Tribute to Trial VITALITY Women
Updated: Apr 6
The month of March is always an important month for recognising the women of the world; March 8th is International Women's Day, and March is also Women's History Month. So what better time to pay tribute to some of the amazing women who work on VITALITY.
‘My name is Nyasha Dzavakwa. I am an Epidemiologist and I am also a medical doctor. I currently work as a trial physician in the VITALITY trial and also am co-lead of the VITALITY work package 1 which focuses on trial design and conduct. I am passionate about HIV research in paediatrics and adolescents. Being a woman in science is a privilege and honour as I believe that women are the next generation global health leaders and change makers.’
Gladys Kambewu – Research Assistant
‘My name is Gladys Kambewu. I am a research assistant in the VITALITY trial. I hold a bachelor of science honours in counselling degree. I have been in research since 2014 and was a research assistant under BRTI in the menopause from January 2020 to November 2020. I am currently working with the vitality clinical trial Zimbabwe under BRTI. My passion and experience in the field has grown immensely. Working in the field i have grown to appreciate the communities i work with from young to old. Research work goes hand in hand with counselling since a good counsellor should always be up to date with information on social issues and research. I encourage other women to pursue their passions and careers in science; In so doing, women can take part in the development and advancement of communities and public health system’
Priscilla Mangwende – Research Nurse
‘Am a registered general nurse with midwifery and community nursing. Also hold a certificate in counselling. Have a passion in research. I have worked in different organisations doing HIV/AIDS research. Research increase knowledge of diseases to include management and psychological impact to clients. It makes appreciate what clients go through. I urge young women to pursue research to improve their knowledge in science. It's not a territory for men only. Research gives scientific answers to medical problems.’
Mazvita Maud Paradza – Research Assistant
‘My name is Maud Paradza. A clinical RA in the vitality trial. I have a BSc & MSc in Social Science and a Diploma in lab technology. I have been in research since 2012. I'm currently working with the vitality clinical trial Zimbabwe under BRTI. I’m an avid researcher and enjoy field work. Medical Field research is a great career opportunity for female clinicians across all fields. I encourage other women to pursue their passions and careers in science more so the field in medical research In so doing, women can take part in the development and advancement of communities and public health systems.