Ireen Namakhoma, PhD

Appointment: Director, Research for Equity and Community Health (REACH) Trust, Malawi

Areas of interest: Tuberculosis, HIV, promoting equity in access to health services, community health systems, Applied Health Research

Background: Studied social sciences majoring in sociology at Chancellor College, University of Malawi before pursuing a PhD focusing on equity analysis of health services access.  Has worked with REACH Trust from 2001 and served in different positions including as a researcher, a senior researcher and a research manager. Ireen leads a team of multi-disciplinary researchers conducting research to promote equity in health. She has continued to foster a strong collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) on producing evidence that explores the potential of community health systems in reaching vulnerable and marginalized populations.