NIHR awardees 2021

We are delighted that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research function of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), is providing funding for 161 small grants as part of RSTMH’s 2021 Small Grants Programme.

The NIHR is a major funder of high-quality research that directly addresses the diverse health needs of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), working in collaboration with other global health leaders. This research was funded using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research.

Please note that we are announcing this year's NIHR awardees in batches and will update this page with more awardees as and when. 

NIHR awardees

Abiodun Oladejo Egwuenu – Perception of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial dispensing practices by vendors and client experience at Patent and Proprietary Medicine stores in Nigeria  

Abiodun Wahab - Integrated One Health Research on Schistosomiasis in Ogun State, Nigeria         

Abiona Odeyemi – ambient air pollution exposure and lung function assessments of fuel station attendants in osogbo, Nigeria

Adedotun Ayodeji Bayegun - Molecular epidemiology and characterization of human and animal schistosomiasis in a putative hybrid zones in Ogun state, Nigeria

Adjoa Banson – free-living physical activity following lower extremity amputation in a low-middle income country

Afeez Babatunde OYETOLA  – Evaluating the Impacts of HIV Self-Testing Services in Adolescents and Young People in Calabar, Southern Nigeria        

Aggrey Mokaya – Effect of COVID-19 and Containment Measures on the Incidence and Trend of Diarrhoeal Diseases and the Implementation of Community-Led Total Sanitation in Kilifi County, Kenya  

Ahmad Fuady - Characterising and addressing the psychosocial impact of tuberculosis in Indonesia         

Aisha Nalugya – Prevalence of snake bites, knowledge and snakebite case management practices among high-risk groups in rural Eastern, Uganda

Aishat Alaran – Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa: Assessment of National Policies and their Implementation in 9 selected African Countries

Alfred Kwesi Manyeh – Implementing Leprosy Stigma Reduction Strategies to Promote Psychosocial Wellbeing of Leprosy-affected Persons in Ghana

Amon Nuwahereza - Post Stroke Spasticity (PSS), A Prediction based on stroke risk factor knowledge

Amos Oladunni - Antimicrobial Prescribing Practices in Covid-19 Patients Admitted into Three Isolation Facilities in Ibadan, Oyo state

Andrew Semulimi  – Electrocardiographic findings of COVID-19 survivors in Uganda

Angelique Carson-Porter – Feeding practices of mothers with children attending Early Childhood  Development centres in the Xhariep District    

Aqil Jeenah - A One Health approach to zoonotic disease prevalence in companion animals and owner knowledge of zoonoses in different socio-economic settings

Armando Blondel Djiyou Djeuda – COVID-19 in HIV-infected adolescents and its effects on HIV treatment outcome and drug resistance in Cameroon

Augustine Onwunduba – Assessing the Potential of C-Reactive Protein Testing to Reduce Antibiotic Dispensation for Respiratory Tract Infections by Community Pharmacists in Awka

Beatrice Ezenwa – Did COVID-19 lockdown measures adversely impact the health of vulnerable newborns in Nigeria?

Belinda Njiro - Sickle cell nephropathy and associated clinic-pathological factors among Sickle cell patients in Dar es Salaam

Berthe-Nadine N'Dilimabaka - What is the burden of both human and canine rabies in Gabon and what virus lineages circulate in the country?

Beshir Bedru  – The impact of Covid-19 on Tuberculosis detection and treatment at primary healthcare settings in Ethiopia   

Betelhem Teklu - Prevalence, clinical presentation and associated factor of Scabies among patients seeking care at Health Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2021

Busayo Ajuwon – Advancing Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Diagnosis and Care in Nigerian Patients through Machine Learning

Carlos Montenegro - Community-based use of Mesocyclops (Copepods) against Dengue Transmission in Guatemala

Celine Ng Boon Yuan - Fecal-based diagnosis of zoonotic infectious disease in wild pig-tailed macaques

Charles Quaye – Improving Skin NTD surveillance and management: Piloting the use of a mobile phone-based surveillance and management system

Charlotte Sabine Milong Melong – Investigating Plasmodium falciparum artemisinin drug resistance mutations in PfK13 gene from the endemic area of Cameroon         

Chinonyelum Oforka – Mosquito Larval Ecology and its Public Health Implications in Urban Slums of Lagos, Nigeria

Chinwe Ogbonnaa-Njoku – Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 positivity in children in a school-based screening programme at Alakahia community, Rivers State, Nigeria

