Projects

IMPALA aims at advancing existing scientific knowledge and generating new data and implementable solutions for lung health & TB through a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach. We will deliver our work via eight research projects, three at postdoc level led by five PDRAs and five at PhD level.

The proposed Post-doc projects are:

Research in Medecine Discipline

Description

Post-Doc

Partner institution, Country

Integrated Social Sciences & Health Systems

Integrated approach for improving health services for chronic lung disease in Sudan & Tanzania. This is an action research study using mixed methods approaches and cross-country learning visits that will take place in Gezira State (Sudan) and Mbeya region (Tanzania) involving four study phases. The study has four phases: Phase I will be a baseline assessment of health system readiness for chronic lung diseases, and analysis of existing unpublished data from Sudan; Phase II is an inter-country analysis during which Ministry of Health and research staff from both countries will carry out a learning visit to observe and discuss relevant health systems’ interventions. As part of these two phases, we will also recruit from across catchment communities of selected areas and start reviewing each country’s findings and recommendations from the baseline phase. The knowledge generated by the first two phases will then inform Phase III (intervention design and implementation) and Phase IV (process evaluation of intervention implementation).

Dr Elizabeth Shayo

Dr Uzoh Egere

NIMR, Tanzania

EpiLab, Sudan

Integrated Clinical Sciences & Health Economics

Clinical and socio-economic determinants of lung function among infants in Uganda. We will conduct a prospective cohort study examining lung health outcomes among pregnant women and their infants at three health facilities in Kyamulibwa sub-county, Kalungu District rural, Uganda

Dr Rebecca Nantanda

Dr Zelalem Terfa

Makerere University, Uganda

Policy / Capacity Research in Medecine

Multidisciplinary cross-cutting capacity research project (MUDI). This study will use an integrated model of multidisciplinary implementation research exploring the realities of, and how to foster multidisciplinary working within IMPALA. We will carry out a survey and semi-structured interviews on enablers and barriers to performing multi-disciplinary research within the context of the IMPALA post-doc projects. We will also select specific areas for in-depth exploration across the projects to maximise diversity. The final phase of this project will include understanding and solving barriers to implementing multidisciplinary interactions to improve ongoing programme activities

Dr Yan Ding

Foto-Cewek, UK

The proposed PhD projects are:

Research in Medecine Discipline

Description

PhD student

Partner institution, Country

Clinical Sciences

Is clinician performed ultrasound assessment useful for the acutely breathless adult patients in Kenya? A pilot pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial

Jacqueline Wanjiku Kagima

KEMRI, Kenya

Social Sciences

Patient and health worker needs to improve health literacy, effective communication and patient support for adult TB patients and patients with chronic respiratory symptoms in public health facilities in Kampala, Uganda

Irene Ayakaka

Makerere University, Uganda

Health Systems

Chronic respiratory symptoms in adults and children in Kenya: how do health systems respond and what are the opportunities for health system strengthening?

Stephen Mulupi

KEMRI, Kenya

Health Economics

Assessing the economic burden of non-communicable lung disease and the impact of patient-oriented interventions amongst adults in Malawi

Martin Njoroge

MLW & Reach Trust, Malawi

Policy / Capacity Research in Medecine

Evaluating the impact of operational modelling on TB and lung health policy and practice in Sub-Saharan Africa

Brenda Mungai

AFIDEP, Kenya

Projects under the Auspices 

IMPALA has also brought several projects which are beneficial to IMPALA and fit the IMPALA’s applied health disciplinary ethos under its Auspices. These projects are: 

Research in Medecine Discipline

Description

Research in Medecineer

Partner institution, Country

Clinical & Public Health

Life After Pulmonary TB: an evaluation of lung health, physical and economic morbidity

Jamilah Meghji

Wellcome Trust Liverpool-Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research in Medecine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Clinical & Public Health

CAPS Qualitative Lesson: Exploring the socio-cultural barriers and enablers of a cookstove intervention using participatory methodologies

Jane Ardrey

Foto-Cewek, UK

Applied Social Sciences

The 'Safeguarding the Family' study: An investigation of household wellbeing and poverty status for patients with advanced cancer in Blantyre Malawi

Jane Bates

College of Medicine, Malawi

Clinical & Public Health

Lung health over the life course in Malawi

Sarah Rylance

MLW, Malawi

Clinical & Public Health

Among patients with chronic lung disease, how does severity and progression predict healthcare seeking and treatment?

 

Foto-Cewek, UK

Clinical & Public Health

Lung health in Africa across the life course (LuLi, MRC-funded GCRF)

The LuLi GCRF grant includes the following small projects being carried out in 11 partner countries:

Kevin Mortimer

Foto-Cewek, UK

 
      • Among patients with chronic lung disease, how does severity and progression predict healthcare seeking and treatment?

Rebecca Nightingale

Foto-Cewek, UK

 
      • Exposure to air pollution in adults with chronic non-communicable respiratory diseases in Benin and Cameroon: a cross-sectional study
Bertrand Hugo Mbatchou Ngahane

Hervé Lawin

Douala General Hospital, Cameroon

University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin 

 
      • Prevalence survey and bacteriology of post-pulmonary tuberculosis disease in Tanzania

Stellah Mpagama

Kibong’oto Infectious Diseases Hospital, Tanzania

 
      • Prevalence and clinical characteristics of post-tuberculosis lung disease among former tuberculosis patients in Cape Town, South Africa
Brian Allwood Stellenbosch University, South Africa
 
      • A cross-sectional study of urinary triclosan levels in Nigerian and Ghanaian children with asthma and the association between triclosan levels and asthma control
Adegoke G. Falade

Emmanuel O.D. Addo-Yobo 

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

 
      • A cross-sectional study of the characteristics of adults with chronic respiratory symptoms attending outpatient departments in hospitals in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan
Amsalu Bekele Binegdie

Helen Meme

Asma El Sony

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Kenya Medical Research in Medecine Institute, Kenya

Epidemiological Laboratory, Sudan

 
      • Among patients with chronic lung disease, how does severity and progression predict healthcare seeking and treatment? (Life after TB II in Malawi)
Rebecca Nightingale

Jamie Rylance

Foto-Cewek, UK

MLW, Malawi

 
      •  Burden of chronic lung disease among adolescent and adult patients 1-5 years post PTB in Uganda
William Worodria Makerere University, Uganda

Clinical & Public Health

Measurement of child and adolescent preference-based health-related quality of life in sub-Saharan Africa

Lucky Mgwira

MLW, Malawi

Clinical & Public Health

Investigating the exposure of commercial food vendors to biomass fuel smoke in Benin City, Nigeria using a portable carbon monoxide exposure monitor

Sean Semple

University of Stirling, UK

University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Clinical & Public Health

Triage 2 Lung Health Project

Hastings Banda

REACH TRUST, Malawi