University of Malawi
Institution: University of Malawi
Area of Research: Sexual and Reproductive health service use and resilience among adolescents attending hospital teen clubs in Blantyre urban, Malawi
Blessings is an upcoming Research Scientist. She has a background in social sciences and holds a PhD in Public and Population Health (The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa), a MSc in Medical Anthropology (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and a BSoc in Sociology with a Public Administration minor (Chancellor College, University of Malawi). Blessings is a recipient of three and more fellowships in her academic and research career such as the: CARTA PhD fellowship, 2017-2020, Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative (HRCSI)- 2010-2011 and the Government of Malawi, scholarship from 2002-2006. She has served under the University of Malawi-College of Medicine since 2007, in different capacities as an honorary lecturer, social scientist, research scientist, supervisor, programme manager and coordinator. Currently, Blessings works as a Research Fellow for Malaria Alert-Communicable Disease Action Centre and lectures on a part-time basis under the University of Malawi, College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. Blessings has lectured, facilitated postgraduate and undergraduate courses including handling supervisory roles under the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Department of Health systems and management and The University of Witwatersrand. She has growing experience in the areas of adolescents’ health and wellbeing, HIV, malaria, maternal and child health, advocacy, SRH and M&E. Blessings is especially passionate about adolescent health, focusing on underlying factors for (non) protective health behaviours, SRH, service use experiences, and processes that foster ALHIV to do well despite adversity. Her PhD, on “Sexual and reproductive health (SRH), service use and resilience among adolescents living with HIV and attending hospital teen clubs in urban Blantyre, Malawi.” She hopes to continue researching and working with children, young people in contexts of development, (non) communicable diseases in Africa and elsewhere, advocating for better health service provision and wellbeing.