Choolwe Sikasamba – Perceptions on community-wide mass drug administration for Soil-Transmitted Helminths infections among caregivers in Lusaka Province      

Daniel Karara - SARS-CoV-2 cross-reacts with HIV Chemiluminescent assay leading to false-positive results

Daniela Da Costa Franco - Enhancing community researchers in understanding vaccine hesitation determinants: a cross-sectional survey of an indigenous community in Guatemala

David Banda – Zambia Point Prevalence Survey of Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance (ZPPS ACR 2021)

Davis Kiberu – Whole Transcriptome Expression analysis of Plasmodium falciparum in the presence of Vernonia amygdalina in Uganda

Dina Elmalawany – Tuberculosis screening among asymptomatic high risk; as an example of a novel collaboration between NGOs and health care providers

Dirghayu K.C. – Assessment of supply chain management system of Prioritized Neglected Tropical Disease Drugs and Diagnostics in Nepal during COVID-19

Douglas Bulafu – Adherence to malaria treatment guidelines among Health Care Workers (HCWs) in private health facilities in Kampala’s informal settlements (slums) , Uganda

Ebenezer Wiafe – An Akan Tool to Assess Knowledge, Awareness and Perception about Prostate Cancer: A Psychometric Analysis and a Large Population Survey     

Edmund Wedam Kanmiki - Investigating the Nexuses between Neglected Tropical Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases in Ghana

Elvis Dzelamonyuy Chem - Quality of care in the provision of antiretroviral adherence therapy services to adolescents living with HIV in Cameroon

Elvis Nekehforba - Health education intervention to improve the knowledge, attitudes and practices of snakebite first-aid methods in the Touboro Health District of Cameroon

Emmanuel Donkoh – Acceptability and feasibility of genital self-sampling for the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis in hard-to-reach communities

Emmanuel Ogbuefi – Malaria vectors and insecticidal resistance status in Awka South and Awka North L.G. as Anambra State Nigeria

Emran Hasan - Factors affecting adherence to Multi Drug Resistant(MDR)-Tuberculosis treatment in Khulna Division, Bangladesh during COVID 19 pandemic

ERIC ODEI – Spatiotemporal relationships between dogbites, dog vaccination coverages, dog and human rabies, Ghana: Implication for One Health; 2021     

Erick Agure – Horticultural biodiversity in home gardens and the relationship with dietary diversity among young children in Siaya, Kenya          

Erick Awuoche – Molecular Characterization of Trypanocidal Resistant Animal African Trypanosomosis Parasites in Kwale County, Kenya  

Esraa Hammouda - A Survey To Measure And Identify Determinants of Quality Of Life Of Tuberculosis Patients in Egypt

Estelle Mewamba Mezajou - Identification of human genetic determinants associated to high burden of Schistosoma mansoni in Cameroon: epidemiological implications

Eyerusalem Adelo - Enhancing traditional birth attendants’ involvement in prevention and management of maternal soil transmitted helminths in rural districts in Northwest Ethiopia

Ezechiel Ngoufack Jagni Semengue – Evaluation of HIV Drug Resistance in Pro-viral DNA among patients following exposure to Integrase Inhibitors in Cameroon 

Francis Makokha – Estimating Cancer Incidence in Nyeri County 2017-2021: Towards Establishment of A County Cancer Registry

Francis Sena Kwaku Nuvey – Farmers’ valuation of ruminant vaccinations against diseases and barriers to access preventive veterinary services in Ghana

Gabriel Oke – Exploring what worked, what has not worked and what can be done differently in leprosy control in Nigeria

Gareth Lipunga – Understanding clinician approaches to medical decision-making amidst diagnostic uncertainty for patients with suspected acute brain infections in southern Malawi    

Getachew Bokore – Engaging the community in deployment of Anopheles stephensi surveillance for sustainable vector control in Ethiopia

Getaneh Abebe - Anti-malaria prescribing pattern, patients’ adherence to anti-malaria treatment and associated factors in Amhara Region, Ethiopia: Implications for drug resistance development

Gislaine Aurelie Kemegne - Impact of alternative medicine on the evolution of patients with typhoid fever under modern treatment in Yaounde-Cameroon

Gladson Vaghela - Accessibility of Free Health Care Services for Suicide Prevention: A Global Investigation

Glory Enjong Mbah – Evaluating Artemether–Lumefantrine concentrations in tablets from local vendors and pharmacies in Bamenda and Buea, Cameroon using High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

Graciela Pumahualcca Garcia – Assessment of knowledge on prevention and management of snake bite among rural and urban communities in the Peruvian Amazon    

