Belinda Kweka, MD

LMIC Fellow

Home Institution: National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Fellowship Site:  National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania
Research Topic: Validity of HbA1c assessment in HIV-infected and -uninfected individuals with sickle cell, thalassemia, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in Northwestern Tanzania

Dr. Kweka will spend her fellowship year at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mwanza under the mentorship of Douglas Heimburger, MD, MS, Daniel Faurholt Jepsen, MD, PhD, George Praygod, MD, MSc, PhD, and Alphaxard Manjurano, PhD, PgD. Her research will focus on the validity of Hba1c assessment in HIV-infected and uninfected individuals with sickle cell, thalassemia, and glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in Northwestern Tanzania.

Dr. Kweka studied medicine at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) in Tanzania from 2010 to 2015.While in school she was awarded a certificate for medical research course and in fourth year she succeeded to write and present research on a prevalence of sun damage among people with albinism attending at Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDTC) in KCMUCo. After school she  joined Bugando Medical Center (BMC), a major tertiary hospital in Northwestern Tanzania from 2015 - 2016 for her internship.

Afterwards, she was invited to join The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza, Tanzania as a study clinician at the end of October 2016. While working with NIMR, she obtained an award of research methods and she became interested in clinical research especially in building a career in Immunology and Molecular Biology.