Joy Wanja

Joy Wanja

Communication Specialist at UNICEF


Joy Wanja Muraya, Health journalist, Communications Specialist


  • Bachelor of Education Arts( English Linguistics and Literature)
  • Masters of Public Health (Moi University)
  • Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture( Kenyatta University)
  • Certificate in Japanese Language and Culture( Kenyatta University)
  • Certificate in Sign Language (Kenya Sign Language Research Project)


  • Communications Specialist-UNICEF Kenya
  • Health and Medicine Editor, The Conversation Africa
  • Senior Reporter Science and Health Standard Newspaper
  • Writer, Science and Health Senior Reporter Daily Nation, Nation Media Group
  • Board Member, Kenya Haemophilia Association
  • Wife and mother of two daughters

Notable Achievements

  • My media work has won 17 awards in the last ten years
  • Highest watched video at 6.3 million of home delivery in rural Kenya
  • Witnessed heart operation, kidney transplant, cesarean section and postmortem
  • Fellow, Global Maternal and Newborn Health Journalism Scholarship Interviewed health philanthropist Melinda Gates
  • Interviewed Mauritius President, also a scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
  • Interviewed current WHO Afro boss Dr Moeti
  • Interviewed 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology for Medicine Tim Hunt.
  • Fellow ,Africa Media Initiative as The African Story Challenge
  • Presented Masters Thesis at University of Oregon in USA and National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
  • Interviewed Prof Thumbi working on the HIV Vaccine in South Africa
  • Health journalism trainer in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.
  • Covered US President Barack Obama

  What has enabled you to stay at the top

  • Drawing a concise career path
  • Mentorship and Networking
  • Volunteering
  • Reading widely
  • Identifying opportunities and going for them
  • Understanding Family and friend network

 Advice to your younger self

  • Read more frequently