Daisy Lafarge

Daisy Lafarge is a writer, artist and editor based in Edinburgh, and a PhD student at the University of Glasgow co-supervised by Creative Writing, Geography and Molecular Epidemiology. Daisy’s doctoral research involves working alongside an interdisciplinary veterinary research team in rural Northern Tanzania, focusing on zoonotic disease transmission.


Arts and Global Health Center

The Art and Global Health Center Africa fosters creative leadership and implements innovative arts-based, health orientated programmes that inspire and mobilise.

  • We believe in the transformative power of the arts to facilitate experiential learning, encourage cross-cultural understanding, foster empathy, and strengthen communities.

  • We believe that health care is a human right and that every human being is entitled to a healthy life.

  • We believe that society develops through the creativity of its members. Encouraging and supporting innovation and critical thinking across disciplines and fields is vital to solving problems.

  • We believe in the power of collaboration and ownership. Working in partnership is key to building sustainable programmes. We therefore work in support of the efforts and goals of the government of Malawi and across different social sectors: urban and rural, educated and non educated, minorities and mainstream, men and women, young and old.

For More Information: http://www.aghcafrica.org/

Ifakara Health Institute

The Ifakara Health Institute is a health research organization with offices in Ifakara, Dar es Salaam, Ikwiriri, Bagamoyo, and Mtwara, Tanzania. The institute conducts health-related research in a variety of areas, including malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)  is an independent, non-profit organisation, registered in Tanzania and led by Tanzanians. IHI conducts a wide range of health-related research, including biomedical and environmental studies, trials of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, health-systems research, and monitoring and evaluation. 

In 2015, IHI staff authored over 150 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals. IHI enjoys a close collaboration with centres of excellence in Switzerland, UK, Holland, USA and elsewhere.

The Institute depends on competitive research grants for more than 80% of its income, supplemented by core funding from the Governments of Tanzania, Switzerland, UK, Ireland and Norway. In 2010/11, IHI’s turnover reached over US$25m.

For more information: http://ihi.or.tz/


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. We have an annual research income of more than £124 million and are one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has more than 4,000 students and 1,300 staff working in over 100 countries — all with a collective purpose to improve health worldwide.

For More information: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. It was founded in 1451. Along with the University of Edinburgh, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century. It is currently a member of Universitas 21, the international network of research universities and the Russell Group. In the QS World University Rankings Glasgow climbed from 59th overall in 2011 to 54th in 2012,  then to 51st in 2013. As of 2015/16, the University had 19,230 undergraduate and 7,990 postgraduate students. 


For More Information: https://www.gla.ac.uk/

Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU)

Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU), formerly known as Karonga Prevention Study, has over the last 30 years made major contributions to the understanding and control of mycobacterial disease, HIV and other infectious diseases. MEIRU’s main focus from 1979 until 2012 was in Karonga District, northern Malawi. In 2012 MEIRU established an additional site in Lilongwe, and started a major programme of work on cardiovascular disease and diabetes both in Karonga and Lilongwe to complement its continuing research on infectious diseases.

MEIRU is a partnership between the Malawi College of Medicine, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Malawi Ministry of Health. Since 2016 the Programme has been led by Dr. Mia Crampin (Acting Director) with Professor Moffat Nyirenda (Visiting Professor and NCD Theme Lead, (MEIRU Director 2013-2016)), Professor Judith Glynn, Professor Basia Zaba (all LSHTM) and Dr. Charles Mwansambo, the Ministry of Health, Malawi.

Art House Africa

Art House Africa is an artistic initiative by SFA partner Elson Kambalu based in  Lilongwe, Malawi. It was established in 2005 with the purposes of serving as a hub for artists. The organization also works as an employment bureau for artists. The organization was founded after realizing that there is no formal structure of information channels among artists in Malawi.

Today, the company act as a resource centre where all artists plying their trade in Malawi visit to obtain different kinds of information related to their work. Some of the services provided by the organization include: organising art exhibitions, cultural events, advertising and promotion using drama, dance and music, interior and exterior designing and events management.

The organization contributes to the development of art in the country by increasing interaction between artists and their clients.

 Read more about Art House Africa here: https://elsonkambalu.wordpress.com/tag/art-house-africa/

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Otiyela Mtema

Otiyela Mtema is a Social Scientist for Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) , and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Culture and Bodies pilot project in Malawi. His duties include recruitment of community participants, and the steering of a narrative ethnography, and participatory action research, around understanding and intervening on NCD risk factors. Otiyela has an understanding of working with Malawian artists and artisans, from his time with the start-up art collective, Zaluso Arts. He also has 3 years’ experience working in research project teams, including the Chancellor College Legal Clinic, and more recently with the NGO, Integrated Health Initiative.

Otiyela completed a Bachelor of Social Science program at the University of Malawi’s main constituent institution, Chancellor College, majoring in Demography, and minoring in Economics.