Norman Lufesi CO, Mphil

Positions held: Program Manager, National ARI/ETAT Programme,   Malawi Ministry of Health, Lilongwe, Malawi.

Areas of interest: childhood pneumonia,Implementation/health systems research, child, neonatal and maternal health.

Background: After graduating with a diploma in clinical medicine from the Malawi College of Health Sciences, he started as a clinical officer in 1999 at Machinga district hospital in Malawi. In 2006, he obtained a Master of Philosophy in International Health from University of Oslo in Norway. From 2000, he added the programme management to clinical skills as he headed the district programme responsible for Acute Respiratory infections in children. In 2001, he was promoted to the Deputy National Programme Manager responsible for Acute Respiratory infections in children. In 2007, he was promoted to lead the acute respiratory infections control programme and scale up the Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment programme for children in Malawi.

Together with friends, he has worked towards the reduction of hospital based child mortality in Malawi. He has been involved in major policy formulation, capacity building for health workers, and liaising with donors and technical organizations with interest in child health and resource mobilization. He is leading the development of an integrated and effective referral health system for children with pneumonia and other childhood diseases in Malawi. He has been involved as a World Health Organisation consultant for improving the quality of paediatric care. He is involved in several studied in different capacities such as being an independent member of the Cooking and pneumonia study by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and being a co-investigator in several implementation studies in Malawi.