Strategic Centre for Health Metrics & Evaluation (SCHEME) at the University of Zambia School of Public Health


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The Strategic Centre for Health Systems Metrics & Evaluations (SCHEME) at the University of Zambia, School of Public is also a registered non-governmental organization (academic society) based in Lusaka, Zambia.  SCHEME is composed of faculty and staff mainly from UNZA School of Public Health as well as from Associate Partners such as Harvest University, BU CGHD and the Centre for Family Health Research in Zambia (CFHRZ), as well as Zambian public health professionals and specialists, working together to carry out policy- and program-relevant applied research on critical issues of public health importance. SCHEME’s strategic  approaches include conducting evaluations of public health interventions to measure health outcomes, impact, and efficiency of public health services; conducting and supporting applied research on relevant health and development questions; strengthening the capacity of local scientists and trainees from local Universities as well as in affiliated programs from various Centers and Institutes so as to strengthen capacity to undertake applied research on health and development; and strengthening health services through collaboration with the Government of Zambia, international donors, and local partners.

SCHEME has technical expertise in research on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; malaria prevention and treatment; health economics; maternal, newborn, and child health; mental health; orphans and vulnerable children; and monitoring and evaluation of public health programs. The site has shared ties with Boston University, the Harvard Chan School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital for more than 15 years and currently leads a number of NIH funded initiatives including the Fogarty African Bioethics Consortium Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, an 18-month bioethics post-doctoral training program for scholars from Zambia, Uganda and Botswana to advance bioethics leadership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Site Director

Dr. Lawrence MwananyandaLawrence Mwananyanda, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Lawrence Mwananyanda is a clinician/scientist with a wealth of experience in conducting medical and public health research. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on multiple research project. His portfolio includes being the Director of the HIV Vaccines Trials Unit at the Botswana Harvard Partnership where he and colleagues worked on the first Phase 1 HIV vaccine trials to be conducted in Africa. His interest with HIV vaccines research continued with his stint at the Emory University under the Zambia HIV Research Project where they studied conformational changes of the HIV at infection in a cohort of discordant couples to aid in design of next generation HIV trial vaccines.

Site Mentors

Dr. GomaDr. Fastone Goma, Professor of Physiology and Cardiovascular Health, University of Zambia

Dr. Goma is an Associate Professor of Physiology and Cardiovascular Health at the University of Zambia School of Medicine. He has also studied International Public Health at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA and Tobacco Dependency Management at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Toronto, Canada. He is the Director for the Centre for Primary Care Research (CPCR) at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine which has been the secretariat for the Zambia Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (ZANOCODA). His main research interests include risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (Tobacco & Hypertension), Palliative Care, knowledge translation (KT) and human resources for health (HRH) within the health systems arena.

Dr. JacobsDr. Choolwe Jacobs, Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. Choolwe Nkwemu Jacobs is a Social Epidemiologist and public health specialist with a nursing background. I conduct research, lecture and supervise student’s research projects in the University of Zambia, School of Public Health at postgraduate level. I have expertise, leadership, training and research interest is in HIV/AIDs, bioethics, reproductive, maternal and newborn health, child health, adolescent health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and implementation research. I am competent on a range of teaching and research methodologies including implementation research, quantitative and qualitative methods/studies, case-control studies, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and household surveys.

Dr.; KilembeDr. William Kilembe, Project Director, Zambia HIV Research Project

Dr. Kilembe has worked at the Zambia Emory HIV Research Project (ZEHRP) now called Center for Family Health Research in Zambia (CFHRZ) since 2001 and currently serves as the Project Director in Lusaka. He is the Principal Investigator on an International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) study to recruit a cohort of high-risk women (HRW: female sex workers (FSW) and single mothers (SM)) for studies on incidence and risk factors for HIV and STI, acute HIV infection, and preparedness activities for HIV vaccine clinical trials. In addition, he managed NIH, IAVI, and CDC funded research and program activities with heterosexual cohabiting couples, including expansion of couples voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT) within Zambia, integration of CVCT into public health facility service delivery and followed prospective cohorts to study correlates of HIV transmission and pathogenesis in order to inform HIV vaccine development and prepare for HIV vaccine efficacy trials. Currently, he is the principal investigator for a Phase 2b HIV vaccine efficacy trial sponsored the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Janssen and Janssen (HVTN 705), into which their two Zambia research centers have enrolled 218 participants from the cohort of HRW. He is also the PI of other vaccine and therapeutic trials for HIV and COVID 19.

Dr. MicheloDr. Charles Michelo, Professor & Founding Dean, School of Public Health, University of Zambia

Dr. Charles Michelo (B.Sc. MBChB, MPH, MBA, PhD), Professor of Epidemiology and Founding Dean at School of Public Health, University of Zambia (UNZA). His research interest that started with focus on HIV surveillance systems has evolved to include medical education as well as wider aspect of health systems but concentrated in maternal & adolescent health, metabolic disorders, disparities, and community health systems. This is evidenced by his wide publication record in peer reviewed and high impact journals in these areas arising from several research grants he has led.