I am currently an Associate Professor in Global Health based in the Center for Leadership in Health Systems at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Before joining the School, I worked at the international head offices of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency(ADRA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, as the Director for Health Programs. I led a team of public health experts in over 15 countries in implementing different health interventions in family planning and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, child survival and nutrition.
Prior to that I worked in my home country of Malawi as an obstetrician and gynecologist with special interest in women's health nationally and globally. As a result of this interest and my work in Malawi, I won a scholarship to study health policy and mangement as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the Emory Univesity Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta.
I have consulted internationally with USAID, DfID, the Global Fund and the World Bank in South Sudan, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Guyana, Nigeria, Libya and Uganda. At Loma Linda I teach several courses: 1. HPRO 567, Reproductive Health, 2. GLBH 516 HIV/AIDS: Implications to Public Health, 3. GLBH 550: Women in Development 4. GLBH 605 Seminar in Global Health 5. GLBH 607 Seminar in Global Maternal and Child Health
I was a Co-Principal investigator on a 5-year CDC/PEPFAR: "Supporting the Scale-up of High Quality Care in Treatment Programs in Malawi" in a consortium with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Johns Hopkins University of Malawi Research Center and the University of Malawi College of Medicine. I am Principal Investigator on a 2-year CDC/Public Health Evaluation study: "An Evaluation of Use of Dried Blood Spot Specimens for Viral Load Monitoring of Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi". These projects ended in July 2015.
1. I am the PI on a study titled: Preliminary evaluations of the accuracy, usability, and function of an automatic blood pressure monitor for use in the diagnosis and management of pre-eclampsia in low-resource hospitals
My co-PIs are: Drs Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden of Rice University. The study site is the Chatinkha Maternity Unity of the University of Malawi Teaching Hospital; the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.
2. PI on a study titled: Laboratory and pilot clinical assessment of the accuracy, usability, and function of a low-cost, low-power syringe pump in administering magnesium sulfate to pre-eclamptic women in a low-resource hospital. My co-PIs are: Drs Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden of Rice University. The study site is the Chatinkha Maternity Unity of the University of Malawi Teaching Hospital; the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.
3. Co-Investigator: Effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis during surgical evacuation of the uterus for miscarriage management in low income countries: a multinational randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. The PI is Professor Arri Coomarasamy of the University of Birmingham Women's Hospital in the UK.
4. Co-Investigator: Addressing herpesvirus-associated cancers through the UNC-Malawi Cancer Consortium: NIH/NCI U54CA190152. The PI is Dr Satish Gopal of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (See details above)
5. Co-Investigator: A randomized clinical trial on the effects of progestin-based contraception in the genital tracts of HIV-infected and uninfected women. The PI is Dr Jennifer Tang of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I have an appointment as senior lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Malawi College of Medicine.
I have been truly blessed in that I work in two countries that I love dearly; Malawi and the USA. Malawii opened opportunities for me to work globally and the USA, through Loma Linda University, has expanded that even further through funding opportunities that have allowed me to continue serving in my country of birth.