Dr Makandwe Nyirenda from the Africa Centre for Health & Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa has been awarded the inaugural John C Caldwell Population, Health and Development Fellowship for African Researchers. Dr Nyirenda has recently completed his PhD from University of Southampton.
This first fellowship round attracted over 40 expressions of interest from researchers living throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) and Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI) at The Australian National University were very impressed with the high calibre of applicants.
The Fellowship is designed to:
- continue Prof Caldwell’s legacy of supporting research into the influences of social and economic change on families’ demographic and health decision making;
- support important research by African researchers; and
- raise awareness of African population and health research among NCEPH and ADSRI researchers; and
- build opportunities for further collaboration between African and NCEPH and ADSRI researchers in population, health and development.
Dr Nyirenda’s academic interests are around the health and well-being of older adults within the theme of population ageing in Africa and in particular non-communicable diseases and chronic health conditions in an ageing population in the context of a severe HIV epidemic. He has been involved in the two waves of the WHO Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE) Wellbeing of Older People Study (WOPS) and during the fellowship he plans to analyse mortality trends more closely with the aim of identifying interventions.
Dr Nyirenda plans to start his three month fellowship in mid-2015. He will divide his time between NCEPH and ADSRI. His academic host will be Professor Cate D’Este of NCEPH.