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Chikosa Banda


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Chiwoza Bandawe

University of Malawi, College of Medicine

Dr. Chiwoza Bandawe is Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. He has also served as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa from 2004-7. He has a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Cape Town. His areas of interest and expertise include Social Psychology and, in particular, cultural aspects of human behaviour and mental health competence, Indigenous African Psychology and mental health education.  He has several publications in international journals and has published three mental health education books: Mind Tips: A Psychology of Practical Living Skills for Malawi (2005), Mind Tools to Sharpen Your Mental Health (2006) andPractical uMunthu Psychology (2010).  He has presented at several international meetings and taught Psychology as part of the University of Pittsburgh Semester at Sea programme in 2006. He is the current editor of the Malawi Medical Journal. He is a practising Clinical Psychologist based in Blantyre. 

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Lusizi Kambalame

University of Malawi, Chancellor College

Lusizi is a Lecturer in Theatre and Development Communication at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and a Masters in Theatre and Media for Communication for Development, both from Chancellor College. She has done extensive work in Theatre for Development with youth in the southern and central regions of Malawi. She is an alumni of the Study of US institutes (SUSI) program and a member of the Malawi Association of Theatre Critics. 

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William Mlotha

Malawi Ministry of Health

William works as a Senior Clinical Officer for the Ministry of Health in Malawi. He holds a Master of Public Health degree, Bachelor of Science (Health Science Education) degree, and a Diploma in Clinical Medicine. He worked as a Deputy District Health Officer for Zomba District for seven years and previously served as a District Health officer. He has worked as a District HIV and AIDS programme coordinator for Zomba for more than ten years.

David Gere

University of California – Los Angeles

David Gere, Ph.D., is director of the Art & Global Health Center at the University of California – Los Angeles and also serves as a professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, where he teaches courses in arts activism. His book How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004) received the award for outstanding book publication from the Congress on Research in Dance. The book was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and received a special citation from the Society of Dance History Scholars and the De la Torre Bueno Prize. His co-edited volumes include Looking Out: Perspectives on Dance and Criticism in a Multicultural World (1995) and Taken By Surprise: A Dance Improvisation Reader (2003). In the visual art world, Gere has co-curated two parts of a trilogy of AIDS exhibitions: MAKE ART/STOP AIDS (2008) and The A.R.T. Show (2011). The third, Through Positive Eyes, is scheduled for 2016 in Durban, South Africa.