NIHR Grant Awardees 2022

We are delighted that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research function of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), is providing funding for Early Career Grants as part of RSTMH’s 2022 Early Career Grants Programme.

The NIHR is a major funder of high-quality research that directly addresses the diverse health needs of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), working in collaboration with other global health leaders. This research was funded using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research.

Please find the awardees announced so far below. We will be announcing more NIHR Early Career Grants in the coming weeks.

Abhinav Sinha - Gender dimensions of multimorbidity and its consequences among Lymphatic Filariasis patients  A mixed-method study in endemic areas of India 

Agnes Msoka - Prevention of Inappropriate Antimicrobial Use and Gender Considerations  A  Mixed Method Study in Manyara  Region Tanzania

Ahmed Aboushady - Epidemiological trends of antimicrobial resistance and Clusters of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Ghana

Aisha Kabir Turaki - Challenges of COVID-19 pandemic prevention: Gender and disability inequity issues in an urban community of Nigeria

Aishat Ghazali - Towards Improving Adherence to Diet Therapy/Recommendations in Osteoarthritis Patients at National Orthopaedic Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria  A case control study

Alain Favina - Affiliate stigma among caregivers and treatment outcomes among people with mental illness in Southwestern Uganda

Alfateresia Mwasangama - Prevalence of depression and assessment of psychological support offered to cervical cancer patients at Ocean Road Cancer Institute

Anab Issa - Self medication practices with antimalarial drugs and associated factors amond under-five children at the Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania. 

Anchal Thapa - Towards the achievement of universal health coverage in Nepal  An economic analysis and acceptability study of the use of drones to transport medical commodities in hard to reach areas of Nepal.

Andrew Kanyike - Prevalence and factors associated with diabetes mellitus and hypertension among people living with HIV at tertiary hospitals in Eastern Uganda.

Anthony Chirwa - Assessing the acceptability of controlled human infection model studies in HIV infected volunteers in Malawi. 

Arnold Tigaiza - Willingness to accept the RTS, S malaria vaccine and associated factors among caregivers of under-fives in informal settlements in Kampala, Uganda.

Asnakew Achaw - Quality of life of individuals with post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis in Northwestern Ethiopia .

Assen Kamwesigye - Qualitative study identifying the perspectives of health workers and potential clients on Post-partum Long Acting Reversible Contraception in Eastern Uganda.

Aswani Clevin - Variations of digito-palmar dermatoglyphic patterns among adults with type II diabetes mellitus in Kakamega County, Kenya.

Aziz Ul-Rahman - Sero-epidemiological, geographical and molecular investigations of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus among cattle and tick population in Southern Punjab, Pakistan.

Berhan Tassew Woldhanna - Cost and investment return of malaria control program in Western Ethiopia  a malaria hotspot area.

Bernard Raymond Kihumuro - Capacity and readiness of healthcare facilities to diagnose and manage Neglected Tropical Diseases in Eastern Uganda.

Bharath Kumar - Why are farmers in south India shifting from conventional ‘Green Revolution’ agriculture to natural farming? A mixed-methods study.

Bizuayehu Hailu - Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of farmers in rabies prevention in Awi zone, northwest Ethiopia to diminish the threat of zoonosis.

Blessing Uzairue - Operationalizing One-Health Concept in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance  Assessing and Analyzing WHO African Countries' One-Health Policy and implementation Plans.

Carolyne Nabasirye - Incidence and economic burden of human rabies in central Uganda.

Chanda Mwamba - Adolescent and Young Adults' Tuberculosis Care Cascade in Zambia  Policy, health system responsiveness and patient experiences.

Charles Etyang - Investigating the Knowledge and Practices of Village Health Teams regarding Rational use of Anti-malarial drugs in Uganda.

Charles Ndawula - Demystifying the aetiological role of livestock and blood-sucking-vectors in nodding syndrome  an onchocerciasis-associated epidemic affecting children in northern Uganda.

Chipo Malambo - Association between physical activity, fundamental movement skills, motor competency and cognitive functions in pre-school age children  Longitudinal study Zambia, Lusaka.

Christabel Phiri - Assessing the effectiveness of surveillance systems for  Neglected Tropical diseases in  two districts of Zambia. A cross sectional study.

Christiana Alex-Ojei - Examining urban women’s use of alternative healthcare providers for maternal needs in South-West Nigeria.

