Felix Limbani PhD is a Senior Research Associate, and expert in social science and health systems at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW). Felix is an honorary researcher with LSTM’s Clinical Sciences department and University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health.
Felix is currently co-Director for the Multilink study, leading a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, health economists, statisticians and social scientists in this NIHR-funded study that is designing and testing a system which identifies patients suffering from multimorbidity during emergency assessment in sub-Saharan African hospitals (NIHR 201708).
As trial manager, Felix has previously delivered an MRC-funded randomized controlled trial (ISRCTN12128227) at University of Witwatersrand’s Centre for Health Policy, Johannesburg. This tested the effectiveness of task-shifting to clinic based lay health workers for patients with chronic diseases in multiple clinics in rural South African. Felix also chaired the process evaluation working group of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD).
Felix has specific expertise of social science with complex interventions, and therefore is also focused on hospital treatment as Social Science theme lead of the NIHR Global Health Group on Sepsis (ARCS) and delivered a global Delphi consultation process for developing standards for sepsis care. With Malawi policymakers and WHO Knowledge Translation Unit, Felix established the national knowledge translation platform for evidence-based decision making. Providing technical advice through Ministry of Health expert groups for NCDs. His recent work has documented important health system and inpatient perspectives during the pivot to COVID-19 management in Malawi.