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Callie Daniels-Howell

Callie's thesis title is "Meaning-Making During Child Death: A Grounded Theory of the Good Death for Children in Kenya."

Her primary supervisor is Prof Audrey Prost.

To get in touch with Callie, please email her at c.daniels-howell.17@ucl.ac.uk.

About Callie

Callie joined the Institute for Global Health as an UCL Overseas Research Scholar in January 2021.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Science in Global Health and Development from the UCL Institute for Global Health, where her dissertation assessed the applicability of dominant conceptualisations of the good death for children in South Africa and the resulting impact on effective palliative care models. 

Prior to her PhD, Callie worked in the charity sector in direct service, program management, and monitoring and evaluation in Kenya, Ecuador, the United States, Greece, Italy, Senegal, and the Dominican Republic.

Callie previously also served as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Global Health, supporting qualitative analysis for a feasibility study of scalable programmes for early childhood development and nutrition in Uganda through The British Academy-led GCRF/ DFID-funded Early Childhood Development Programme.  

Thesis summary

This study builds from previous research in South Africa, which concluded that understanding death in individual contexts is necessary to care for dying children effectively.  End of life care for children in resource-limited settings is extremely limited, and research on effective care for dying children remains sparse.

As care develops in resource-limited settings, local understandings of child death and how it is survived remain unknown.  Experiencing child death can affect surviving caregivers’ health and wellbeing long-term, such that how a child dies determines how carers survive, making end of life care critical for the individual child and for population health as a whole. 

In partnership with the Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association, this research will take a critical grounded theory approach to expand the knowledge base for end of life care for children in resource-limited settings so as to provide holistic, culturally appropriate care for children and their caregivers that reduces suffering, fosters dignity, and facilitates long-term resilience.