The burden of non-communicable diseases has increased rapidly in Africa, including among people living with HIV. Only a small proportion of people living with non-communicable diseases are in regular care. In contrast, the majority of people living with HIV-infection are accessing antiretroviral therapy. In this seminar we discuss a programme of research on integrated management of chronic conditions in Tanzania and Uganda.
Dr Anu Garrib trained in public health medicine in South Africa and previously worked in the UK on clinical guideline development and on services for adults and older people. As Principal Research Associate at LSTM, she co-ordinates research on the prevention and management of HIV-infection, diabetes and hypertension with the Research Partnership for the control of chronic diseases in Africa: RESPOND-AFRICA. Her current research is focused on the delivery of integrated care for patients with HIV and non-communicable diseases, investigating methods of preventing the development of NCDs in the HIV-infected and strategies to improve the management of these conditions and improve clinical care whilst lessening the burden on the health system.
Professor Sayoki Mfinanga is Chief Scientist at the National Institute of Medical Research, Tanzania. Trained in infectious diseases, since 2010 he has played a leading role in non-communicable diseases research, including attending UN meetings with the Tanzania presidential delegations. Prof Mfinanga leads multiple research studies designed to inform health policy and practice in Africa and is Co-Principal Investigator for the RESPOND-AFRICA research portfolio. In addition to his role as Honorary Professor of Global Heath at LSTM, he also holds honorary positions at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, in Tanzania.