Home Institution: Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) and Bugando Medical Center
Fellowship Site: Weill Bugando Medical Center
Research Topic: HIV
Dr. Kihunrwa will spend his fellowship year at Weill Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza under the mentorship of Jennifer Downs, MD, PhD and Daniel Fitzgerald, MD. His research will focus on vertical HIV transmission among women living in schistosoma endemic areas in northern Tanzania.
Dr. Kihunrwa grew up in Tanzania, and trained in Russia and Uganda for his MD and MMed degrees respectively. Since 2008 he has been working as a lecturer and specialist obstetrician/gynecologist at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) and Bugando Medical Center, and has trained and seen over 30 young doctors becoming specialists in his department. He has also participated in research in HIV, STIs, and he has an interest in conducting additional research in other causes of maternal and perinatal deaths that are not well addressed.