Dejan Zurovac, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MD, University of Zagreb
PhD, The Open University

Dejan is an epidemiologist within Malaria Public Health Department at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 1997 he has been working in several African countries as medical doctor, health programme manager and researcher evaluating translation of malaria case-management policies into practice. His current research interest involves measuring operational effectiveness of the national malaria case-management policy at public health facilities in Kenya as well as evaluating impact of innovative interventions using mobile health interventions to improve routine malaria health service delivery. Specifically, Dejan is interested in looking at effects of SMS based interventions to improve health workers adherence to guidelines, patients’ adherence to medications and availability of commodities. The work is done in close collaboration with Kenyan MoH’s Division of Malaria Control (DOMC) resulting in improved capacities within the DOMC to perform monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, and operational research. Dejan is also affiliated to Center of Global Health and Development at Boston University and is member of several national and international advisory and technical working groups on malaria case management, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and operational research.

2017 University of Oxford: Excellence Award in recognition of exceptional performance
2016 University of Oxford: Excellence Award in recognition of exceptional performance
2014 University of Oxford: Excellence Award in recognition of exceptional performance
2010 James H Nakano citation award for publication on prevention and control
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  1. Steinhardt LC, Mathanga DP, Mwandama D, Nsona H, Moyo D, Gumbo A, Kobayashi M, Namuyinga R, Shah MP, Bauleni A, Troell P, Zurovac D, Rowe AK. The Effect of Text Message Reminders to Health Workers on Quality of Care for Malaria, Pneumonia, and Diarrhea in Malawi: A Cluster-Randomized, Controlled Trial. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 Feb; 100(2):460-469. PMID: 30628566.
  2. Kaunda-Khangamwa BN, Steinhardt LC, Rowe AK, Gumbo A, Moyo D, Nsona H, Troell P, Zurovac D, Mathanga D. The effect of mobile phone text message reminders on health workers' adherence to case management guidelines for malaria and other diseases in Malawi: lessons from qualitative data from a cluster-randomized trial. Malar J. 2018 Dec 19; 17(1):481. PMID: 30567603.
  3. Zurovac D, Machini B, Kiptui R, Memusi D, Amboko B, Kigen S, Njiri P, Waqo E. Monitoring health systems readiness and inpatient malaria case-management at Kenyan county hospitals. Malar J. 2018 May 29; 17(1):213. PMID: 29843717; DOI: 10.1186/s12936-018-2364-8;.
  4. Mfueni E, Devleesschauwer B, Rosas-Aguirre A, Van Malderen C, Brandt PT, Ogutu B, Snow RW, Tshilolo L, Zurovac D, Vanderelst D, Speybroeck N. True malaria prevalence in children under five: Bayesian estimation using data of malaria household surveys from three sub-Saharan countries. Malar J. 2018 Feb 05; 17(1):65. PMID: 29402268; DOI: 10.1186/s12936-018-2211-y;.
  5. Toda M, Zurovac D, Njeru I, Kareko D, Mwau M, Morita K. Health worker knowledge of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response standard case definitions: a cross-sectional survey at rural health facilities in Kenya. BMC Public Health. 2018 01 17; 18(1):146. PMID: 29343225; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5028-2;.
  6. Jones C, Talisuna AO, Snow RW, Zurovac D. "We were being treated like the Queen": understanding trial factors influencing high paediatric malaria treatment adherence in western Kenya. Malar J. 2018 01 05; 17(1):8. PMID: 29304798; DOI: 10.1186/s12936-017-2164-6;.
  7. Toda M, Njeru I, Zurovac D, Kareko D, O-Tipo S, Mwau M, Morita K. Understanding mSOS: A qualitative study examining the implementation of a text-messaging outbreak alert system in rural Kenya. PLoS One. 2017; 12(6):e0179408. PMID: 28628629; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179408;.
  8. Njoroge M, Zurovac D, Ogara EA, Chuma J, Kirigia D. Assessing the feasibility of eHealth and mHealth: a systematic review and analysis of initiatives implemented in Kenya. BMC Res Notes. 2017 Feb 10; 10(1):90. PMID: 28183341; DOI: 10.1186/s13104-017-2416-0;.
  9. Talisuna AO, Oburu A, Githinji S, Malinga J, Amboko B, Bejon P, Jones C, Snow RW, Zurovac D. Efficacy of text-message reminders on paediatric malaria treatment adherence and their post-treatment return to health facilities in Kenya: a randomized controlled trial. Malar J. 2017 01 25; 16(1):46. PMID: 28122622; DOI: 10.1186/s12936-017-1702-6;.
  10. Njoroge M, Zurovac D, Ogara EAA, Chuma J, Kirigia D. Potential and feasibility of e-Health approaches to promote health equity in the Kenyan health system: A systematic review of e-health initiatives in Kenya. BMC Research Notes. 2017; 10:90.
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Mobile Health Interventions
SMS Based Malaria Interventions
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