Home Institution: University of Hawaii
Fellowship Site: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania
Research Topic: Mental Health Outcomes and Patterns of Viral Resistance in Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania
Mr. Hosaka will spend his fellowship year at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi under the mentorship of Dorothy Dow, MD, Blandina Mmbaga, MD, PhD and Kearsley Stewart, PhD. His research will focus on mental health outcomes and patterns of virologic resistance among youth living with HIV (YLWH), as well as the implementation experience of a mental health intervention for YLWH during scale up across Tanzania. Mr. Hosaka is from Hawaii and is a medical student at the University of Hawaii. His undergraduate background is in cultural anthropology and he has lived in Delhi, India. His HIV research experience to date is diverse and includes HIV palliation, immunology, geriatrics, and ethnography. As a US Public Health Service Awardee and US National Health Service Corps scholar, his career interest is in tailoring interventions, policies, and biomedical advances to the social realities and lived experiences of vulnerable populations, including those affected by HIV.