Chukwuebuka Ugwu - Co-creation of integrated disclosure inteRvention for chIldren living with HIV in NiGeria  (CARING Study)

Cosmos Yarfi - The structure, processes and outcomes of stroke rehabilitation in Ghana

Daniel Ehis Aigbonoga - Impact of short messaging service based interventions on medication adherence among patients at risk of stroke: A randomised controlled trial. 

Deborah Akinrinde - Effectiveness of school-based malaria case management on incidence of malaria, school attendance and education outcomes in selected schools in Nigeria.

Deekshanta Sitaula - Prevalence of adolescent obesity and its associated factors in rural Nepal: A cross sectional study.

Derrick Abila - The cancer care pathway of refugees hosted in Uganda and receiving care at the Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda.

Diana Nekitto Kesi - Over-the-counter prescribing practices of antibiotics for the management of urinary tract infections in retail drug outlets in Kampala district-Uganda.

Diana Kululanga - Implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Bundle for Hospitalised Children with Community Acquired Pneumonia in a Large Peadiatric Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi. 

Donald Romaric Yehouenou Tessi - Does climate change influence the spread of malaria disease in Benin? Evidence from ecological niche modelling to guide surveillance efforts

Doreen Ato Adera - Knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and perceived risk about COVID-19 vaccine in post-conflict Northern Uganda. 

Dorothy Gashuga - Post Discharge Surveillance of Postnatal Mothers to Determine the Prevalence of Surgical Site Infections after Caesarian Section at Kasangati Health Center IV, Wakiso District, in Uganda.

Douglas Damba - Post-Traumatic Effects of COVID 19 on Confirmed Prisoners Treated in Prison Emergency Treatment Unit in Maula Prison.

Duncan Kwaitana - Primary Healthcare Services for Elderly People with Progressive Multi-morbidity  Lessons from Malawi.

Edmund Yamba - Developing a user-relevant tool for malaria surveillance and forecasting in Ghana.

Edwin Ochomo - Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the implementation of HIV partner notification services in Kisumu County, Kenya. 

Elias Mwakilama - A qualitative analysis of dog-mediated human rabies dynamics in Malawi  The role of multiple interventions in disease control. 

Elizabeth Katana Babirye - Determinants of COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among special groups including pregnant/lactating women, elderly, and persons with chronic conditions Kampala district, Uganda.

Elizabeth Senkoro - Knowledge, perceptions and lived experiences of U=U among HIV serodifferent couples in Uganda and Tanzania: A qualitative study. 

Elonna Obak - Prevalence of alcohol misuse in patients diagnosed and who have family history of cardiovascular disease in Abuja Nigeria.

Endrias Woldesemayat - Lung function of tuberculosis patients after completion of treatment in Sidama, South Ethiopia.

Enjeh Fombo - Obesity among children and adolescents living with developmental and physical disabilities, in the Center Region of Cameroon. 

Esther Ilesanmi - Exploring Neglected Tropical Diseases Interventions in 5 Endemic communities in Nigeria: Where are we and the way forward.

Evelyne Baelvina Nyachwo - Prevalence of snakebites, prevention and health-seeking behavior among tea estate workers; A health belief model-based study in Kabarole district, Uganda.

Everlyne Morema - Integrating preconception care into the community strategy in Kisumu County of Kenya. 

Febronia Shirima -  Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding schistosomiasis infection and prevention among school-aged children in Mwanga District, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. 

Fortune Effiong - Assessment of the coverage, design and implementation challenges of Community Based Health Insurance Schemes (CBHIS) in 36 Nigerian communities.

Frank Ssebaggala - Transrectal sonographic patterns and associated factors among patients with symptoms of acute and chronic prostatitis at Mengo Hospital, Kampala.

George Kiwango - Improving Uptake of Mass Drug Administration for Lymphatic Filariasis in ‘End Game’ Sites in Tanzania Using Micronarrative Surveys.

Gislaine Mutatsineza - Exploring the Infection Prevention and Control Measures Taken by Traditional Healers in Rwanda.

Grace Namuyaba - Effects of Covid-19 on medical education in Uganda, A case of Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institution (ECUREI).

Gunchmaa Nyam - Knowledge and practices surrounding zoonotic disease among Mongolian herders.

Hailemichael Bizuneh Dadi - Enhancing skills of community health care extension workers and school teachers in early case detection of childhood Leprosy in Ethiopia.

