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.

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.