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Ronald Mataya, MD
Associate Professor, School of Public Health
School of Public Health
Research & Grantsmanship    Funded Research Project (PI)
  • Supporting the Scale-up of High Quality HIV Care and Treatment Programs in Malawi through a Strengthened Laboratory Infrastructure: Funding Opportunity Number CDC-RFA-PS09-969 under the the US Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. This is a 5-year project which started in 2009. The CDC has given the project a 6-month no cost extension up to March 31, 2015. ( 10/2014 - 10/2015 )

    I am the Loma Linda PI for this projects which is implemented in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Malawi College of Medicine. We (Loma Linda) work with the Christian Health Association of Malawi hospitals in the southern region of the country to improve laboratory infrastructure and equipment as well as providing pre-service and in-service training for laboratory technicians. This project pays for 35% of my time and effort.

  • Validation of new technologies in the use of dry blood samples (DBS) for monitoring viral loads in patients on antiretroviral treatment in Malawi: CDC Public Health Evaluation Grant Number: 626110-3831. This pays for 25% of my time. ( 7/2014 - 6/2015 )
    This is a two year study; ending in March, 2015,  compares the use of dry blood samples obtaining by fingerstick and venous blood in measuring viral load in patients on antiretroviral treatment. The hypothesis being tested is this that since DBS are easier and cheaper to collect, store and transport, Malawi will be able to role out the use of DBS throughout the country.
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