Pauline Wambui Muhuhu

IHO Board Chairperson

Pauline Wambui Muhuhu is the executive secretary and founding member of the Kenya Nightingales Welfare Association (Kenyan Pioneer Nurses). She has extensive experience in human resources for health in public institutions and nongovernmental organizations in east and southern Africa.

As IntraHealth International’s best practices advisor, she led the identification, documentation, and dissemination of reproductive health best practices in Africa, worked with Muslim leaders to promote family planning using the Koran, and promoted responsible health behaviors among men through the Healthy Images of Man (HIM) campaign with male youth in Kenya and Tanzania.

As IntraHealth’s regional training officer and regional director, Pauline was instrumental in developing reproductive health and family planning services, training policy guidelines and standards, and service delivery and supervision systems in Eastern and Southern Africa region.

She oversaw the development of regional consultants and provided training and technical assistance in 19 African and Southeast Asian countries. She also spearheaded implementation of the mental health curriculum for the University of Nairobi’s nursing department.

Pauline was a member of the Ministry of Health Mental Health Board and helped develop the medical curriculum for the Moi University Medical School. She was a nurse educator at the Mombasa, Nyeri, and Thika Schools of Nursing, and a district nursing service administrator. She successfully led the pilot program for integrated rural health services in the Murang’a District at the onset of primary health care implementation in 1973.

Pauline has a master’s degree in mental health from Boston University and a diploma in advanced nursing from the University of Nairobi. She is a registered midwife (KMTC Nairobi) and a state registered nurse (Hackney Hospital London).