Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer



Miriam Taegtmeyer is trained in general internal medicine and infectious diseases. She completed her PhD in public health and was appointed as Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in October 2007. Prior to that Dr Taegtmeyer had worked in the UK National Health Service (NHS) as well as in Kenya where she was the founder-director of a successful Kenyan non-governmental organisation providing technical assistance for HIV services in resource-poor countries. Dr Taegtmeyer is currently based in Liverpool where she combines clinical practice in HIV and infectious diseases with research and teaching commitments. She incorporates qualitative and quantitative methodologies to conduct operational research, which she uses to promote getting research findings into policy and practice.  Dr Taegtmeyer has experience in HIV counselling and testing service development in a wide range of settings and models.  Her other research interests include public health aspects of HIV care services, community health workers, post rape care, TB and STIs in resource-poor settings.


Dr Taegtmeyer is a qualified teacher and teaches both undergraduate and post graduate medicine. She has written curricula and training manuals for HIV counselling and testing in numerous settings. Currently she teaches on the Diploma in Tropical Medicine, the Diploma in Tropical Nursing, the Masters in International Public Health, the Masters in Tropical and Infectious Disease, the Masters in Tropical Paediatrics and the Diploma in Reproductive Health.

Current PhD students

  • Terence Tafatatha – HIV and lymphatic filariasis in Malawi co-supervision with Prof Neil French at Liverpool University
  • Evelyne Kestelyn – Safety, acceptability and feasibility of vaginal rings in Rwandan women co-supervision with Prof Janneke van de Wijgert, Liverpool University
  • Rosalind McCollum – Due to start in Sept 2013 this PhD will focus on equity and gender among close to community providers and the relationships with formal health systems. Co-supervision with Dr Sally Theobald

Research Grants

PATH – HIV self-test usability assessment of prototypes



European Union- REACHOUT (PI)



UNICEF Malawi – Health sector responses to IPV



WHO – HIV operations manual



Gilead fellowship for POCT in Liverpool



HIV and malaria cooperative agreement CDC



HIV counselling and testing TA to Atlanta CDC



Perceptions of oral testing



Cost of VCT service provision



Post rape care



Post exposure prophylaxis



Involvement in World Health Organization HIV working groups

  1. Consolidated ARV Guidelines.  Core writing group (expected 2013)
  2. Guide for choosing approaches to national HTC delivery (2012): Service Delivery Approaches to HIV testing and counselling (HTC): A strategic HTC programme framework.
  3. Home-based HIV testing and counselling (2012): Planning, implementing and monitoring home-based HIV testing and counselling.  A practical handbook for sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. Guide for monitoring and evaluating national programmes for HIV testing and counselling (2011). National indicators for monitoring and evaluating HIV testing and counselling programmes
  5. Policy on the window period in HIV testing (2010): Delivering HIV test results and messages for re-testing and counselling in adults.
  6. Primary Health Care Centre Manual (2008): Operations manual for delivery of HIV prevention, care and treatment at primary health centres in high-prevalence, resource-constrained settings.
  7. Quality improvement strategy for HIV counselling and testing in Tanzania (2009).

Technical Assistance for HIV testing and counselling

Dr Taegtmeyer has undertaken international trips to provide technical assistance to counselling and testing programmes in Africa, including programmes funded by DfID in Nigeria, by USAID in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Namibia.  Dr. Taegtmeyer has written and reviewed curricula in HIV counselling and testing in resource-poor settings and contributed to international policy on HIV counselling and testing. She has a particular interest in comprehensive quality assurance and how this can be applied to HIV counselling and testing, in strategic planning and programme evaluation for HTC.


  • Selected Publications

    Kok, Maryse C, Dieleman, Marjolein, Taegtmeyer, Miriam, Broerse, Jacqueline EW, Kane, Sumit S, Ormel, Hermen,Tijm, Mandy M and Koning, Korrie de (2014) 'Which intervention design factors influence performance of community health workers in low- and middle-income countries? A systematic review'. Health Policy and Planning. (In Press)

    Chepuka, Lignet, Taegtmeyer, Miriam, Chorwe-Sungani, Genesis, Mambulasa, Janet, Chirwa, Ellen and Tolhurst, Rachel (2014) 'Perceptions of the mental health impact of intimate partner violence and health service responses in Malawi'. Global Health Action, Vol 7, e24816.

    Tulloch, Olivia, Taegtmeyer, Miriam, Ananworanich, Jintanat, Chasombat, Sanchai, Kosalaraksa, Pope and Theobald, Sally (2014) 'What can volunteer co-providers contribute to health systems? The role of people living with HIV in the Thai paediatric HIV programme'. Social Science and Medicine. (In Press)

    Munthali, Chigomezgo, Taegtmeyer, Miriam, Garner, Paul, Lalloo, David, Squire, Bertie, Corbett, Elizabeth, Ford, Nathan and MacPherson, Peter (2014) 'Diagnostic accuracy of the WHO clinical staging system for defining eligibility for ART in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis'. Journal of the International AIDS Society, Vol 17, Issue 18932.

