Staff Profile
Hastings Mayingira Banda - Acting Executive Director

Is a Senior Clinical Researcher and acting executive director for the trust. He has a Masters in Community Health from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and currently he is studying for PHD, he has attended courses in epidemiology, statistics and research methodologies. Hastings leads REACH Trust’s Clinical Research Team, developing the clinical research portfolio for the Trust as well as managing relevant research projects and all clinical staff.

Hastings’ primary research interest is TB, where his experience includes implementing the first phase of a national multi drug resistant TB survey, developing the Linking Civil Society in TB Control Project, and carrying out a functional review of the national TB laboratory.

Hastings acts as an adviser to the World Health Organisation, serving on the technical review committee of the Global Drug Facility and contributing to consultative meetings. He also teaches a TB module to undergraduates and MPH students at Malawi’s College of Medicine. Hastings has extensive consultancy experience, having evaluated numerous projects (primarily TB related) and has clinical experience at community, district and referral facilities. Hastings serves as the Acting Director of REACH Trust in the absence of the current Director.

Hastings is currently studying for a PHD.

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Lifah Sanudi - Senior Social Researcher

Is a Senior Social Researcher and menber of the management team for REACH Trust. He has a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Malawi as well as postgraduate certificates in International Community Health, Participatory Methods and Cultural Epidemiology. He has nine years experience of conducting health related social science research in Malawi.

One of the projects he recently led, Linking Civil Society with TB Care, drew attention from international bodies and the government of Malawi who recognised it as model for community involvement in TB control. In attendance was the UN ambassador on TB issues who is also former president of Portugal His Excellency Sampaio.

Current project experience includes REACH's Triage Plus project, on which Lifah is responsible for community mapping, conducting training in health promotion and identifying the varying needs of different community groups. Also he is leading a project on the prevalence of TB and HIV among people with disabilities and their pathways to seeking health care services.

Lifah also has significant experience in conducting consultancy assignments, particularly programme evaluations, having recently evaluated OSISA’s funding to Dignitas International and the National TB Control Programme’s TB contact tracing
programme in Mzimba.

Lifah is currently studying for a PHD.

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Grace Mbera - Social Science Researcher

She is a Senior Social Science Researcher and a member of the management team with REACH Trust. She has a Masters degree in Sociology from Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and over five years experience in conducting health research.

She has led several key studies for REACH Trust, including analysing factors affecting use of HIV counselling and testing services in Malawi, researching challenges faced by health care workers in accessing HIV services, and an assessment on the impact of bicycle ambulances distributed to traditional practitioners. Grace regularly collaborates with the Gender and Health Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Grace is currently studying for a PHD

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