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Ms. Deborah Nyirenda – Membership Co-ordinator
Ms. Deborah Nyirenda is a PhD fellow from the University of Liverpool and University of Malawi-College of Medicine joint PhD Program. Her doctoral research is funded by a Scholarship award from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the purpose, relevance and benefits of community engagement in health research. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, which was funded by a Scholarship award from the Commonwealth. Previously, she took the lead on qualitative studies exploring health seeking behaviour in response to Acute Bacterial Meningitis; an assessment of a triage intervention in primary health centres; and an evaluation of a public engagement radio programme.
Ms. Nyirenda has 10 years’ experience in community development and mixed methods research having worked for International Institutions such as the World Relief Malawi and Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust. Her career goal is to strengthen academic research within the fields of community engagement, bioethics and social science and the development of evidence based interventions to improve the practice of ethical research in Malawi.