Kyololo O’Brien Munyao Awarded Moi University PhD Nursing Scholarship
By Anne Baker on Friday, September 9th, 2011
Congratulations to Mr. Kyololo O’Brien Munyao, the second recipient of the Moi University PhD Nursing Scholarship of $5,000. The Moi University PhD Scholarship Fund is made possible by the generosity of private donors and funding from the Shearwater Foundation. The fund was established by Gene Marsh, RN, PhD, an Encore Service Corps International volunteer in 2010, assigned to a project sponsored by Johnson and Johnson in partnership with Moi University to build capacity and strengthen Nursing in Africa.
Kyololo (AKA Brian) is a 33-year-old pediatric nurse and lecturer at the Moi University School of Nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Moi University in 2002 and worked in the pediatric and neonatal units of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for two years. In 2004 he joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing Sciences which was officially designated the Moi University School of Nursing in August 2011. Kyololo received his Masters in Nursing Science, in 2007 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he specialized in Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing and graduated with distinction. He has been teaching Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing at the undergraduate level as well as Masters level Neonatal Nursing. He also supervises Masters students in their thesis research.
Kyololo’s research interests are in developmental supportive care of preterm neonates and neonatal pain management. He is also interested in community-based control and management of childhood diseases. He annually participates in Moi University’s Community-based Education and Services Program by mentoring multidisciplinary students in community health assessment in rural Kenyan villages. He has undertaken research in collaboration with other nurses on client satisfaction as well as nurses’ perceptions of their work environment.
Kyololo will commence his four years of PhD studies in September 2011 at the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada. He intends to study the utilization of developmental supportive care strategies in the management of neonatal pain and will be mentored by Dr. Bonnie Stevens.
Kyololo’s educational goals are to expand his knowledge and competence in teaching, mentorship, and research. He plans to return to Kenya where he will continue his academic work with nurses and contribute to the leadership needs of the Kenyan nursing profession.
Kyololo will be leaving his family in Kenya, including his two toddler sons Brian and Bradley and their mother, Felice. Kyololo says that his sons are “the most beautiful boys any father can dream of.” He hopes they and their mother, will be able to join him eventually. Kyololo wishes to thank all of those individuals who helped make this scholarship possible.
Encore is currently recruiting for volunteers to start in 2012, including additional nurse educators at Moi University and other opportunities in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Through a Joint Project, NPCA is managing the day-to-day operations of Encore. Learn more and apply for Encore volunteer positions at www.encoreservicecorps.org