As a research officer, Chantalle Okondo works with multidisciplinary teams across the Council on projects such as improving the quality of care for maternal, newborn, and child health services in Kenya hospitals and synthesizing evidence on the most effective interventions to reduce HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. She works on literature reviews, developing study tools, training field teams, and managing data collection. She supports teams with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis and writing and review of manuscripts and reports. She also supports research uptake activities by developing briefs and blogs, as well as planning and presenting in webinars and workshops to disseminate and share study findings with key stakeholders.
Okondo worked for the groundbreaking, multi-country Evidence to End FGM research program. Under the program, she was a co-investigator on three studies. The first study sought to understand the shifting norms and practices leading to change in FGM/C in Kenya. The second study examined how the health system has responded to FGM/C in West Pokot, Kenya. The third study was a scoping review to identify and assess instruments used to measure sexual health and well-being in women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting.