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James Kumwenda, MD

  • Research Associate

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MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2020
MD, University of Malawi, 2013


Dr Kumwenda is a primary care physician with broad experience in health systems research, health management, and capacity strengthening across low-and middle-income countries. His research interests include leadership development, implementation science, and health systems capacity strengthening. Previously, as the head of the clinical department for a district with over 1 million people, Dr Kumwenda was responsible for an annual drug budget of $700,000, coordinating multiple health programs, health development partners, and clinical training across the district. As an educator, Dr Kumwenda lectures on topics including management of severe malnutrition, health systems, ethics in leadership, HIV/AIDS, and leadership development. He continues to support technical assistance projects and teaching activities in the Department of International Health.

Honors and Awards

2019 John Snow Inc. Award in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2019 Global Health Established Field Placement Award, Johns Hopkins Centre for Global Health

2018 Gillings Merit Award (Public Health Leadership Program), University of North Carolina

2018 75% Master’s Tuition Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2017 USAID/YALI Professional Development Grant, USAID

2016 Best performing health facility, Malawi Ministry of Health

2016 Social Impact Grant, United States Embassy in Malawi

2016 Congressional Recognition, United States House of Representatives

2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

2016 Young African Leadership Initiative

2012 Warwick Medical School Medical Elective (fully sponsored), Nuffield Trust

2011 Best student in Obstetrics/Gynecology senior clerkship, University of Malawi

2010 Best student in Obstetrics/Gynecology junior clerkship, University of Malawi

2009 Academic Scholarship, Government of Malawi

2007 Duke of Edinburgh International Award

  • Community health
  • Health Systems
  • Global health education
  • Global health
  • Leadership development
  • mHealth
  • Primary health care

Most recent publications

  • Odland, M. L., Membe-Gadama, G., Kafulafula, U., Jacobsen, G. W., Kumwenda, J., & Darj, E. (2018). The Use of Manual Vacuum Aspiration in the Treatment of Incomplete Abortions: A Descriptive Study from Three Public Hospitals in Malawi. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(2).
  • Technical Assistance for the Strengthening of the Community-based Primary Health Care System through Studies and Operational Research in Madagascar