Archive for the ‘2012 Former Trainees’ Category

Ms. Linda Kampata

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Ms. Kampata is a Staff Development Fellow for Bioethics and Health Promotion as well as a Grant Management Administrator in the Department of Public Health at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. Linda has a clinical background, having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, along with numerous nursing certifications. More recently, Ms. Kampata completed her Master’s of Public Health degree at University of Zambia and is completing a Master’s degree in International Health through the University of Bergen, in Norway.

Linda has been involved in grant management for University of Zambia based USAID projects, imparting executive assistance in program management, as well as having a direct hand in updating and developing university curricula among a variety of public health programs. Linda was also personally involved in training rural based stakeholders in an effort to address the burden of HIV/AIDS in Lusaka and surrounding rural areas.

While participating as a Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program partner, Linda hopes to continue to strengthen her training in bioethics and to develop an assessment of the standard operating procedures of Institutional Review Boards in her country, as a means of helping to develop capacity nationally. Upon her return to Zambia, Ms. Kampata intends to work with University of Zambia officials, as well as local legislators, to inform both strong healthcare practice and policy. She also looks forward to sharing her new knowledge about research ethics with fellow researchers at UNZA as a way of strengthening institutional capacity.


Mr. Oliver Mweemba

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Mr. Mweemba is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health, in the School of Medicine at University of Zambia. He has a social science background and completed his Master of Philosophy in Health Promotion at the University of Bergen in Norway. He currently teaches health promotion, social medicine, and qualitative methods to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also currently enrolled in doctoral studies with Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His thesis focuses on the social construction of masculinity and male sexuality and the subsequent influence on vaginal microbicides acceptability.

Oliver has also been involved in HIV prevention research projects at both the national and international level, as a co-investigator and as a PI, many of which were multi-centers studies.  Other African country sites involved in the studies included Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. His most recent work aims “to determine the feasibility of conducting a microbicides trial of daily vaginal gel (HEC gel) and to inform the way adherence should be assessed.” He has also been a consultant on the Population Council’s study in Zambia on the impact of male circumcision on sexual behavior and condom use negotiations.

Mr. Mweemba has an interest in research ethics based on both his research and teaching experience. As a lecturer, Oliver often focuses on qualitative research methods, which demands extensive knowledge and continuous training in the field. While participating in the Johns Hopkins African Bioethics Training Program he hopes to continue to broaden his knowledge and skills in qualitative research as well as to evaluate new ways of effective public health communication.