Dr Sekeleghe Kayuni

Honorary Lecturer

Seke is a medical doctor and parasitologist from Malawi in Southern Africa whose research interests are in Neglected Tropical Diseases. He completed his medical training at Malawi College of Medicine (currently called Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS)) in 2004. After his internship at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre city (April 2004 - December 2005), he moved to a rural Ekwendeni Mission Hospital in Northern Malawi where he worked as a medical officer and hospital in-charge from January 2006 to April 2009. He was also an adjunct Lecturer for nursing and biomedical students at Mzuzu University.

In May 2009, he joined one of the largest private medical institution, Medical Aid Society of Malawi (MASM) Medi Clinics Limited (MMCL) with five 24-hour private clinics in all the major cities in Malawi, being in-charge of Zomba, Kanjedza and currently Area 12 clinics in Zomba, Blantyre and Lilongwe cities respectively. These 24-hour private clinics provides Out-patient and In-patient General and Specialist services to over 2,000 patients monthly.

In 2011, Seke was awarded a Commonwealth Masters Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health (MScTMIH) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which he successfully completed in September 2012. He also successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) by Royal College of Physicians in London. After the MSc course, in addition to the clinical practice at MMCL, he taught and supervised undergraduate BSc students in Parasitology at Chancellor College, University of Malawi (UNIMA).

Furthermore, in 2016, Seke was also awarded a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Tropical Medicine at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and University of Liverpool, under the supervision of Professor Russell Stothard and Dr. James LaCourse. His PhD research was on Male genital schistosomiasis and interactions with HIV infection among fishermen on the shores of Lake Malawi which he successfully defended and graduated in 2020.

Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) and Study Coordinator Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW), on a NIHR-Wellcome Trust funded Hybridization of urogenital schistosomiasis (HUGS) project in Nsanje and Mangochi districts in Malawi. He is also an Honorary Lecturer in Parasitology at LSTM, KUHeS and UNIMA, Associate Editor of Malawi Medical Journal (MMJ) and Topical Advisory Panel Member of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (TMID) journal.


MSc Tropical Disease Biology
MSc Tropical and Infectious Diseases

Seke is a member of the following professional associations:

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)
British Society for Parasitology (BSP)
International AIDS Society (IAS)
International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID)
Medical Association of Malawi (MAM) - Executive Committee Member responsible for Membership and Marketing.
Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH)
Society of Medical Doctors in Malawi (SMD)

Selected publications

  • 1. Kayuni, S.A., Al-Harbi, M.H., Makaula, P., Injesi, B., Mainga, B., Lampiao, F., Juziwelo, L., LaCourse, E.J., Stothard, J.R. (2022). Pathological Abnormalities Observed on Ultrasonography among Fishermen Associated with Male Genital Schistosomiasis (MGS) along the South Lake Malawi Shoreline in Mangochi District, Malawi. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 7, 169. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed7080169.

    2. Alharbi, M.; Iravoga, C.; Kayuni, S.A.; LaCourse, E.J.; Makaula, P.; Stothard, J.R. (2022). First Molecular Identification of Bulinus africanus in Lake Malawi Implicated in Transmitting Schistosoma Parasites. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease in press. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202207.0025.v1.

    3. Makaula, P., Kayuni, S.A., Mamba, K.C., Bongololo, G., Funsanani, M., Musaya, J., Juziwelo, L.T. and Furu, P. (2022). An assessment of implementation and effectiveness of mass drug administration for prevention and control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in selected southern Malawi districts. BMC Health Services Research, 22, 517. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07925-3.

    4. Bustinduy, A.L., Randriansolo, B., Sturt, A.S., Kayuni, S.A., Leustcher, P.D., Webster, B.L., Van Lieshout, L., Stothard, J.R., Feldmeier, H. and Gyapong, M. (2022). An update on female and male genital schistosomiasis and a call to integrate efforts to escalate diagnosis, treatment and awareness in endemic and non-endemic settings: The time is now. Advances in Parasitology, Volume 115, 1-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.apar.2021.12.003

    5. Conserve D.F., Kayuni S., Kumwenda M.K., Dovel K.L., Choko A.T. (2022). Assessing the efficacy of an integrated intervention to create demand for fishermen’s schistosomiasis and HIV services (FISH) in Mangochi, Malawi: Study protocol for a cluster randomized control trial. PLoS ONE, 17(1): e0262237. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262237

    6. Kayuni, S.A., Alharbi, M.H., Makaula, P., Lampiao, F., Juziwelo, L., Lacourse, E.J., and Stothard, J.R. (2021). Male genital schistosomiasis along south shoreline of Lake Malawi: Baseline prevalence and associated knowledge, attitudes and practices among local fishermen in Mangochi District. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 615. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.590695

    7. Kayuni, S.A., O’Ferrall, A.M., Baxter, H., Heskett, J., Mainga, B., Lally, D., Makaula, P., Alharbi, M., LaCourse, E.J, Juziwelo, L., Musaya, J. and Stothard, J.R. (2020). An outbreak of intestinal schistosomiasis in primary school children living along the shoreline of Lake Malawi, Mangochi District, Malawi. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 9(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40249-020-00736-w.

    8. Faust, C.L., Osakunor, D.N.M., Downs, J.A., Kayuni, S., Stothard, J.R., Lamberton, P.H.L., Reinhard-Rupp, J. and Rollinson, D. (2020). Schistosomiasis control: leave no age group behind. Trends in Parasitology, 36(7), 582-591. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2020.04.012.

    9. Kayuni, S.A., LaCourse, E.J., Makaula, P., Lampiao, F., Juziwelo, L., Fawcett, J., Shaw, A., Alharbi, M., Verweij, J.J. and Stothard, J.R. (2019). Case report: Highlighting male genital schistosomiasis (MGS) in fishermen from the southwestern shoreline of Lake Malawi, Mangochi District. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, p.tpmd190562, 1331-5. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.19-0562.

    10. Kayuni, S., de Dood, C.J., Lacourse, E.J., Bartlett, K.E., Fawcett, J., Shaw, A., Makaula, P., Lampiao, F., Juziwelo, L., Verweij, J.J., Hoekstra, P.T., Corstjens, P.L.A.M., Van Dam, G.J., Van Lieshout, E., Leutscher, P.D.C. and Stothard, J.R. (2019). How can schistosome circulating antigen assays be best applied for detection and diagnosis of male genital schistosomiasis (MGS): An appraisal using exemplar MGS cases from Malawi. Parasitology, 29:1785-95. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182019000969.