Know Our Staff

Board of Directors

Prof. Kamija Phiri

Prof. Kamija Phiri

Executive Director

Natasha Nsamala

Natasha Nsamala

Director

Prof. Ken Maleta

Prof. Ken Maleta

Director

Prof. Victor Mwapasa

Prof. Victor Mwapasa

Director

Leadership Team

Dr. Mwayiwawo Madanitsa

Dr. Mwayiwawo Madanitsa

Deputy Director

Zainab Longwe

Zainab Longwe

Chief Operations Officer

Administration Team

Brains Nkhwazi

Brains Nkhwazi

Data Manager

McCider Katulukira

McCider Katulukira

Grants Manager

Research Team

Dr. Lucinda Manda-Taylor

Dr. Lucinda Manda-Taylor

Health Social Science

Dr Martin N. Mwangi

Dr Martin N. Mwangi

IRMA and REVAMP

Dr. Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe

Dr. Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe

CHEMCHA

Dr. Robert McCann

Dr. Robert McCann

Team Lead – BOVA

PhD Students

Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe

Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe

Dr. Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe is a Research Associate at the Training and research unit of Excellence (TRUE).  After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) from the University Of Medicine, College Of Medicine in 2010, she completed her medical internship at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital. Dr. Nkosi-Gondwe joined TRUE as a Sub-investigator and research physician in 2012. Over the years Dr. Nkosi-Gondwe has led a research team in several clinical studies investigation malaria interventions in pregnant women and children. Dr. Nkosi-Gondwe is currently a PhD student at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen in Norway. Her PhD research focuses on delivery of malaria chemoprevention to children who are recovering from severe malarial anaemia. Dr. Nkosi-Gondwe’s research interests include infectious diseases with focus on investigating effective, feasible and acceptable malaria control interventions in high riskpopulations particularly children.

Study: PMC

Glory Mzembe

Glory Mzembe

Glory Mzembe is an upcoming Clinical Epidemiologist with a strong passion in fighting poverty related diseases such as anaemia and malaria. She is a current CARTA PhD Fellow and her work is mainly focused on assessing the effectiveness of hospital-based anaemia interventions. She holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Malawi, College of Medicine.

Study: REVAMP

Steven Gowelo

Steven Gowelo

Medical Entomologist

Steve Gowelo completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College from 2005–2008 and 2013–2016 respectively. In 2017 he enrolled for a PhD in Entomology with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands. Steve’s PHD research examined the effects of larval source management on the environment and community participation in larval source management using a participatory approaches for malaria vector control. Steve is currently a post-doctoral fellow with the Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC) at the Malaria Alert Centre, Blantyre. His postdoctoral research focuses on studying the dynamics of African Human Trypanosomiasis (HAT = sleeping sickness) in northern Malawi.
Steve’s research career has revolved around the control of arthropod-borne diseases. His research focus has been investigating the prevalence of arboviruses in mosquito vectors of Malawi, mapping arboviral risk areas in the country and malaria control utilising community involvement and larval source management (LSM). More recently, his research focus has shifted to the control of HAT through targeting the vector, tsetse fly.
Links to publications:
Monicah Mburu

Monicah Mburu

Monicah Mburu is a medical entomologist/parasitologist with a profound interest in developing novel technologies for control of malaria and other neglected tropical diseases. Her PH. D. research focuses on the indoor and outdoor biting behaviour of malaria vectors and the potential risk factors that enhance malaria transmission in southern Malawi.

Link to publications: https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term= monicah+mburu 

Study: MMP

Tinashe Tizifa

Tinashe Tizifa

Tinashe Alinafe Tizifa is a medical doctor pursuing a PhD in clinical epidemiology. He is looking at malaria prevention with focus on measuring the burden of malaria and exploring community factors contributing to successful implementation of house improvement as a malaria control intervention in rural Malawi. His  interests is in public health, specifically in infectious diseases; he is keen on developing and implementing innovative preventive infectious disease measures

Study: MMP

Ernest Moya

Ernest Moya

Ernest Moya is a public health specialist interested in maternal and child health. Ernest’s PhD focuses on determining changes in haemoglobin level and iron indices in women who were anaemic during pregnancy and how anaemia in pregnancy affects maternal wellbeing and mother-child interaction after delivery.

Study: REVAMP

Tumaini Malenga

Tumaini Malenga

Tumaini Malenga is a Research and Policy Associate with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP). She supports AFIDEP projects related to public health and health policy linked with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Tumaini holds a Master of Science degree in International Development from the University of Bath (2010), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from Bellarmine University (2008). She is currently completing a PhD in Public Health from the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, under the Consortium for Advanced Training and Research in African (CARTA) fellowship programme.

As a CARTA fellow under TRUE she was part of the Majete Malaria Project (MMP), a multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary research project on malaria control in communities surrounding the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi. Her research under MMP involved identifying the motivators and deterrents of health behaviour change in rural communities with poor health systems. Her research areas of interest are health behavior, community engagement, social and behavior change communication as well as health systems and policy.

Tumaini was previously the Programme Manager for the Tropical Haematology Research Unit (THRU) at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, running clinical research trials on malaria (2012-2014)). She also was the Project Manager to the Joshua Orphan and Community Care organization (JOCC), managing community development projects in peri-urban Blantyre (2010-2012). She is now a member of the Board of Trustees for JOCC and a member of the Board of Directors for the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (MMHN).

 

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