Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU)

Over the last 30 years, the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU), formerly known as Karonga Prevention Study, has 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.