In collaboration with the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

New Deputy Director at MITU

In August 2012, Dr George PrayGod joined the Unit to work as Deputy Scientific Director. George is a senior clinical epidemiologist with over 10 years experience in public health research, based at NIMR, Mwanza centre. During this time he has conducted research and published scientific papers on Tuberculosis, HIV, nutrition, and the link between diabetes mellitus and Tuberculosis.

For the past seven years his research has focused on evaluating the effect of nutritional interventions on treatment outcomes of infectious diseases using randomized controlled trials. This includes a large trial that assessed the effect of micronutrient  and energy-protein supplementation on outcomes of tuberculosis treatment, including mortality, in Mwanza. Currently, he is involved in a trial assessing the effect of mineral and vitamin supplementation on early mortality among undernourished HIV-positive people starting antiretroviral therapy in Mwanza. With this background, he will therefore contribute to further expand the Unit's research in HIV and co-infections.

George has been teaching and supervising university students on a part-time basis since 2008, and has been involved in teaching  on the research methods course at our campus for two consecutive years. At the district level, he has been involved in building capacity in data collection, handling and use among district council health management teams in the region.
George studied medicine at the University of Dar es Salaam, epidemiology at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and holds a PhD in International Health from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.