Hadija Semvua – Jigger-fleas control in the local community of Remote areas of Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Harriet Aber - Scabies prevalence and associated bacterial infections among pastoral communities of North Eastern Uganda

Harrieth Ndumwa - Treatment failure among antiretroviral therapy-treated children living with HIV attending care and treatment centres in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Harshi Weerakoon – Leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka; Establishment of Leishmania donovani culture and the evaluation of host-immune responses

Hartawiliyalage Sachee Bhanu Piyasiri – Efficacy of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets on Phlebotomine vector of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka: a community intervention trial        

Husein Bagulo – Contribution of Zoonotic and WASH-Related Transmission Routes to the Burden of Hepatitis E in Ghana

Ibidunni Oloniniyi – Development and pilot testing of an intervention to relieve psychological distress among couples with preterm infants in Nigeria

Idah Moyo – The Effects of COVID-19 on clients accessing TB care services in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, a mixed-methods study

Ifeoma Nduka – Cost-effectiveness analysis of breast cancer screening in Nigeria

Ikechukwu Mpama - Mapping WASH facilities for accelerating and sustaining the elimination of NTDs attributable to unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene

Ikponmwosa Evbuomwan – Ethnobotanical Survey of Indigenous Anti-malarial Plants in Kwara State, Nigeria and Scientific Validation of Bioactivity  

Jawaria Usman – Assessment of Medical waste management culture and practices at diagnostic and research laboratories among the healthcare facilities of Pakistan 

Jeannot Zinsou - Three years impact of drinking water supply on Schistosoma haematobium burden in Ngoudoufouala, a rural area of Gabon

Jerry Brown Njoh Aseneh Junior – Hesitancy to vaccination against COVID-19 among health care workers in selected African countries          

Jesca Nantume – Evaluating equitable access to Health services for schistosomiasis in community based health centers; A cross sectional study in Mayuge and Kalungu district in Uganda 

Joab Khasewa – Effect of comprehensive HIV prevention information package on risky sexual behaviour among youth in Kakamega and Kericho counties, Kenya

Joe Odur – Reducing Mortality and Morbidity from Pediatric Sepsis in a Ugandan Regional Referral Hospital through improved management of multi-drug resistant infections

Joseph Mukala Nkongolo – Early detection of Preeclampsia in pregnancy as a strategy to improve mother child health outcomes in Kiambu, Kenya

Jubin Osei-Mensah – Improving Diagnoses and Assessing The Impact of Onchocerciasis Mass Drug Administration (MDA) Programme on the Burden of Scabies in Ghana   

Kehinde Bello – Evaluation of proximal tubular function in sickle cell anaemia children

Keneth Iceland Kasozi - Impact of COVID-19 on One Health Strategies towards Neglected Zoonotic Diseases in Uganda and Tanzania

Khyathi Reddy - Assessment of oral health status of people affected by leprosy attending LEPRA referral centres in Hyderabad

Leonard Baatiema – The impact of COVID-19 on health care delivery by healthcare professionals at primary health care facilities       

Leonard Uzairue – Impact of Infection Prevention and Control Implementation and COVID-19 Pandemic on Antimicrobial Resistance in Nigeria: A Study of Eight Hospitals.

Linda Djune Yemeli – Perception of COVID-19, acceptability of its prevention/control measures and their impact on health system: a nationwide cross-sectional survey in Cameroon

Line Pamphile Lobaloba Ingoba - Prevalence and persistence of naturally acquired neutralizing antibodies after SARS-CoV-2 infection in Congolese individuals living in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Lucy Grace Banda – Assessing the determinants of and strategies for postpartum HIV-retesting among women who tested HIV negative antenatally in Thyolo district, Malawi

Magang Kemta Melaine Eugenie - Molecular xenomonitoring of hidden tsetse-transmitted trypanosomes and potential impact for sleeping sickness elimination in Human African Trypanosomiasis foci of Cameroon

Maha Yousif - The design and development of a mathematical model using machine learning for the mycetoma treatment outcome prediction 

Majahonkhe Shabangu - Distinctive morpho-mechanical cell signatures of malignancy and drug resistance in South African patients with HIV/AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma

Majo Carrasco-Tenezaca - Assessing the vulnerability to Chagas disease infection in temporary shelters in rural communities in southern Ecuador: a mixed-methods approach

Manase Kilonzi – Use of praziquantel in treatment and prevention of maternal schistosomiasis in Lake zone Tanzania

