Dr G. Chapotera

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College of Medicine, Dept of Public Health, Chimutu Road, Room 850, Blantyre. chapoteragnz@gmail.com gtchapotera@medcol.mw +265 995 420 274 +265 881 765 802

Dr Gertrude Tamakani Chapotera

Qualifications: PhD in Tropical Medicine

Position Title:   Senior Lecturer at College of Medicine, University of Malawi.

Personal Profile

Enjoys teaching public health and epidemiology

Has worked in the ministry of health as well as World Health Organization in Malawi.

Passionate about promoting career development of others, supporting women’s contribution to national development.

She leads a mentorship programme at College of Medicine and has established a national forum for women in infectious disease and health research in Malawi in 2015.

She led on a European funded (EDCTP) capacity building grant to develop a clinical trial management and support infrastructure at the Research support Centre at COM responsibilities in training, clinical trial monitoring and research support to faculty.

She is a trainer and an advocate for evidence based health care practice (EBHC) in African setting.


Other Positions and Honours and Professional Memberships

Professional Positions

2015 – present Head of Department, Public Health, School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SPHFM), College of Medicine (COM)

2012 – present Senior Lecturer, SPHFM, COM

2012- 2013      Chairperson of College of Medicine Research & Ethics Committee (COMREC), COM.

2011 – 2013    Member (Research Methods Expert), Malawi College of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee

2012-2013       Post Graduate Tutor for the MPH Programme, COM

2009-2012       Clinical Trials Coordinator, Research Support Centre, COM.

2001-2003       Surveillance Officer for Vaccine Preventable Diseases Programme, World Health Organization, Lilongwe, Malawi.

2000-2001       Programme Manager, National Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Population, Lilongwe, Malawi

1998-1999       District Health Officer, Zomba District Health Office, Zomba, Malawi

1996-1998       Medical Officer, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi.


  • Mentorship Lead, COM Career Development Programme
  • Leadership Programme Fellow, Malaria Capacity Development Consortium, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Vice Chairperson – Women in Infectious Diseases and Health related Research Network in Malawi
  • Member, CoM Fund Development Unit – 2014 to present
  • Trainer for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Research Ethics, Research Support Centre
  • Trainer for Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC)
  • Member, Society of Medical Doctors, Malawi, 2009 – Present


Research Grants

  1. To Develop Clinical Trial Management and Support infrastructure at the CoM (Co-PI), Apr 2009 to March 2012. Funding Agency: European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
  2. Safe and efficacious artemisinin-based combination treatments for African pregnant women with Malaria (Co-investigator and Trial Coordinator) – Nov 2010 to Sept 2014. Funding Agency: European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
  3. Special Populations and Label Expansion studies with fixed dose combinations artemether-lumefantrine, amodiaquine-artesunate and dihydroartemisinin, in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique (Co-Investigator), July 2012 to September 2015. Funding Agency: European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
  4. A multidisciplinary and multilevel approach to improve careers for women researchers in infectious diseases of poverty in Malawi (Co-PI), April to September 2015. Funding Agency: World Health Organization TDR