Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Malawi
Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University and 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 Kapanda is an Epidemiologist and Public Health Specialist who attained PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology through the Consortium of Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Fellowship in the Department of Public Health of the College of Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine of the University of Malawi. He has been supervised by Professor Adamson Sinjani Muula, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health of the University of Malawi College Of Medicine and Professor Chimaraoke Izugbara of the International Centre of Research on Women (ICRW), USA. Under the two supervisors he has authored, co-authored and reviewed articles in peer reviewed journals. He has previously served College of Medicine Research Programmes on HIV and STIs research in various positions. He also served Malawi Liverpool Welcome Clinical Research Programme another research affiliate of the College of Medicine as Research Scientist and Senior Research Project Manager under a healthcare evaluation project that assessed effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of newly introduced childhood vaccines (Rota and PCV) in Malawi. He later served as part time lecturer at College of Medicine in the departments of Health Systems and Policy and Public Health where he was housed for his PhD studies. He has passion to see to it that Malawi attains its desired goals in HIV and AIDS response through health systems support, research, HIV prevention and treatment programmes implementation in collaboration with different stakeholders. He is currently involved in local and international training of postgraduate students, faculty and other researchers in research methods, manuscript writing and proposal development in collaboration with Research and Training Consultancy International (RTCI) of Kenya under the sponsorship of the African Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) at College of Medicine.