BSc. Accounting from Messiah College USA / MaSocSc. Health Services Management from University of Birmingham UK
Chris Book has served in this capacity since 2010. Prior to coming to Macha Research Trust, Chris was the Executive Director of a non-profit in the USA for twenty three years. He and his wife, Marlys, also served as missionaries in Zambia for three years from 1982-1985. Born to missionary parents in Zimbabwe, Chris is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in this capacity and culture. His responsibilities at MRT include giving supervisory oversight to Maintenance, Hospitality, IT, Accounts and Human Resources.
Dr. Phil Thuma
"Dr. Thuma was the founding director of the Macha Research Trust / Malaria Institute at Macha and now serves as Senior Scientific Advisor at MRT and is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He grew up in Zambia, completing his high school in Lusaka, then did his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Messiah College and his medical school at Temple University in the USA. He is a pediatrician trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and has worked at Macha Mission Hospital since 1976. He began research in malaria in 1988 and expanded to include TB and HIV research in the early 2000s.
Dr. Jennifer Stevenson
Dr. Stevenson is our resident medical entomologist who had been at MRT since 2013. She acquired her doctorate in 2008 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and is a Senior Research Associate with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. As Scientific Director, she oversees the activities in the Malaria Department and runs a number of entomological studies at Macha, including several projects evaluating novel control tools in our semi-field system, the only one available in Zambia. She has been working on malaria research projects in Zambia and Kenya for 10 years.
Fortune Ndambo is the Human Resource Coordinator for Macha Research Trust and handles/oversees a variety of human resource management function. He acts as a linkage between employer and employee relationship including guidance on hiring needs, recruiting candidates, screening applicants, conducting interviews and participating in the selection process. His training in social work and public administration has undoubtedly offered him a great acumen in dealing with administration and management related matters.
Majorie Hamahuwa is the Hospitality Manager at MRT , she has served since August 2008. she is Holds a Diploma in Office Management from Cambridge International College and currently pursuing a BA in Hospitality Management at LIUTEBM University ( Livingstone International University Of Tourism Excellence and Business Management). Her roles at MRT includes providing outstanding customer service , planning , organizing accommodation, catering and other hospitality services at MRT to make sure the guests feel at home
Nkumbula Moyo is the Study Coordinator for an HIV diagnostic study known as ‘Novel Screening of HIV Exposed Babies (NSEBA)’at Macha Research Trust .He holds an MSc in Epidemiology and BA degree from the University of Zambia. He has vast experience spanning over 15 years both in the public and non-governmental sectors which makes him well vested in the areas of data capture, analysis and study team leadership. His research interests include: HIV and TB diagnostics, health service delivery approaches and interventions, maternal and child health.
Japhet Matoba is a project Coordinator and Data Manager with the Macha Research Trust (MRT) and the Southern Africa International Centre of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) based in Choma, Southern Province, Zambia. In these roles Japhet supports the institution in coordinating projects such as the Malaria Hotspots project, a project which endeavors to identify ecological and demographic characteristics that perpetuate malaria transmission in low transmission settings and is responsible for ensuring data quality for the various projects at the institution. He has a Biological sciences background, experience in public health project coordination and Health systems strengthening. His passions are elimination of diseases of poverty such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria and implementation research for local sustainability. His work experience spans clinical research with the EDCTP funded ANRS clinical trial PROMISE PEP at the University teaching hospital, USAID|DELIVER Project and SCM and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, ‘the Spatial Repellents Study’, a collaboration between the National Malaria Control Centre, Notre Dame University and MRT both as a manager and project coordinator. He is an alumina of the 2018 Science of Eradication: Malaria (SoE) course, a leadership development course.
Joseph Mwaba Chirwa is the current project coordinator for the OVC Project. He grew up in the Copperbelt Provice and went to Chamboli High School in Kitwe , Where he obtaioned his Secondary School General Certificate in 2007. Thereafter , he went to The University Of Zambia in 2009 were is stadied Bachelor of Art in Development Studies and Economics. Upon completion of his B.A in 2013, he Studied a certificate in Planning , Monitoring and Evaluation . During his time at UNZA he was also trained in working with statistical software Packages such as SPSS, Stata, Epi-data and E-View for data analyis. He is a qualified Social Scientist with strong Research and Statistical background.