Dr. Patience Kuona (Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr. Kuona is a Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer in the Unit of Adolescent and Child Health at University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine (College of Health Sciences) where she has taught and researched for the past 11 years. Clinician with a passion for patient-centred care and has had a long-term interest in SCD care. Established the Harare SCD cohort at the SCD clinic at Parirenyatwa Teaching Hospital in 2018 recruiting over 115 children supported by the MEPI junior faculty program [D43TW010137]. She was an ICOHRTA/FIC/NIH research fellow in 2007-2008. She was awarded the Letten Foundation scholarship to complete her Doctorate in 2012-2015 at the University of Oslo. She was a scholar of the MEPI Junior Faculty award in 2016-2018. She was a co-investigator in the Better Health for the African Mother and Child (BHAMC) study , a cohort of 1050 mother-baby pairs where she performed various studies in malnutrition among HIV exposed and unexposed children.

Dr. Kuona is also an investigator in the UZ birth cohort study of perinatal HIV infection among 1,200 mother-baby pairs established in 2016. She acquired extensive outreach experience as the program lead of the “Lifesaving treatment of complicated severe acute malnutrition” project, a UNICEF-supported project on severe acute malnutrition implemented in 2019. Since 2016 she has served as a member of the National Health and Research Development Committee of the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe. She is a member of SIOP, the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe(PAZ), the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) Scientific committee and is in the National Validation Committee for elimination of maternal-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. She is currently completing a clinical fellowship in Paediatric haematology oncology at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital affiliated to the University of Witwatersrand (2020-2021) under the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme.