Garazi Zulaika is a public health epidemiologist and researcher who joined LSTM in January 2016. First working both as a Technical Officer on the Cups or Cash for Girls Trial and a full-time doctoral candidate, she provided technical and logistical support and helped implement the longitudinal randomised-controlled trial which looked at whether cash transfers or menstrual cup solutions could improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and schooling outcomes in a cohort of 4000+ adolescent schoolgirls (JGHT, PI: Phillips-Howard). During this time, she also researched how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted adolescent pregnancy and schooling amongst these girls whose schooling was interrupted by the pandemic. Garazi completed her doctorate on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in 2022.
Garazi lives and works full-time in Kisumu, Kenya, now as a postdoctoral research fellow. She works on the longitudinal follow-up of the CCG Trial, looking at girls' longer term wellbeing and life chances as they transition into adulthood. She also leads field research on a nested CACHe sub-study investigating how the vaginal microbiome of girls is impacted by sexual debut and by different menstrual products (NIH, PI: Mehta), and on a project investigating the mental health and wellbeing outcomes of girls who are out-of-school (MRC, PI: Phillips-Howard).
Throughout her time at LSTM Garazi has helped conduct numerous systematic reviews and has supervised related dissertation projects conducted by LSTM masters students. In addition to working on the sexual and reproductive health of young women and girls, Garazi has collaborated with LVCT Kenya on designing research studies documenting intimate partner violence; and has also focused attention on menstrual health research, first working on a menstrual health study funded through UNICEF-India exploring the menstrual needs of Indian schoolgirls and later supporting Grand Challenges Canada Innovators by helping develop menstrual health measurement frameworks. She continues to work on collaborative teams promoting menstrual health research priorities.
Previously in her career Garazi worked in Tete Province, Mozambique on child malnutrition and preventable blindness with Helen Keller International and later ran projects on the built environment and health in Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. Garazi studied Global Health and Biotechnology at Georgetown University and later obtained an MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health from Columbia University, New York.
Garazi is fluent in her native Basque, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Co-investigator: Measuring the medium-term impact of school-based interventions as girls transition into adulthood Medical Research Council.
Co-investigator: Menstrual Health and Hygiene Research Priorities, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.
Co-investigator: Menstrual and health solutions for out-of-school adolescent girls Medical Research Council.