Nyovani Janet Madise – Senior Research Scientist

In 2020 we all have understood one thing that no disease would approach slowly. Neither it will provide time to react towards it. But we easily say why scientists are taking a long time to develop a vaccine. However, when it will fall over our minds, then we will understand the reality of the problems faced. Prior to the covid pandemic various other diseases also occurred but scientists could resolve and understand it better. One of those scientists is Nyovani Janet Madise.

She is an acting Director of Research and Development Policy. And Head of the Malawi office of the African Institute for Development Policy.  Nyovani stresses accelerating the use of evidence in decision-making in the public sector. She holds up countries to examine their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nyovani Janet Madise

Nyovani Janet Madise

Nyovani’s Education

Nyovani’s father was an accountant and his mother used to work in broadcasting. She also completed her undergraduate in Mathematics and Statistics in 1983 from the University of Malawi. Later moved to the UK as Nyovani wanted to continue her MSc. And also a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton in social statistics.

Professional Career

Nyovani operated as a Lecturer at the University of Malawi. And also as a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya. She also performed the duties of many senior management roles. The roles comprising Associate Dean Research in a large faculty at Southampton. And also Deputy Head of School, University Lead for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Along with being Director of Public Policy, and Director of the Centre for Global Health. And also, Population, Poverty, and Policy at Southampton.

She took part as a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group for Malaria elimination.  acted as a member of the Guttmacher Institute Board. Here Madise served with Wellcome Trust Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee, UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Works by Nyovani

Nyovani acts as an advisor to the World Health Organization. Earlier she functioned as a professor at the University of Southampton in Demography and Social Statistics. She performed the duties of advisor to Melinda French Gates regarding family planning in Africa. As Gates for both her 2014 TEDx in Berlin and her London Family Planning Summit in 2012. Nyovani emphasized understanding and investing in the health and education of Africa’s next generation. While also addressing the 40th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York.

She has over 100 peer-reviewed research publications. The publications highlighted the impact of social and economic factors on health in low-income countries. In the specific areas of maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual health, food security, and nutritional status. She worked for the Department for International Development and Economic and Social Research Council. As well as the Medical Research Council, Research Council of Norway, and the NWO-WOTRO of the Netherlands as a member of advisory committees of research funders.

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She gained an honorary higher doctoral degree (DSc) from the University of Aberdeen. The reason behind the degree was her identification towards her contribution to research on healthcare in Africa.

So, next time you say ‚Äúwhy are scientists so much time to develop a vaccine‚ÄĚ, think about the difficulties faced first!

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