Ms. Thokozile Mashaah (Administrator)

Ms. Thokozile Mashaah is the Deputy Director/ Grants Administrator for the Research Support Centre (RSC) at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the RSC and has supported the pre-award and post-award process. Through her work, she has trained faculty and administrators in grant writing and management.

Prof. Midion Chidzonga (Advisor)

Prof. Chidzonga a specialist and Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, former Dean of the then University of Zimbabwe College of Medicine and Health Sciences (11 years). Prof. Chidzonga was involved in several NIH-funded research projects: clinical, health professions education, and health research capacity building and well-published in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Health journals. Prof.

Ms. Takudzwa J Mtisi (Project Coordinator/Manager)

Ms. Takudzwa is a Medical Research Scientist with more than ten years experience in laboratory diagnostics, quality systems management, medical research, project management and coordination with cumulative expertise in setting up organisational systems and operational procedures. Her work has transitioned through fulltime clinical laboratory practice, research and implementation science, culminating in my role as Project Coordinator within the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). Ms.

Dr. Pamela Gorejena-Chidawanyika (Clinician)

Dr. Chidawanyika is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and has the background knowledge and expertise to be involved in this proposed program. Her first encounter with doing research was as a medical officer in the Microbicides Trial Network studies (MTN 003,003B, 016, and 017). She was involved in the write up, recruitment and follow up of participants recruited in a major study.

Dr. Ian Machingura (Co-Investigator)

Dr. Machingura is a Senior Lecturer and current Chairman in the Department of Laboratory Diagnostic and Investigative Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. He teaches Clinical Biochemistry, his research interest is in Non-communicable diseases and Health Systems Strengthening. He is a founding member and current Chairman of the PublicHealth.Africa and Africa Consortium on Laboratory Systems Strengthening.

Dr. Quetoline Gwendoline Kandawasvika (Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr. Kandawasvika (MD, PhD), is the Coordinator of the Paediatrics and Child Health program in the Child and Adolescent Health Unit , University of Zimbabwe, where she has taught and conducted research for the past 16 years. She is a paediatrician with research interests in, Sickle cell disease, paediatric HIV, nutrition, neurology, non-communicable diseases and climate change.

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.