylvia Kama-Kieghe believes that improvement in hand hygiene in primary, secondary and tertiary health care facilities can reduce preventable infections especially in mothers and children and reduce the disease burdens and mortality rates that are embarrassingly high in sub-Saharan Africa.
She holds various certificates, licences, memberships and fellowships notable among which are: Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health, UK; Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK; Member, Infection Prevention Society, UK; Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and gynaecologists, UK; Diploma, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, UK; and Postgraduate Diploma Mental Health Practice, UK
Sylvia Kama-Kieghe is interested in conducting comparative and local context specific research to generate local data to expose new and powerful insights to inform integrated policy implementation to address systemic barriers to Human Lifecycle, Health Care Quality improvement and Education programming - keys to success in the Sustainable Development Goal era.