Blessings Kaunda-Khangamwa

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Blessings Kaunda-Khangamwa is a Research Scientist based at College of Medicine- Malaria Alert- Communicable Diseases Action Centre (MAC CDAC). She holds a Masters degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam-The Netherlands and Bachelors Degree in Social Science-Sociology from The University of Malawi, Chancellor College. Blessings has been working for College of Medicine for the past eight years. Her research interest includes working with various models of care to improve health outcomes among Malawians. Currently, her PhD research work borders around adolescent health. She intends to contribute to the design of health interventions and public health policies surrounding (non) communicable diseases in Malawi as directed at adolescents. My passion is to investigate how key young populations with chronic condition navigate their social terrain to improve their wellbeing. Her niche as a research scientist is in mixed methods research studies. She has a growing experience working in the areas of HIV, malaria, pneumonia, maternal and adolescent, sexual reproductive health, adolescent health as well as M and E projects. She has played key roles in proposal writing, facilitating qualitative methodology classes, research designs, development of study tools, field work, including qualitative data analysis using Nvivo software and report writing. She also has vast experience in leading mixed methods research, conducting research and working in consortiums. Blessings second interest is lecturing and facilitating mixed methodology classes under University of Malawi, College of Medicine. Blessings long term goals is to continue making a difference in research by contributing to theoretical, methodological debates as well as key interventions under public health programmes.