Cardiff Met student awarded $20,000 WHO training funding for malaria research

​03/09/2014

 David Musoke in his office in Makerere University, Uganda

​A PhD student at Cardiff School of Health Sciences has been awarded a coveted World Health Organisation postgraduate training grant for implementation research.

David Musoke has been awarded the grant by WHO and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and diseases of poverty.

David's PhD research relates to the integrated approach of malaria prevention in rural communities in Uganda, and advocates the use of several malaria prevention methods in households to prevent the occurrence of the lethal disease.

Malaria is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, making the research all the more vital.

David's research has previously been supported by grants from the Wales4Africa Health Links Grant Scheme, Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (THRiVE) and WHO/AFRO/TDR Small Grants Programme.

To qualify for the grant, he was required to submit his research proposal, PhD research plan, as well as budget and support letters from both his home and host universities.

David said:  "It's such a great feeling to be awarded this grant, as it will help cater for costs of the PhD programme so I can continue my research."

The grant will help pay for David's  tuition fees for the programme, as well as fund a visit to Cardiff School of Health Sciences.

David is currently an external PhD student from Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda, where he is working in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health. His supervisors at CSHS are Prof. George Karani and Dr. Keith Morris.