Dr. Newton Kumwenda is the current IEA Regional Councillor for the Africa Region. He graduated from the University of Malawi in 1982 and started his career in the Ministry of Health in Malawi in 1983. He worked in the Disease Control Programs section of the Preventive Health Services. After his training at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1988, he continued his work in Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH) – Disease Control Programs based at the Community Health Science Unit (CHSU) of the MOH. He obtained his MPH in 1992 followed by PhD in Epidemiology from the Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), Johns Hopkins University in 1996. Soon after, he joined as faculty at the BSPH with a joint appointment in the Department of Community Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. His most of the work has been mainly in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, especially HIV / AIDS. His collaborative research project have been in the areas of: prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, microbicides, anti-retroviral drugs, HIV vaccines, and other prevention
He has been a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for the Global Fund in Malawi since 2005 and has served on several HIV Technical Working Groups in Malawi. He is currently Director of the Southern Africa Consortium for Research Excellence (SACORE), one of the several consortia funded by the Wellcome Trust. His main interest is to work with other epidemiologists to promote teaching & practice of Epidemiology.