Training and Research Unit of Excellence, University of Malawi
Kamija Phiri, is a professor in Clinical Epidemiology, and previously was the founding Dean of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Malawi. He has previously been the Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research for a number of years and contributed in the formulation of the Malawi National Health Research Agenda. He is an alumnus of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and also the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK where he did his postgraduate studies. He is a recipient for several awards, with the most recent being the 2012 Merle A. Sandee Health Leadership award. Prof Phiri directs the Training & Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) established in 2009 with field sites in Chikhwawa and Zomba districts in southern Malawi. His research interests are in the control of malaria in children and pregnant women. He is currently leading a multi-centre study (across Malawi, Kenya & Uganda) on the efficacy of intermittent preventive antimalarial therapy in the post-discharge management of children with severe anaemia. He has conducted a number of malaria drug efficacy studies and has a keen interest malaria control at population level. He is a member of the Malawi National Malaria Advisory Board which advises Ministry of Health on all matters related to malaria control. He is currently supported by a research team of postdocs and PhD students and is an honorary lecturer with University of Liverpool and a visiting lecturer at the University of Zambia.