Chimwemwe Kwanjo-Banda


I was born on 20th October, 1983, I am married and have two children. I am a nurse/midwife by profession. I obtained my first degree in Nursing from University of Malawi in 2006, and then in 2008 I got a University Certificate in Midwifery from the same university. Before joining the academia I had worked in government hospitals in the fields of mental health, maternal health and child health nursing. In 2012 I graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Cape Town in South Africa. In the same year, I joined the University of Malawi as a lecture in the medical and surgical nursing department at Kamuzu College of Nursing. In 2015, I graduated with a post-graduate diploma in health sciences education from University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Apart from student teaching, I am also involved in a research project called Mzake ndi Mzake. This is a community-based implementation model for HIV prevention and testing using peer education. The research project is a collaboration of researchers from University of Malawi and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study is funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, United States. In 2016, I was awarded a PhD fellowship by the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). This fellowship has been one of the biggest opportunities in my career path. Through this fellowship, I have gained advanced skills in research methods and writing. I have also been connected to a network of fellow PhD candidates from various institutions across Africa. Currently I am registered for PhD with the School of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. My research interest is in non-communicable diseases and the focus of my PhD is on diabetes self-management amongst Malawian patients. My aim is to be one of the leading researchers from Malawi, and contribute to finding of context specific measures of improving prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases in the country.

Personal, behavioural and environmental factors associated with self-management among diabetic patients attending Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital diabetes clinic in Malawi: a mixed methods study