Dr. Erick Yegon is a youth and SRH specialist with wide-ranging experience in research and M&E and has managed, designed, and led the implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems, conducting project evaluations evaluation and providing technical leadership for large scale adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs in Sub-Saharan Africa for over 15 years for multiple donors (Gates Foundation, USAID, DFID, and Anonymous)
Before joining ICRW, Erick worked with EngenderHealth as the Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor, East Africa Region. He led SRHR research to generate high-quality evidence to inform programming in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Malawi. In Ethiopia, he led a team to document and identify learnings, compiled legacy materials for a 15-year post abortion care project and made recommendations on the next phase’s technical focus. Dr. Yegon has served as a principal investigator and was the project director for evaluating a community-based mobile referral system to improve reproductive healthcare in Western Kenya. Given widespread mobile phone use and high unmet need for reproductive health care, designing a mobile referral system for community health volunteers provides a promising opportunity to improve reproductive health care access, particularly for stigmatized services such as abortion and contraception. The objectives of this study were to determine if this system was acceptable to users and enabled tracking of referrals from the community to the health facility
Dr. Yegon served as the Principal investigator for a Post Abortion Family Planning project in Tanzania. The study focused on Gaps in PAC availability and quality spanned multiple domains, including human resource capacity and availability of supplies and contraceptives. While PAC providers generally expressed commitment to providing high-quality care, several facility and systems factors constrained their efforts, including limited training and facility space, lack of time, and supply chain challenges and concluded that technical assistance approaches that blend training, clinical quality improvement, systems strengthening, and social interventions that address demand-side barriers are needed to ensure providers achieve their potential and can deliver high-quality PAC
Dr. Yegon oversaw research programs in East Africa, including day-to-day aspects of the process evaluation of Securing Women’s Reproductive Rights in Kenya Project, which aimed to increase the use of evidence-based prevention programs as well as providing technical assistance for the USAID global post abortion care project in Tanzania that adopted an implementation science approach to address barriers to access, as well as a post abortion care project in Tanzania and Ethiopia.