She is a Clinical Psychologist employed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by natural and man-made disasters. She has worked in a multi-cultural setting in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Anglophone Cameroon Mission Contexts providing MHPSS Managerial Support, Clinical Supervision to Mental Health staff and Emergency MHPS Case Management of refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of man-made and natural disasters. Additionally, she is able to articulate herself well in English, Kiswahili and French languages.
- Case Management & Clinical Supervision: in Psychotrauma, SGBV & other MH conditions
- Project Management: MHPSS Decentralized Medical Care (DMC) & Emergency Response Mental Health Projects inclusive of Capacity Building through MH Trainings
For her post-graduate study, Mwakio’s dissertation focused on the prevalence of antenatal depression and intimate partner violence against pregnant women; http://hdl.handle.net/11295/94884. She was awarded a study grant and Grant
proposal writing training by University of Washington, USA.
In 2015, she was a junior researcher & project manager at Dept. of Psychiatry, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi for a study that was looking into the effectiveness of psychotherapies in KNH and Mathari Referral Hospital in Nairobi.
She was part of a team that translated the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) Ages 4 – 16 from English into Kiswahili language for the University of Vermont, USA in 2015 – 2016.
In 2016 – 2017, Mwakio participated in a regional baseline evaluation study conducted by Makerere University, Uganda at the Kenya/Tanzania border; Cross Border – Health Initiative Partnership Project (CB-HIPP). The study objective was to evaluate the interventions at Taveta/Holili border aimed at reducing new HIV infections among Key Populations (KPs), formerly known as MARPs.