    Tulloch, Olivia, Theobald, Sally, Ananworanich, Jintanat, Chasombat, Sanchai, Kosalaraksa, Pope, Jirawattanapisal, Thidaporn, Lakonphon, Sudrak, Lumbiganon, Pagakrong and Taegtmeyer, Miriam (2014) 'From Transmission to Transition: Lessons Learnt from the Thai Paediatric Antiretroviral Programme'. PLoS ONE, Vol 9, Issue 6, e99061. 

    Selected Publications

    Peck RB, Lim JM, van Rooyen H, Mukoma W, Chepuka L, Bansil P, Knight LC, Muturi N, Chirwa E, Lee AM, Wellhausen JD, Tulloch O, Taegtmeyer M. What Should the Ideal HIV Self-Test Look Like? A Usability Study of Test Prototypes in Unsupervised HIV Self-Testing in Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2014 Jul;18 Suppl 4:422-32.

    Johnson C, Baggaley R, Forsythe S, van Rooyen H, Ford N, Napierala Mavedzenge S, Corbett E, Natarajan P,Taegtmeyer M. Realizing the Potential for HIV Self-Testing. AIDS Behav. 2014 Jul;18 Suppl 4:391-5.

    Chepuka L, Taegtmeyer M, Chorwe G, Mambulasa J, Chirwa E, Tolhurst R. Perceptions of the mental health impact of intimate partner violence and health service responses in Malawi. Glob Health Action. 2014, 7: 24816

    Tulloch O, Taegtmeyer M, Ananworanich J, Chasombat S, Kosalaraksa P, Theobald SJ. What can volunteer co-providers contribute to health systems? The role of people living with HIV in the Thai paediatric HIV programme. Social Science and Medicine (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.09.017

    Hamilton C, Kilonzo N, Mung’ala L, Theobald S, Tolhurst R, Taegtmeyer M. Potential for Abuse in the VCT Counselling room; A qualitative research study. E pub Health Policy and Planning August 2008

    Taegtmeyer M, Hightower A, Opiyo W, Mwachiro L, Henderson K, Angala P, Ngare C, Marum E. Responding to the Signs: A peer-led VCT programme for the Deaf in Kenya. Disability and Rehabilitation 2008 May; 28:1-7

    Taegtmeyer M, Beeching N. Practical approaches to HIV testing in the intensive care unit. Journal of the Intensive Care Society. 2008 Apr; 9 (1):2-6

    Taegtmeyer M, Beeching NJ, Scott J, Seddon K, Jamieson S, Squire SB, et al. The clinical impact of nucleic acid amplification tests on the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in a British teaching hospital. Thorax 2008 Apr;63(4):317-21.

    Taegtmeyer M, Suckling RM, Nguku PM, Meredith C, Kibaru J, Chakaya JM, Muchela H, Gilks CF. Working with risk: Occupational safety issues among healthcare workers in Kenya. AIDS Care. 2008 Mar; 20(3):304-10.

    Kilonzo N, Taegtmeyer M, Molyneux C, Kibaru J, Kamonji V, Theobald S Engendering health sector responses to sexual violence and HIV in Kenya: results of a qualitative study. AIDS Care 2008 Feb; 20 (2):188-190.

    Prost A, Ssanyu Sseruma W, Fakoya I, Arthur G, Taegtmeyer M, Njeri A, et al. HIV voluntary counselling and testing for African communities in London:  learning from experiences in Kenya. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2007; 83(7):547-51

    Mung'ala L, Kilonzo N, Angala P, Theobald S, Taegtmeyer M. Promoting female condoms in HIV voluntary counselling and testing centres in Kenya. Reprod Health Matters. 2006;14:99-103.

    Theobald S, Raven J, Tolhurst R, Makwiza I, Taegtmeyer M. Public health approach to HIV treatment in resource-poor settings. Lancet. 2006;368:1064.

    Otwombe KN, Wanyungu J, Nduku K, Taegtmeyer M. Improving national data collection systems from voluntary counselling and testing centres in Kenya. Bull World Health Organ. 2007;85:315-8.

    Suckling RM, Taegtmeyer M, Nguku PM, Al-Abri SS, Kibaru J, Chakaya JM et al. Susceptibility of healthcare workers in Kenya to hepatitis B: new strategies for facilitating vaccination uptake. J Hosp Infect. 2006;64:271-7.

    Marum E, Taegtmeyer M. Chebet K. Scale up of voluntary HIV counselling and testing in Kenya. JAMA.2006;296:859-62.

    Douthwaite S, Taegtmeyer M, Stow R, Mwandumba HC, Hart I, Beeching NJ. Cidofovir treatment of HIV-associated cytomegalovirus (CMV) polyradiculopathy AIDS 2006, 20: 631-636

    Speight CG, Klufio A, Kilonzo SN, Mbugua C, Kuria E, Bunn JE, Taegtmeyer M Piloting post-exposure prophylaxis in Kenya raises specific concerns for the management of childhood rape. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2006;100:14-8.

    Taegtmeyer M, Kilonzo N, Mung'ala L, Morgan G, Theobald S. Using gender analysis to build voluntary counselling and testing responses in Kenya. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2006;100:305-11.