Deus Thindwa

PhD Student

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Deus comes from Malawi with years of experience in field epidemiology, and infectious disease modelling. Previously, he has worked as a data manager and epidemiologist on the Wellcome Trust and PEPFAR-funded field studies in HIV/TB trial, multisite typhoid fever study across Africa and Asia, and national evaluation of Option B+ among HIV-infected pregnant women whilst at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, and Management Sciences for Health. Deus has also spent more than a year as a research assistant on the UK Royal Society Global Challenges-funded study assessing the potential impact of intermittent preventive therapy of malaria in pregnancy on the spread of drug-resistant parasites across Africa using mathematical models, whilst based at Imperial College London.
Deus obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the University of Malawi, and a master’s degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine under a Commonwealth scholarship. He was recently awarded a MPRU PhD studentship that is fully funding his studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Epidemiology and Population Health with Stefan Flasche in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. His PhD research will use modelling to investigate pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) schedules and vaccine coverage rates that optimize the impact of PCV in populations with high HIV prevalence.


Links to recent publications:

1) Thindwa D, Chipeta MG, Henrion MYR, Gordon MA. 2019. Distinct climate influences on the risk of typhoid compared to invasive non-typhoid Salmonella disease in Blantyre, Malawi. Sci Rep 9:1–11.

2) Thindwa D, Landes M, van Lettow M, Kanyemba A, Nkhoma E, et al. 2019. Pregnancy intention and contraceptive use among HIV-positive Malawian women at 4-26 weeks post-partum: A nested cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE 14: e0215947.

3) Thindwa D, MacPherson P, Choko AT, Khundi M, Sambakunsi R, et al. 2018. Completion of isoniazid preventive therapy among human immunodeficiency virus positive adults in urban Malawi. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 22(3):273-279.