Margaret Macherera – Use of antimicrobials among livestock keepers in Lupane District, Zimbabwe: Implications for antimicrobial resistance  

Maria Zinga - Prevalence of Female Genital Schistosomiasis among women screening for Human Papiloma Virus

Maria Eugenia Castellanos Reysona - Clinical characteristics and outcomes of HIV patients co-infected with tuberculosis and histoplasmosis in an urban Latin American setting

Marie Jeannine Solonirina - Describing potential routes for the transmission of schistosomiasis among preschool aged children in rural Madagascar - RTSPSAC

Marina Barreto - Comparison of the profile of functioning and functional capacity of patients with respiratory syndrome and with Coronavirus: Longitudinal study

Martin Mwebia – Assessment of Infection Prevention and Control programmes and activities in healthcare facilities in Kenya    

Masho Tekle – Assessment of Over-the-counter antimicrobial dispensing in medicine retail outlets by simulated client’s survey and Quasi-interventional approach in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Mawuli Kushitor – Child Labor: An Exploratory Study into the Phenomenon of Drowning Across the Volta Lake in Ghana

Maxine Atuheirwe – A survey to identify the knowledge, attitudes and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine among health workers versus general public in Uganda

McKing Amedari – Oral health Knowledge and the Role of Community Health Practitioners in preventing oral diseases

Melody Asukile – Epidemiological, Electroclinical and Imaging Characteristics of Patients with Neurocysticercosis-associated Epilepsy Attending the UTH Adult Neurology Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia

Michael Lahai – Ethnobotany survey of medicinal plants used by traditional healers for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases(NTDs) in Sierra Leone

Michael Muhoozi – Estimating the economic burden of snakebites envenoming in Eastern Uganda

Michael Ofire - Double burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases in relation to Sustainable Development Goals in Kenya

Muideen Adebayo – Assessment of burden of Cystic Echinococcosis among vulnerable human populations and dogs; A One Health strategy

Namuna Shrestha – Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension comorbidity among disadvantaged Musahar people suffering from Visceral Leishmaniasis and their healthcare seeking behaviour      

Nelson Twinamasiko - Prevalence of Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Carriage on clinical attire of healthcare workers at National referral hospitals in Uganda and their knowledge, attitudes and practices of infection prevention and control

Ngalla Calvin - Clinical Outcomes Of Patients Diagnosed With Cervical  Cancer In Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services(CBCHS) Between 2013-2018

Noha EL Dabbah – Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine  in the Egyptian National Immunization Program

Ntangatung Nkengeh Tazinkeng – Knowledge and approach towards H. Pylori diagnosis and management among Primary Care Physicians in Cameroon

Olaitan Omitola – Access and usage of insecticide-treated net among people with disability in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Olawumi Fatade – Teachers as Change Agents in Improving Access to Delivery and Uptake of Anti-Helminthics Among School-Age Children in Ibadan

Oscar Mbare – Identification of the environmental and social factors that impede the use of insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs) in households in western Kenya

Ousmane Traore - Tackling postpartum malaria: Effects of chemoprevention and treatment of pregnant women on parasite reservoir in the maternal and childhood environment

Parikshit Prasai - Computational prediction of multi-drug resistance mutations in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Parnor Madjitey - Exploring the perspectives of Liberian frontline health workers on ethical tensions experienced during the Ebola epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic

Patricia Gweliwo - Links between  farming practices and climate on pearl millet yield, implications for food security

Pragyan Basnet – Use Rapid Diagnostic Test  to Detect C - reactive protein to Differentiate Bacterial and Viral Infection to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance

Prakash Ghosh - Assessment of quality of life in patients with post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis in Bangladesh

Racheal Ayanga - Access to sexual reproductive health education and servives for deaf adolescents- The Ugandan Perspective

Racheal Naturinda – Understanding the rural community traditions, beliefs and barriers affecting in the management of snakebite envenoming: A qualitative approach study in Yumbe district Northern Uganda

Rafiou Adamu - The effect of chronic loiasis on the immune response to SARS-CoV2 vaccinations

Rajan Paudel – Developing virtual implementation models for implementation of new Multidrug resistant tuberculosis diagnostic technologies in Nepal

Reagan Chweya - Syndemic investigation and spatial mapping of intersectional multimorbidity with trachoma, hypertension, and diabetes and healthcare facilities in Kajiado county, Kenya

Saidal Ali Bah – Antimicrobial Use and Misuse: A look at The Gambia Veterinary Sector

