Dr. Elise van der Elst

Current Students

Past Students

Rita Mudza

Elise van der Elst (PhD, University of Amsterdam) is a sociobehavioural scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) – Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), based in Kilifi, Kenya, since 2003. Her current qualitative social research focuses on two main areas: implementation research of HIV care and prevention involving gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) and female sex workers (including PrEP provision and uptake, oral self-testing, and understanding acute HIV infection); and improving HIV service delivery for key populations. She collaborates with Ministry of Health and county health staff, producing new thinking, evidence and recommendations around strengthening key players’ involvement in health service delivery for key populations in Kenya. This takes forward her prior work and includes significant capacity strengthening elements.