About Lilian Otiso

Lilian Otiso is the Director of Programs at LVCT Health, a large Kenyan NGO where she leads teams to implement HIV, gender based violence and community health programs reaching over 1 million individuals annually. She is a medical doctor with an MBA in Health Care Management with over 14 years’ clinical and programming experience in government and NGO sectors at senior management level. She is a fellow of the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa 2018 program. She is passionate about strengthening health systems for primary health care, involving the beneficiaries and communities in developing and implementing programs. Lilian is involved in conducting research on the above program areas and has served as the country principle investigator of REACHOUT study on strengthening community health systems for delivery of community services in Kenya. She is the country lead for the USAID SQALE ICH project that has successfully developed a quality improvement approach at community level. Lilian is a key member of the Ministry of Health community health technical working group where she has contributed to policy on universal health coverage, community health policy and investment case for CHW programs. She has contributed to various Kenyan and global WHO guidelines. She has been the co-chair of the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Community Health Workers which has been instrumental in promoting shared learning on CHWs among members from diverse backgrounds

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MBA in healthcare management
Strathmore Business School
March 2014 to June 2016
Nairobi, Kenya

MBChB Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
University of Nairobi
September 1999 to December 2004
Nairobi, Kenya


Director of Programs
LVCT Health
March 2015 to Present
Nairobi, Kenya
Deputy to the Executive Director. Providing leadership, direction, technical and managerial oversight to all programs, policy, research and monitoring and evaluation in LVCT Health. Involved in development of organization strategy and annual institutional work plans. Project and grant management and implementation of research and programs on HIV, GBV and community health. Undertaking policy advocacy work with Ministry of Health. Providing leadership for partnerships and proposal development, grant and finance management. Participation in board meetings, presenting program performance to the board.

Director of Services
LVCT Health
September 2010 to March 2015
Nairobi, Kenya
Responsible for overall design, management and performance of all service delivery programs including HIV, sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence and community health programs. Responsible for donor liaison, grant and financial management for grants. Undertaking proposal development and policy advocacy work with Ministry of Health

Care and Treatment Manager
LVCT Health
August 2008 to August 2010
Nairobi, Kenya
Responsible for the design and implementation of the HIV care and treatment, Provider Initiated Testing and Counselling (PITC), gender based violence and community health programs across all LVCT programs and in over 100 MOH facilities

Rapid results initiative (RRI) coordinator - Rift Valley Province
Ministry of Health
January 2007 to August 2008
Nakuru, Kenya
Responsibility for coordinating performance improvement for HIV, TB, maternal and child health and other health indicators across all 19 districts of the former Rift Valley Province. Worked with technical leads and NGOs to develop strategies for performance improvement, effective data collection and use.

Medical Officer in charge
Elburgon Hospital
January 2006 to December 2007
Nakuru, Kenya
Provision of clinical services. Running medical outpatient clinics. Management of the facility - human resource, finance and data management. Liaison with the Board and District Health Management team

Medical Officer intern
Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital
January 2005 to December 2005
Nakuru, Kenya
Rotation through wards and departments - Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Paediatrics


Priority setting for health in the context of devolution in Kenya: implications for health equity and community-based primary care, Health Policy and Planning, Volume 33, Issue 6, 1 July 2018, Pages 729–742
Authors: 2. McCollum R., Theobald S., Otiso L., Martineau T., Karuga R., Barasa E., Molyneux S. and Taegtmeyer M. , 2018
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

How do gender relations affect the working lives of close to community health service providers? Empirical research, a review and conceptual framework, Social Science & Medicine 209 (2018) 1-13
Authors: 3. Steege R., Taegtmeyer M., McCollum R., Hawkins K, Ormel H , Kok M. , Rashid S., Otiso L., Sidat M., Chikaphupha K., Datiko D., Ahmed R., Tolhurst R., Gomez W. and Theobald S. , 2018
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Decentralising and integrating HIV services in community based health systems: a qualitative study of perceptions at macro, meso and micro levels of the health system. BMJ Global Health 2017;2:e000107.doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000107
Authors: Otiso L., McCollum R, Mireku M, Karuga R., Koning K., Taegtmeyer M., 2017
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal