Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme

Edy Nacarapa

Institution: Carmelo Hospital of Chokwe
Country of work: Mozambique

What is your motivation for pursuing a career in HIV clinical service delivery?

I am an HIV physician at Carmelo Hospital of Chokwe (CHC), where I am working as the Clinical and Scientific Director. The CHC offers several services such as ART delivery, inpatient HIV and TB care, viral load and CD4 count cell lab exams. Currently, however, there is a shortage of personnel with advanced knowledge in the field of operational research and clinical trials. Thus, I aspire to acquire scientific skills to be able to transform the CHC, as a unit not only for medical assistance and ART medication, but also as a Center of Excellence for clinical trials and operational research, obeying the internationally accepted level of competence.

How do you anticipate using the knowledge learned once back in your home country?

Following the completion of the fellowship, I hope to be able to create:

  1. A proposal for a curricular program on advanced formative rotation in HIV for health professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, laboratory technicians);
  2. Create a scientific committee at the CHC to design protocols for research on various subjects (ART abandonment, resistance to ART);
  3. Further improve clinical practice based on scientific evidence, reconcile practice and science, and strengthen the CHC as a Center of Excellence in hospital care, research and clinical trials.