Samjhana Shrestha – Spatial analysis and mapping of TB: identifying factors influencing subnational TB notifications in the current context of Nepal

Samuel Mpinganjira – Barriers and strategies for achieving more than 75% therapeutic coverage for Soil Transmitted Helminths in Mulanje District in Malawi

Samuel Uzodinma – Impact of pharmaceutical care on patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in community pharmacy setting: A cluster randomized controlled trial

Saurabh Bhargava - A cross sectional study on incidences of snakebites, outcome of envenomation, treatment seeking behaviour and awareness on first-aid measures

Shrutika Murthy - Investigating the occupational health hazards and challenges faced by waste workers in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Simon Peter Alarakol – Spatial distribution and prevalence of porcine cysticercosis among households practising pig farming in Northern Uganda

Siti Aisah Mokhtar - Developing threshold level and trend analysis of  Influenza activities and respiratory associated cluster in Malaysia

Sitsofe Gbogbo – Onchocerciasis meanings and experiences among adolescents with the disease in the Nkwanta North District of Ghana

Solomon Wafula - Healthcare workers’ Proficiency and Quality of Management for Snakebites in Arua and Gulu Districts in Uganda

Stella Nanyonga – Snake bite treatment and treatment outcomes in Uganda: A five-year retrospective analysis.

Stephen Kanyerezi – Investigating microbial diversity and resistome in urban sewage using shotgun metagenomics in Rubaga division, Uganda        

Sultan Hebo - The role of gender and other social determinants in access to preventive chemotherapy for Trachoma in Arba Minch District, Ethiopia    

Suman Saurabh - Demonstration of integrated approach for surveillance of skin neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in western Rajasthan, India

Susan Nakubulwa – An investigation of Predictors of Brucellosis infection in a rural District of central Uganda    

Sylvia Squire – Awareness and practices relating to zoonoses and safety among livestock farmers in Ghana   

Teresa Ita - Estimating the financial burden of antimicrobial resistance among hospitalized pediatric patients

Teresa Koyi Milugo – Assessment of Indigenous knowledge and utilization of medicinal plants in management of COVID-19 in western Kenya

Theresia A. Karuhanga - Evaluation of surgical site infection etiology in post operative patients and bacterial susceptibility at Saint Francis Hospital, Morogoro, Tanzania

Thi Hoang Yen Phan – Explore changes in stigma over the course of Tuberculosis treatment through longitudinal surveys in Vietnam

Tolulope Timothy Olowomeye – Vitamin A levels in children with acute diarrhoea disease aged between two and fifty nine months old  

Tonny Nyandwaro – Economic Impact of Human and livestock Hydatid disease in Narok County, Kenya

Tukiya Kanguya – covid 19 and informal caregivers: what are the needs and challenges in home management of covid 19 cases       

Uday Venkat Mateti - Evaluating Antimicrobial Resistance by Investigating Antimicrobial Prescription Pattern Based on WHO AWaRe (Access, Watch and Reserve) Classification

Valerie Makoge – Investigating malaria, other health challenges, coping strategies and opportunities for a coordinated response for street children in Cameroon      

Vincent Gyang – Female Genital Schistosomiasis: Association with cervical cancer in Nigeria

Vivaldie Edwige Mikounou Louya - Epidemiological study of enteric viruses in Congolese children under 5 years old hospitalized for severe diarrhea after rotavirus vaccine introduction

Wai Glory Ughe - Prevalence and Determinants of Tuberculosis among Household Contacts of Smear Positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis Patients Treated in Health Facilities in Fako Division of Cameroon

Wathiqah Wahid - Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Dengue Prevention in Kuala Lumpur and its Association with Lockdown/Movement Control Order in Malaysia

Wende Clarence Safari – revisiting the study design for schistosomiasis infection and HIV viral load in Tanzania: what potential shortcomings can we improve?  

Wongani Nyangulu – Prevalence, forms and impact of violence towards healthcare workers during the Covid – 19 pandemic in Malawi: a cross sectional study

Yacouba Poumachu – Testing housing improvement as supplemental vector control tools in areas where insecticide resistance jeopardize Long lasting insecticidal net efficacy

Yohannes Emiru – Elevating the roles of traditional healers on pre-hospital treatment of snakebite victims in remote farming areas of Ethiopia             

Zemenu Kassa – The impact of COVID-19 on maternal and perinatal care at public health hospitals in the Sidama region, Southern Ethiopia: A mixed method study