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Mr Mandayachepa Nyando 

PhD student Mandayachepa Nyando
Position:PhD student

Telephone:02920 917784
Location:Room 513, 5th Floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB


'Experiences of care givers looking after a child with HIV and AIDS in rural Malawi'


Dr Katie Featherstone and Professor Billie Hunter


My current PhD is funded by the Malawi Government and the research title for my PhD study is ‘Lived Experiences of caregivers of children with HIV and AIDS’ at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi.

I completed my BSc in Nursing in 1995 with the University Of Malawi, Kamuzu College Of Nursing. In 2000 l finished my Master’s degree in Nursing with University Of Wales College Of Medicine, School Of Nursing and Midwifery Studies. Prior to that, I have been teaching paediatric nursing in many colleges such as Zomba College of Nursing in 1992 to 1993, Holy Family College of Nursing 1995 to 1997 and Kamuzu College of Nursing from 1997 to November 2009.

In addition to teaching, I have been involved in a number of child survival programmes mounted by the Malawi government such as the ‘Integrated Management Childhood Illness’ ( IMCI) where I was the country trainer for trainers. I was also the trainer of trainers for the ‘Syndromic Management Approach (SMA) of Sexually Transmitted Infections’ (STIs) programme. At Kamuzu College Of Nursing, I have been a Head of the Clinical Studies Department and the main organizer of  the clinical activities of all students. I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer with Kamuzu College of Nursing in Clinical Studies (Paediatric Nursing).

I have also been involved in many research activities in Malawi:

  • ‘Admission Attributes at Zomba Mental Hospital’. I was the Co Principal Investigator with Professor Mclachlan. It was a survey (1992) that looked at the admission attributes to a major mental hospital in Malawi-Zomba Mental Hospital.
  • ‘Utilisation of condoms among estate workers in tea estates in Mulanje and Thyolo Districts’ for the Project Hope Malawi Office. This was also  a survey that looked at whether workers in Tea estates were utilizing condoms supplied by Project Hope I was the research supervisor working with Dr Angella Chimwaza.(1996). 
  • ‘Child Survival Programmes’ for the Banja la Mtsogolo Malawi office. This study was an evaluative triangular study where in-depth interviews and focus group discussions were carried out. Exit questionnaires were also administered. I supervised this project (1997) working with Dr Dorothy Namate.
  • In 2004, I co-investigated in a study where we were looking at ‘Health seeking behavours of HIV and AIDS patients’. This was a qualitative research where focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were conducted with key informants. I was co-investigator, working with Dr C P N Kaponda on this study.

In all studies my main responsibilities were proposal writing, data collection and analysis and report writing plus writing for publications. In 2000 I finished my Master’s degree in Nursing and my thesis examined ‘Knowledge, perceptions, and practices about  measles prevention of women with under five children’ carried out at Holy Family Hospital, Phalombe in Malawi.

Research Interests

Living with HIV and AIDS in under five children in Malawi

Burn injuries care in under five children in Malawi

The social impact of burn wound among children aged 12-16 years in Malawi.

The accessibility of family planning methods of teenagers (16-19 years old) in Malawi.

Research methods: both qualitative and quantitative.