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2012 Awardee: Dr. Kamija Phiri

Dr. Kamija Phiri Named Winner of Third Annual Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award

Accordia Global Health Foundation is pleased to announce its 2012 Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award recipient: Dr. Kamija Phiri, Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the University of Malawi College of Medicine.

The award – created in 2010 in memory of Dr. Merle Sande, a founder of Accordia and renowned infectious disease specialist – recognizes the efforts of emerging African healthcare leaders who have contributed significant improvements to the health of their home communities and embody Dr. Sande's passion, intellectual drive, and spirit. 

Dr. Phiri is specifically honored for his outstanding work investigating new strategies to prevent malaria and severe anemia, one of malaria’s most common and devastating complications in children.

Despite the many control measures over the decades, malaria continues to be the leading cause of death for children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dr. Kamija Phiri, a clinical epidemiologist by training, was among the first group of Malawi-trained doctors to complete a doctorate of medicine in-country.

As the Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, Dr. Phiri harnesses his passion to ensure that sustainable research capacity is being built at one of Africa’s young but growing medical schools. He devotes most of his time to creating locally-relevant malaria prevention strategies. 

As an associate professor and honorary lecturer from the University of Liverpool, Dr. Phiri teaches undergraduate and postgraduate clinical epidemiology and mentors a number of young researchers in his program.

On hearing the news of the award, Dr. Phiri remarked “This award is an incredible honor not only to my parents, teachers and colleagues but to my country.” His family – wife Lorraine and two-year old daughter, Mandipa – remains his strongest pillar of strength and encouragement.

Dr. Phiri delivered a keynote address entitled, "The Hidden Danger for Children Recovering from Severe Malaria," at 4:30 p.m., April 19, at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Davis Hall in Kampala, Uganda.

Click here to download an abstract of Dr. Phiri's presentation.

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