Hassan Alaka - Knowledge, Attitude and Perception of Women on Female Genital Schistosomiasis in Rural Communities in Southwest Nigeria.

Henok Getachew - Intention to receive COVID-19 vaccine boosters among people with chronic disease in Ethiopia. Perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits, and barriers.

Henry Sematimba - Chest CT findings among patients with acute chest symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic at Mengo Hospital.

Herbert Agasi - Predicting major depressive disorder among adults living with HIV in Uganda: Machine learning approach. 

Hilbert Mendoza - Urban green spaces as a potential climate change adaptation strategy for hypertension. A case study in Uganda, a low-income country.

Hubert Amu - Improving community-level screening and treatment adherence among adults living with diabetes and hypertension co-morbidity in the last mile of Ghana.

Idris Ola - Mortality risk-stratification and treatment strategy based on comorbidity types among cervical cancer patients in Lagos, Nigeria.

Idris Otun - Targeting School-aged Children as Drivers of Malaria Vector Control Interventions in Endemic Rural Communities of South-West Nigeria.

Ifeoluwa George - Parasitological and entomological survey of onchocerciasis in some unmapped communities in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Innocent Kileo - Self-medication with antibiotics and associated factors among under-fives presenting with fever in Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania. 

Irene Ampomah - Traditional Medicine integration and Malaria Control in Ghana: Prospects and Challenges.

Isaac Oyekola - Social Support and Reliable Health Care Financing for the Vulnerable Elderly in Ibadan Southwest Nigeria.

Isaac Sekitoleko - Developing a Prediction model for diabetes using machine-learning methods  A case study in rural Uganda. 

Jackline Ngowi - The effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the burden and characteristics of hemorrhagic stroke in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.

Janet Tapkigen - Inter-relationships between climate change, food systems and noncommunicable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa.

John Freeman Ukende - Lived Experiences of Patients Undergoing Maintenance Hemodialysis at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi  A descriptive phenomenological study.

John Limited - Stakeholders' Perception on the effectiveness of engaging Faith-based organization in reaching men with HIV/AIDS testing and treatment services in Malawi.

Jonathan Mayito - Antibiotic resistance related mortality and disability-adjusted life years at select Uganda Regional Referral Hospitals.

Joseph Igbokwe - Assessing human behaviours as a risk factor for seasonal incidence of Lassa fever in a highly endemic locality within Nigeria.

Joseph Kirabira - Mental health challenges and health-related quality of life associated with HIV status disclosure among young adolescents in Uganda. 

Julius Lutalo - Factors influencing utilization of physiotherapy services among care givers/parents of children with cerebral palsy at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital.

Jumoke Fawole - Impact of cement pollution on malaria vector response to insecticides in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Kamal Ranabhat - Association between air pollution and cardiovascular diseases: A matched case-control study in Nepal. 

Kedir Geda - Assessment of the Barriers to Human Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis Availability and Accessibility in the Oromia Region, Ethiopia, 2022.

Khanh Phan - Clinical characteristics and outcome of sepsis in adult tetanus patients in Southern Vietnam.

Kibone Winnie - Improving mycetoma case-detection through training of community health workers in Northern Uganda.

Lazaaro Mujumbusi - Health education program to reduce persistent Schistosomiasis transmission in the rural fishing community of Bugoto landing site Mayuge District Uganda.

Lenia Sitoe - Perceptions and Practices on Sexual and Reproductive Health among Men with Physical, Visual and Hearing Disabilities in Maputo Province, Mozambique.

Lilian Tabwenda - Understanding the discontinuation of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis among key populations attending Kisenyi HCIV: A qualitative study approach in Kampala District. 

Lucy K Mandillah - Barriers to Implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Western Kenya.

Manfred Accrombessi - Impact of two dual-active ingredients long-lasting insecticidal nets on pregnancy outcomes in an area of pyrethroid-resistant vectors in southern Benin.

Marietou Khouma - Impact of gut microbiota modulation on the growth of children under 5 in Africa  a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Mary Kilapilo - HIV Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic  Focus Group Discussions with Stakeholders and People Living with HIV in Tanzania.

Megbaru Alemu Abate - Investigation of Scabies outbreak and community perception, attitude and practice towards it in war-torn areas of Ethiopia  Implication for mass drug administration.

