Dr Mwayiwawo Madanitsa is the deputy director of the Training and Research unit of Excellence (TRUE). He is a post-doctoral research fellow with research interests in novel interventions for malaria monitoring and evaluation, accelerated malaria transmission reduction and control of malaria in pregnancy, whilst actively contributing to the development of young talent within the research group and developing as an independent multidisciplinary research leader. Through the research consortium collaboration between several institutions across 8 countries led by Professor Feiko ter Kuile of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Dr. Madanitsa currently leads an EDCTP and Joint Global Health Trials funded clinical trials evaluating new prevention strategies for malaria in pregnancy in HIV complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies.
Dr. Madanitsa is an alumnus of the Joint UoL-UNIMA PhD programme (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool and the College of Medicine, University of Malawi) from where he graduated with a PhD in Tropical Epidemiology. His doctoral work evaluated the efficacy of Intermittent Screening and Treatment for the control of malaria in pregnancy as an alternative strategy to Intermittent Preventative Therapy with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine in light of growing SP resistance.
Owing to his research expertise, Dr Madanitsa has actively contributed to health policy at both the global and local levels, having been appointed a member of the WHO Evidence Review Group on Intermittent Screening and Treatment (ISTp) and ACT Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy, as well as a member of the National Malaria Control Task Force under the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ministry of Health in Malawi.