Wanjiru is an ICT4D researcher who is passionate about using technology intervention to bridge healthcare digital divide in developing countries. She focuses on researching and designing new technological interventions that can help people in hard to reach areas access basic health care. She believes that mobile technologies hold promise for improving population health, but unless they are developed and tested with the users, the ultimate impact will be limited. She previously worked for a technology company in Kenya where she managed m-health projects that focused on improving maternal health care across Africa.
Wanjiru holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree both in Computer Science. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the center of ICT4D, University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on understanding how Information and Communication Technologies can be used to support mothers of hospitalized preterm infants as well as motivate human milk donation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is using co-design approach to explore how participants (NICU staff and mother of preterm infants) can be fully involved in the design process of a tool that can enhance communication between NICU staff and the mothers of preterm infants. Her research interests are mainly in human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D) and mobile health field.