Researcher to Discuss Malawian Community Health May 16

MILWAUKEE – A prominent researcher who works closely with a Milwaukee-based multinational public health partnership in Malawi is speaking Thursday, May 16, at 11 a.m.  at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, room 590. The school is located at 1240 N. 10th St.

Winford Masanjala is senior lecturer in economics at the Chancellor College, University of Malawi and Malawi’s Secretary of Energy. He works closely with the UWM/CARE SAGE 4 Health project, a partnership studying how a food security program can impact public health.

Masanjala, who will be discussing the role of caregivers in community-based systems for HIV management, is  a co-investigator on the UWM/CARE SAGE4 Health project. The project involves UWM researchers in public health and nursing, CARE Malawi, Malawian field scientists, and researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Pennsylvania.

In Malawi, 65 percent of the population lives in poverty, and HIV infects 11 percent of adults. The SAGE 4 Health project is investigating how sustainable agriculture, diversified crops and microfinance can improve people’s economic well-being and their health. Preliminary results, presented at the International AIDS conference and the American Public Health Association national conference last year, are promising, according to the researchers.

Masanjala’s talk is co-sponsored by the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, the UWM College of Nursing’s Center for Global Health Equity and CARE.

CONTACTS: Lance Weinhardt, professor of community and behavioral health promotion in the Zilber School of Public Health, weinhard@uwm.edu  or  Loren Galvao, senior scientist in the College of Nursing Center for Global Health Equity, lgalvao@uwm.edu.