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Lester Kapanda

University of Malawi

Country: Malawi

Institution: University of Malawi

Area of Research: Exploring the potential drivers of demand and supply for transactional sex and sex work among Female Sex Workers and their clients in Malawi.


Lester has served research institutions of the University of Malawi under the College of Medicine for ten years. From 2003 to 2012, he served as a clinician, sub-investigator, and study project coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine Research Project, a joint clinical research project between the College of Medicine of the University of Malawi and the Johns Hopkins University – Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA in response to the huge burden of infectious diseases and other non-communicable diseases in Malawi. From January 2013, he joined the Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust Clinical research Program as a research scientist and senior project manager for a large Wellcome Trust funded program grant (VacSurv) where he was directly responsible for the running of several integrated observational case-control studies of vaccine effectiveness and a cohort study of vaccine cost-effectiveness.
As of 2014, he has been a part-time faculty member at the school of public health and family medicine, where he is currently pursuing his PhD studies.