Prof Kamija S. Phiri

Kamija Phiri, a professor in Clinical Epidemiology, is the Dean of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Malawi. He is an alumni of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and also the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK where he did his postgraduate studies. He is a recipient for several awards, with the most recent being the 2012 Merle A. Sandee Health Leadership award. Prof Phiri directs the Training & Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) affiliated to the University of Malawi with field sites in southern Malawi. He has carried a number of studies on iron and its link with infection including malaria in children and pregnant women. He is currently leading a multi-centre study (across Malawi, Kenya & Uganda) on the efficacy of intermittent preventive antimalarial therapy in the post-discharge management of children with severe anaemia. He has conducted a number of malaria drug efficacy studies and has a keen interest malaria and anemia control at population level. He has published widely including in the Lancet Infectious Diseases and the New England Journal of Medicine in the area of malaria and anaemia. He is a member of the Malawi National Malaria Advisory Board which advises Ministry of Health on all matters related to malaria control. He is an honorary lecturer with University of Liverpool and a visiting lecturer at the University of Zambia.