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CARTA fellow elected Deputy Dean

CARTA Cohort 2 fellow Linda Nyondo Mipando has been elected Deputy Dean at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. She is a registered nurse-midwife by training and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Health Systems and Policy at the college.

CARTA Program Manager, Peter Ngure, congratulated Dr. Mipando for the feat. Another fellow, Lester Kapanda, cohort 5 fellow from the University of Malawi, congratulated Dr. Mipando on her new role and described her as “a mentor, a dedicated and hardworking lecturer.”

Kapanda added: “Dr. Mipando is the first female to attain this high position at our college and once again congratulations and keep up the good work!!”

Dr. Mipando’s research interests include, Health Systems and Implementation Science Research with a focus on service delivery. She is also keen on understanding HIV and AIDS across different populations, malaria and Maternal and Child Health.

She completed her PhD in health systems research from the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine in 2015, funded by a CARTA and the National Commission for Science and Technology. Her PhD research explored the feasibility of male involvement in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV services in Blantyre, Malawi. In 2004, she obtained a Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in South Africa with a thesis on client satisfaction with Primary Health Care Service in Lilongwe, Malawi. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Advanced Practice summa cum laude from the University of Natal Durban, South Africa in 2003. She completed her Nursing Diploma with a credit and a University certificate in Midwifery from the University of Malawi in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

In 2015, the CARTA graduate was one of 4 post doctorate fellows to received a 12 months bridging Post doctorate Fellowship by CARTA. She did her fellowship—September 2015 to August 2016—at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust in the malaria epidemiology Group. As part of her fellowship, she was part of a national taskforce to review the current malaria evidence to inform the 2016-2021 national malaria research agenda.

Written by Eunice Kilonzo, CARTA communications officer.

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