Dr. Pratap Kumar
Medical Doctor, Neuroscientist and Health Economist

Dr. Pratap Kumar is a medical doctor, neuroscientist and health economist.

He studied medicine in the Goa Medical College, India and practised in Goa and Bangalore both in rural healthcare settings as well as a resident doctor in neurology.

He obtained an MPhil in Neurophysiology from NIMHANS, India’s premier institution for neuroscience, where he published research on the interactions between sleep and seizure mechanisms.

Dr. Kumar obtained a PhD in Neuroinformatics from the Inst. of Neuroinformatics, University/ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and conducted postdoctoral research at the Free University in Berlin, Germany.

His doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the anatomical, physiological and molecular bases of communication between neurons in the somatosensory cortex.

He obtained an MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) from the London School of Economics and has worked as a health economist in the pharmaceutical industry.

Qualifications

MPhil in Neurophysiology from NIMHANS, India’s premier institution for neuroscience.

PhD in Neuroinformatics from the Inst. of Neuroinformatics, University/ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Postdoctoral research at the Free University in Berlin, Germany.

MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) from the London School of Economics.

He has received numerous awards, most recently the ‘Stars in Global Health’ award from Grand Challenges Canada. He also founded the Centre for Innovation, Research and Advisory Services – Health at the Inst. of Healthcare Management in Strathmore Business School.

He moved to Kenya in 2012 to found Health-E-Net, a social enterprise aiming to make remote consultations accessible to all patients and healthcare providers.

To contact Dr. Pratap, send an email to: pkumar@strathmore.edu

  1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health
  2. Health technology and AI
  3. Complex interventions and QI in Health
  1. Fry MW, Saidi S, Musa A, Kithyoma V, Kumar P (2020) “Even though I am alone, I feel that we are many” – An appreciative inquiry study of asynchronous, provider-to-provider teleconsultations in Turkana, Kenya. PLOS ONE 15(9): e0238806. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32931503/
  2. Nyikuri, M, Kumar, P, English, M, Jones, C. “I train and mentor, they take them”: A qualitative study of nurses’ perspectives of neonatal nursing expertise and its development in Kenyan hospitals. Nursing Open. 2020; 7: 711– 719. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32257258/
  3. Nyikuri M, Kumar P, Jones C, English M. “But you have to start somewhere….”: Nurses’ perceptions of what is required to provide quality neonatal care in selected hospitals, Kenya. Wellcome Open Res. 2020 Feb 17;4:195. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32587896/
  4. van Olmen J, Erwin E, García-Ulloa AC, Meessen B, Miranda JJ, Bobrow K, Iwelunmore J, Nwaozuru U, Obiezu Umeh C, Smith C, Harding C, Kumar P, Gonzales C, Hernández-Jiménez S, Yeates K. Implementation barriers for mHealth for non-communicable diseases management in low and middle income countries: a scoping review and field-based views from implementers. Wellcome Open Res. 2020 Apr 16;5:7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32399497/
  5. English M, Gathara D, Nzinga J, Kumar P, Were F, Warfa O, Tallam-Kimaiyo E, Nandili M, Obengo A, Abuya N, Jackson D, Brownie S, Molyneux S, Jones COH, Murphy GAV, McKnight J. Lessons from a Health Policy and Systems Research programme exploring the quality and coverage of newborn care in Kenya. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Jan 31;5(1):e001937. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32133169/
  6. Kleczka B, Kumar P, Njeru MK, Musiega A, Wekesa P, Rabut G, Marx M. Using rubber stamps and mobile phones to help understand and change antibiotic prescribing behaviour in private sector primary healthcare clinics in Kenya. BMJ Glob Health. 2019 Sep 29;4(5):e001422. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31637023/
  7. Kleczka B, Musiega A, Rabut G, Wekesa P, Mwaniki P, Marx M, Kumar P. Rubber stamp templates for improving clinical documentation: A paper-based, m-Health approach for quality improvement in low-resource settings. Int J Med Inform. 2018 Jun;114:121-129. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29107565/
  8. Kumar P, Paton C, Kirigia D. I’ve got 99 problems but a phone ain’t one: Electronic and mobile health in low and middle-income countries. Arch Dis Child. 2016 Oct;101(10):974-9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27296441/