Mekitew Shiferaw - Psychological burden and coping strategies among adolescents of parents with leprosy, podoconiosis, or lymphatic filariasis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Mengistu Tirore - Assessing the implementation of mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) intervention and involving healthcare practitioners at primary health care facilities in the Hadiya Zone to enhance mental health care -A task-sharing Approach.

Mercy Naftal - Prevalence and factors associated with long-term persistent symptoms among COVID-19 adult patients from KCMC Hospital in Northern Tanzania. 

Michael Alade - Integrated oral and general health care for children and adolescents with cancers at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Millicent Ofori Boateng - Adopting a health literacy lens to understand factors that influence early detection and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ghana.

Monde Mwamba - Patient perspective and experiences on facilitators and barriers to early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer in Zambia.

Monela Ntonifor - Factors Associated with Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Hesitancy among parents in the Buea Health District Cameroon.

Mtumbi Goma - Quality of life and treatment-related preferences  of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients in Zambia.

Mugiraneza Patrick - Evaluating Climate Change effects on Mental Health  A case study of smallholder farmers in rural Rwanda.

Muthoni Mwaura - Assessing the feasibility of a quantitative biosensor test for routine G6PD testing in Ethiopia: A qualitative study.

Mwamba Mwenge - The lived experiences of family caregivers for people with mental health comorbidities in Zambia during the COVID-19 pandemic: A phenomenological study.

Mwawule Wadulo Fredrick - Assessing access to anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic medications amongst people living with HIV in Soroti district, Eastern Uganda. 

Mwila Ng'andu - Effect of COVID-19 on sexual reproductive health services among adolescent girls and young women in Zambia: a retrospective observational study.

Mythily Vandana - Phenomenological description of the intersections and mental health impacts of leprosy and disabilities in rural Indian women.

Nafisat Dasola Jimoh - Towards Promoting Rational Use of Antibiotics  Understanding Antimicrobial Stewardship Practices in the Management of COVID-19 in 13 African Countries.

Nancy Kasongo - Clinical outcomes of Burns after Introduction of Burns Management Protocol at Two Main Treatment Hospitals in Lusaka, Zambia.

Nasasira Marble - Incidence and predictors of QTc prolongation among drug resistant Tuberculosis patients receiving bedaquiline based regimen in Uganda.

Natnael Shimelash - Podoconiosis and Mental Health in Rwanda: a three way comparative cross-sectional study .

N'dri Kouassi Kan Nestor - Emerging diseases, biodiversity conservation and problematic of infiltrators’ therapeutic itineraries of Classified forests in Côte d'Ivoire.

Negussie Boti - Caregiver Experiences for Patients with Neglected Tropical Diseases and Mental Illness Comorbidity in Southern Ethiopia.

Nicole Alberto - Policy analysis on drug-resistant tuberculosis in ASEAN member countries using a governance framework approach.

Ninsiima Lesley Rose - Prevalence of hypertension and associated risk factors in patients with Type 2 Diabetes in Private Health Facilities in Kampala, Uganda.

Obasanjo Bolarinwa - Assessing the prevalence and factors associated with the barrier in accessing sexual and reproductive health services among adolescents and young women during COVID-19 pandemic in three healthcare facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Olanrewaju Ibigbami - Effect of a mental health literacy program on school counsellors’ knowledge and attitude about adolescents with depression in Osun State.

Pamella Adongo - Community health-workers’ experiences, well-being, and challenges with working during the COVID-19 pandemic in the nomad-pastoral communities of Napak District, Uganda.

Paola Ines Kwawa Njotcho - Impact of Covid-19 on cancer treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review protocol.

Paul Tsaku - Assessment of the burden of caregivers and barrier to accessing healthcare for persons with physical disabilities and neglected tropical diseases.

Peace Ingabire - Assessing the level of knowledge of traditional healers on hypertension and their experiences and challenges in providing hypertension treatment.

Peter Ubuane - Pattern, Burden and Outcome of Respiratory Morbidities among Hospitalised Preterm Infants in Lagos, Nigeria  A Single-Centre Prospective Descriptive Study.

Phoebe Nabunya - Adherence to COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and management of related symptoms among schools in Wakiso district, Uganda post COVID-19 lockdown.

Pratishtha Singh - Identifying Institutional Policies and Processes to Reduce Stigma and Discrimination among Burn Patients in India.

