James Chirombo, awarded climate change and health fellowship with Dignitas International

James ChiromboJames Chirombo, a PhD student in spatial statistics at Lancaster University and member of the malaria epidemiology group was recently awarded a 6-month climate change and health fellowship at Dignitas International (DI) in Zomba. 


James, whose PhD work includes statistical modelling of climate interactions with diseases such as malaria, will be conducting a feasibility study for DI to explore the relationship between climate change and health and inform the design of a future pilot initiative in climate change and health.


The broad aim of the study is to find the role that DI can play in supporting health systems in Malawi in building climate change and health preparedness capacity and health systems with increased climate resiliency. As well as potentially generating postdoctoral research opportunities for James, the project links well to strategic interests within the malaria epidemiology group and offers an excellent opportunity to explore a potential partnership in this area between DI and MLW.

James said “In collaboration with the international research institute (IRI), I am modelling the relationship between climate and malaria to produce risk maps. The goal is to provide tools for decision making in the control of climate-sensitive diseases”


Malaria Group Members Attend LINK Project

Dr. Anja Terlouw, Alinane Munyenyembe, Chris Jones and Chimwemwe Ligomba, members of the malaria group at MLW, recently attended the Annual Malaria Review Conference that took place in Lilongwe at the Riverside Hotel on the 13th and 14th of February 2018.

The Conference was hosted by the Malawi National Malaria Control Program (NMCP). The aim of the conference was to disseminate the new malaria strategic plan for 2017 - 2022 to all NMCP partners and stakeholders and to review activities of the previous year. Part of the conference agenda was the introduction of the LINK Project which Dr Anja Terlouw is the principal investigator for MLW.

LINK is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program (KWTRP). The main aim of this project is to strengthen the use of malaria data for decision making in Malawi. The project will assemble and present data in the form of a comprehensive epidemiological profile. Through the production of this profile in combination with strategic engagement with the Malawi national malaria programme, LINK will support the Malawi ministry of health to use local data to target resources for malaria control and prevention where they are most needed.


Malaria Group’s James Chirombo to Attend IDM’S 6th Symposium

James Chirombo, a PhD student in the malaria group will attend the Institute for Disease Modelling (IDM) 6th annual disease modelling symposium to be held from 16-18 April 2018 in Seattle, Washington, USA. James will present part of his PhD work on the spatio-temporal modelling of malaria incidence and climate interactions in Malawi.


As an institute, IDM focuses on the development of mathematical and statistical modelling tools to support disease eradication programmes and other global health endeavours. This year’s symposium theme is software accelerating research. Many of the talks will focus on various software modelling tools and algorithms which can help address difficult epidemiological questions.