Welcome to TRUE.

A message from the director.

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TRUE is a Malawian research organisation collaborating with local and international partners to advance scientific knowledge in infectious diseases, malaria and nutrition while nurturing junior and senior scientists. 

Meet the Director

Prof. Kamija Phiri


We conduct internationally, regionally and locally excellent and relevant research to address the health and well-being of Malawians and we train the next generation of researchers by providing them with a robust research platform to develop and pursue a scientific career. Our research programs focus on Maternal Health and Wellbeing and Child Health and Development.


To be the leading research institution in Malawi and the region in the generation of out-of-the-box solutions for priority health challenges, both current and emerging.


To foster knowledge through innovative research, addressing local and global health challenges and ensuring a sustainable critical mass of innovative research scientists. 


Our Departments at Training Research Unit of Excellence

Clinical Research Sites


AIDA An integrated database for early child development in MalawiStart and End dates: 2019 to 2021 Source of Funding: UK Economic and Social Research Council ($63,000)This is a project where we are using a holistic, unified, approach to data acquisition of key factors...


BICO Impact of socio-biological risk factors on infant development in low-income countries - foundations for a large-scale longitudinal population study in Malawi Start and End dates: 2019 to 2021 Source of Funding: United Kingdom Research Institute (UKRI) ($187,000)...


EDCTP CDF Efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of artemether lumefantrine for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in HIV infected Malawian children on antiretroviral treatment Start and End dates: 2020 to 2023 Source of Funding: European and...


CHEMCHA  Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine for the Chemoprevention of Malaria in Children with Sickle Cell Anaemia in eastern and southern AfricaStart and End dates: 2019 to 2023 Source of Funding: Norwegian Research Council ($1.8million)This is an individual...


PMC Malaria Chemoprevention for the post-discharge management of severe anaemia in children in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya: Moving towards policyStart and End dates: 2014 to 2019 Source of Funding: The Research Council of Norway ($5.3 million)This project aimed at...


MMP Majete Malaria Integrated Control ProjectStart and End dates:  2014 to 2019 Source of Funding: Dioraphte Foundation ($5.6 million)This was a community-based operational research study aiming at reducing the prevalence and incidence of malaria through...


SASHA Iron bioavailability from biofortified Irish potato and orange-fleshed sweet potatoStart and End dates: 2018 to 2019 Source of Funding: International Potato Centre (CIP) ($78,000)This was an open-label, randomized, cross-over, multiple meal study in women with...


BIBS Iron bioavailability from fortified cereals in Malawian infantsStart and End dates: 2018 to 2019 Source of Funding: Nestle, France ($91,000)This was a single-blind randomized controlled cross-over trial investigating the impact of higher legume and whole grain...


IRMA Benefits and safety of Iron supplementation with Malaria chemoprevention to children in Malawi (IRMA) – A randomised controlled trialStart and End dates: 2018 to 2023 Source of Funding: Australian National Health and Medical Research Council ($1.8 million)This is...

Research Team

Team Leads

Dr. Lucinda Manda-Taylor

Dr. Lucinda Manda-Taylor

Health Social Science

Dr Martin N. Mwangi

Dr Martin N. Mwangi


Dr. Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe

Dr. Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe


Dr. Robert McCann

Dr. Robert McCann

Team Lead – BOVA




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