Parent and Child Initiative - Kamuzu Central Hospital & Ministry of Health (PACHI), Malawi


Dr. Charles Mwansambo (MBChB, BSc, DCH, MRCP, FRCPCH-UK), MOMI project Principal Investigator, has been a hands-on hospital paediatrician at the busy 1000 bedded Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi with 213 paediatric beds handling general paediatrics, mainly infectious diseases. He is the Principal Investigator for MaiMwana research project and director of PACHI. He has recently been appointed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health.

Zione Dembo  (Msc Sexual and Reproductive health, Bsc in Nursing, University Certificate in Midwifery), Project coordinator for MOMI. Zione has technical experience in maternal, neonatal and child health services (MNCH) as a qualified nurse, midwife and sexual and reproductive health specialist with 8 years of  experience providing MNCH services in both clinical and community settings. Before joining PACHI , she  worked for Malawi ministry of health as a registered  midwife at Ntchisi district hospital. She also has research experience gained from working in on various HIV/ AIDS clinical trials and conducting various research consultancies as a MNCH consultant.

Abgail Kazembe (PhD) is the Head of Maternal and Child Health Department at the Kamuzu College of Nursing of the University of Malawi. She has taught midwifery both in class and in the clinical area at Certificate, Bachelors and Masters Levels. She is involved in a school-based HIV prevention programme for Malawian youth and was co-researcher in a comparative study on newborn survival funded by the Saving Newborn Lives of Save the Children USA. She is a senior maternal and neonatal health specialist responsible for project reviews and capacity building.

Rose Mazengera (MPH, B Sc Nursing) is a lecturer in Maternal and Child Health at the Kamuzu College of Nursing, at the University of Malawi. She is an maternal and neonatal health specialist responsible for the project supervision and for the mentoring and coaching of service providers.

Chrissie Bwazi (B Sc Nursing) is currently in training for an M-Sc in Midwifery. She is a research project coordinator and a nursing officer at the Ntchisi District Hospital. She is responsible for the day to day project implementation, for the project supervision and for the mentoring and coaching of service providers.

Angela Kadzakumanja (BA, MSW) is currently working with MOMI as a Research Counsultant to evaluate MOMI interventions in Malawi, Ntchisi district. Prior to joining the MOMI project, she worked as a research assistant with the community of health science unit (CHSU) Lilongwe, She worked as a data officer for 6 years with the University of North Carolina (UNC) project in Lilongwe on different clinical trial studies including a Breastfeeding and Nutrition study, PMTCT Program and the 'safeguard the family' project as acting monitoring and evaluation officer. She also has previous experience working as a consultant with the Center for public health, policy and research development as a field research supervisor, as a co-researcher with the UNC project on infant and young child feeding study and as a consultant with MaiKhanda in Ntchisi, conducting a baseline survey on maternal and neonatal health services in Ntchisi District.