Institution: College of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
Country of work: Malawi
What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?
I work with HIV clients and patients in a major public referral hostpial everyday and experience the impact the disease has on society. Malawi as a country has made great strides in controlling HIV. However, despite these strides, the country still experiences a high burden of HIV associated conditions and disabilities and these occur in patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). As such, it is important to look beyond current ART that only suppresses HIV, but to look for a lasting cure for the disease. I wouldlike to be involved in research that results in the development of the cure.
What is your current area of research?
Currently I am involved in research on HIV associated cryptococcal meningitis. I am a study doctor in the trial “High Dose AMBISOME on a Fluconazole Backbone for Cryptococcal Meningitis Induction Therapy in sub-Saharan Africa” and I am also involved in an economic evaluation sub-study within this trial. I am also involved in a study on intercurrent infections occurring in patients with HIV associated cryptococcal meningitis, and this is in the final stages of report writing.