Werner Maokola was appointed as a SEARCH fellow in Tanzania at the end of 2014, and has now successfully registered for the PhD programme at KCMU College in Moshi, Tanzania. Werner will assess the implementation of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) and its impact on TB incidence and mortality among people living with HIV in Tanzania. His work will use routinely-collected HIV data from 19 clinics involved in the first roll-out phase of IPT. The aims of his work are to determine the coverage of IPT, the barriers to implementation and the impact on TB incidence and overall mortality. His work will broaden our knowledge on the effectiveness of IPT in routine programmatic settings and inform the government on scale-up.
We warmly congratulate Werner on this important step and wish him well in the next stages as a PhD candidate.