Chikhwawa Initiative


The Chikhwawa Child Survival Initiative represents a developing multidisciplinary researchprogramme across high burden diseases to address the improvement of child survival.

Located in the Rift valley at an altitude of about 700 meters below Blantyre, Chikhwawa district has a very different, much warmer climate, with perennial, high and heterogeneous malaria transmission. Chikhwawa has one of the highest overall disease burdens, level of poverty and food dependency within Malawi. There are substantial health system challenges including areas that are hard to reach and that are susceptible to annual flooding.The main offices in Chikhwawa town are only 45 minutes away from the main MLW laboratory and the University of Malawi, College of Medicine (CoM).


Research Programmes

  • Monitoring and Evaluation methods – Sub-national tools for facility and community-level M&E of control progress; geospatial statistical methods, decision management systems; molecular epidemiology; entomology surveys.

  • Lung health / cook stove

  • Optimization of malaria case managementClinical trials and dose optimization studies, PKPD studies.

Theme Heads:

Anja Terlouw:  (scientific lead)
Chimwemwe Theu (Field site Coordinator)

Research Staff - Chikhwawa

Terlouw Anja | Nkhoma Standwell | Peter Diggle | Dr Kevin Mortimer | Jere Makahaza Tikhala | Desmod Nicola | Mwapasa Victor  | Dr Debora Haven | Dr Guguletu Mapulisa | Hodel Eva Maria | Chipeta Michael | Sesay Sanie