Dr Gertrude Kalanda-Chapotera
Senior Lecturer

Dr Gertrude Kalanda Chapotera is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Public Health Department at the university of Malawi College of Medicine (COM). She has vast work experience in public and donor partner institutions. Dr. Chapotera’s research interests are in adolescent health, infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on pre-pregnancy and antenatal interventions and in vaccine preventable diseases. She led on a EDCTP-funded grant to develop a clinical trial management and support infrastructure at the Research Support Centre of COM 2009 to 2012. Through this grant, she established the Clinical Trials Unit of the Research Support Centre at COM, with responsibilities in training, clinical trial monitoring and research support to faculty. She continues to facilitate research training courses. She has expertise in the conduct of clinical trials.

She is co-investigator on a clinical trial assessing safety and efficacy of artemisinin-based combination treatments for African pregnant women with malaria (PREGACT); and another clinical trial assessing dose justification and tolerability (ADJusT) of antimalarial drugs in young children. She is also collaborating a global early adolescent study (GEAS), which aims to explore gender norms and healthy sexuality among early adolescents of 11-13 years in disadvantaged urban settings. She has extensive public health through working in the Ministry of Health as well as World Health Organization.

She also has a passion for evidence-based health care and a member of a collaboration for evidence-based healthcare and public health in Africa (CEBHA+). She is a fellow on a leadership development programme supported by the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium for building African research leaders.

Available for Supervision: Yes

Dr Gertrude Kalanda-Chapotera


School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Private Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre, Malawi