Precious Azubuike - Mental Health Impacts and Lived Experiences of Buruli Ulcer on Adult Patients and Convalescents in Nigeria.

Preeti Maharjan - Youth Engagement in awareness of antibiotics use and antimicrobial resistance (YoE-AMR).

Pritish Baskaran - Empowering Community and Health Personnel at Low Resource Settings for Management of Heat-related Illnesses - A Mixed-Method Approach.

Priya Limbu - Care seeking pathway and cost incurred for diagnosis and management of diabetes and hypertension among tribal communities in Kokrajhar district, Assam, India  A mixed method study.

Rachel Faith Mirembe - Diphtheria-Pertussis and Tetanus (DPT) immunization completion among children below one year during the COVID-19 pandemic in the rural Obongi district, Uganda.

Rashidatu Kamara - DESTINY  Developing and Evaluating a Simple Tool to Identify Underserved People with MDR-TB for Enhanced Support.

Regina Ndagire - Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance: A mixed methods study among urban slum dwellers in Uganda.

Rhona Curthereen Bulya Muyise - knowledge on proper disposal of medication container waste and willngness to participate in a waste collection project in Kampala,Uganda.

Richmond Owusu - Health-related Quality of life of Patients living with HIV, Hypertension, and Diabetes in Ghana.

Rosemond Ekey - Assessing female genital schistosomiasis knowledge, attitude, practices and socioeconomic impact in schistosomiasis endemic communities in the Shai-Osudoku District of Ghana.

Rossanie Daudi - Assessing post-COVID-19 conditions in Malawi’s adult population.

Rudo Chingono - Co-design of a maternal mental health intervention for integration into primary health care in Zimbabwe.

Sandra Bushuyu - Perceptions and practices of communities towards scabies among children in Western Uganda, a case study of Hoima district.

Sandra Onakhinor - Improving access to praziquantel among out of school children and children in nomadic settlement within Osun State, Nigeria.

Sarah Jameel - Pharmacosurveillance for outbreak detection and awareness  AI driven model for PHCs.

Sarah Nalinya - Behavioural Activation therapy  by non-mental health specialists to diabetes patients co-morbid with depressive symptoms in Uganda.

Sheba Mary Pognaa Kunfah - The impact of COVID-19 on the health system responsiveness to the meningitis outbreak in the Upper West Region of Ghana.

Shem Ochieng - Cerebral Function and Neuro-Cognitive Profile of Children Living with HIV/AIDS.

Sifon Usang - Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Improving vaccination among People Living with HIV in Calabar, Southern Nigeria.

Swastika Shrestha - Intersectional psychosocial impact of Epilepsy: a gender lens approach.

Sylvester Adeyemi - Facility-based study of comorbid and multi-morbid non-communicable diseases among patients living with HIV infection in Nigeria.

Tatiana Marrufo - Assessing health inequalities due to climate change in Mozambique: a secondary analysis.

Tawakalitu Mogaji - Investigating the effectiveness of antenatal care program and factors associated with poor participation among pregnant women in Alimosho area of Lagos State, Nigeria.

Temitope Folashade Aroyewun-Olaleye - The use of psycho-education and counseling in tobacco prevention and cessation among Malaysian children and teenagers.

Tendai Kativhu - Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation on Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Practices in Southern Zimbabwe.

Tihut Wondemagine -  magnitude and predictors of Sexual Violence, its consequence Among Homeless woman In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2022: A mixed method study.

Veronica Wacu - Assessment of effects of home-based follow up care on hypertension control at Thika Level Five Hospital, Kiambu County, Kenya.

Victoria Etuk - Rates and determinants of COVID-19 vaccination uptake among people living with HIV in federal capital territory, Nigeria. 

Wala Kamchedzera - Exploring Healthcare Worker Preferences for Targeted Tuberculosis Interventions in Malawi.

Wepnyu Yembe Njamnshi - Investigating Neurocognitive Decline in Onchocerciasis and Epilepsy in Children in Cameroon - A pilot Study.

Winnie Agwang - Compliance with Infection Prevention and Control among community-based animal health workers and livestock farmers in Western and Central Uganda.

Yusuf Amuda - Risk of Zoonotic Pathogen Spillover at Human-Wildlife Nexus in a Biodiversity Hotspot in Ibarapa District, South-Western Nigeria:A Descriptive Study.