Dr David Musoke
Dr David Musoke, Makerere University, Uganda
Towards measuring the effect on the prevalence of malaria of using several malaria prevention methods in an integrated approach to prevent the disease
Dr Musoke has trained in health sciences and a variety of transferable public health skills, including writing policy briefs. He now wants to build on the encouraging results of his PhD work, on community perceptions and utilisation of integrated malaria prevention measures, to develop a randomised controlled trial. “The training and advice I receive during my AREF Fellowship will be invaluable in informing the design of that trial,” he says.
“Although global and national malaria vector control efforts have focused on long lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying, several other practices can also be implemented at households to reduce malaria-carrying mosquitoes.” These practices focus mainly on environmental interventions, like eliminating mosquito breeding sites, physically restricting mosquito entry into houses at night and using repellents.
During his placement, Dr Musoke will complete a short course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine so as to enhance his skills in trials epidemiology and statistical design and analysis. He will undertake collaborative visits to Public Health England and Public Health Wales and will access research networks in malaria research and trials methodology. To develop the protocol for his new clinical trial he will work alongside his host sponsor, Professor George Karani at Cardiff Metropolitan University. “My AREF Fellowship will also enhance my research capabilities in grant development, manuscript writing and research communication.”
“AREF support will enable me to develop a project on integrated malaria prevention that has the potential to reduce malaria illness and death, especially among children under 5 years of age, in Uganda and beyond.”