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Doctor Tafireyi Marukutira

TB Specialist – Public Health

Background

Tafi is a public health physician with more than 15 years of experience in public health program management and research. He has worked in low-middle income countries mainly in primary health care, public health programs (HIV/TB), and public health & clinical research. In public health HIV program, Tafi worked in the rollout and decentralisation of HIV care and treatment in remote settings in Botswana. Tafi has conducted research in adolescents living with HIV, migration and HIV prevention and control. Part of his work was instrumental in the policy shift in Botswana to a migrant inclusive free HIV care and treatment program. His research interests are in HIV, TB, hepatitis C, health systems strengthening, and implementation research especially in disadvantaged populations and in low income countries.

Appointments

  • Australian HIV Cascade Reference Group, member since 2018 and focusing on migrant cascades of care.
  • Alumni with the World Health Organization’s Tropical Disease Research as a Career Development Fellow.
  • Adjunct Research Fellow – Monash University
  • Research Associate – Botswana Harvard Partnership

Positions

  • TB Specialist – Public Health, Daru, Western Project, PNG
  • Research Fellow – Burnet Institute
  • Volunteer Medical Officer, Independence Surgery, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Research Associate, Botswana Harvard Partnership, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Consultant, I-TECH Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Clinical Intervention Technical Advisor, Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP), Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Botswana
  • Public Health Specialist and Technical Deputy Director, Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP), Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Botswana
  • Research Medical Officer, Botswana Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (BBCCOE)
  • Clinical Research Fellow, Astellas Pharma Global Development (APGD), USA
  • Senior Medical Officer/Site Manager, Mabutsane District Health Team, Botswana
  • Medical Officer, Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital, Botswana
  • Hospital Medical Officer, Mpilo Central Hospital, Zimbabwe
  • Senior House Officer, Mpilo Central Hospital, Zimbabwe
  • Junior Resident Medical Officer, Mpilo Central Hospital, Zimbabwe

Qualifications

  • 2020: PhD, Monash University
  • 2012 MPH, University of South Africa
  • 2012: MPhil HIV Management, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2010: Postgraduate Diploma HIV Management, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2005: Diploma in Obstetrics, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
  • 2005: Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
  • 1998: MBChB, University of Zimbabwe

Awards

  • 2019: Young Investigator Award, International AIDS Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017: Young Investigator Award, International AIDS Society, Seattle, USA
  • 2016-2018: Australian Postgraduate Association (APA) Scholarship
  • 2012: Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS - International AIDS Society (IAS)/CCABA (Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS). Awarded at the AIDS 2012 Conference
  • 2012: Scholarship - Bristol-Myers Squibb Exchange/British HIV Association/ Southern Africa HIV Clinicians Society. Participated in an exchange program over two weeks (8-19 October 2012) in UK and attended the British HIV Association (BHIVA) Autumn Conference (4-5 October 2012).
  • 2012: Scholarship - Southern Africa HIV Clinicians Society, Durban, South Africa. To attend the 3rd South African TB Conference
  • 2011: Career Development Fellowship in Clinical Research, WHO/TDR

Projects (2)

Current (2)

  • EC Australia: Eliminate Hepatitis C Australia Partnership

  • RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG

Publications (22)

2022 (1)

2021 (2)

2020 (5)

2019 (5)

2018 (1)

2016 (1)

2015 (3)

2014 (3)

2013 (1)

News Articles (4)

2020 (3)

2018 (1)