Editor in Chief
Mazyanga Lucy Mazaba
Bernard M Hang’ombe
Paul M Kelly
Jeremiah P Banda
John S Moran
Ms. Mazyanga L Mazaba
Mazyanga Lucy Mazaba received her BSc and Master’s degree from the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. She is the inaugural Editor–in-Chief of The Health Press – Zambia. Her background encompasses specialisation in the fields of virology and public health (vaccines and preventable diseases) and her experience in this area spans over a period of 20 years till December 2010 in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Ms. Mazaba joined the WHO Country Office in Zambia in 2005 as a National Professional officer-Laboratory Scientist and data manager in the Virology Laboratory of the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. Her research interest in Virology covers Rubella, Polio, Measles, Cholera and the new emerging diseases of international concern. Ms. Mazaba has published research articles in journals like Virology Journal, Journal of Infectious Diseases, International Journal of Child health and Human Development, Medical Journal of Zambia, Frontiers Public Health among others. She is currently studying for her PhD degree with the Copperbelt University School of Medicine where she also serves as an Honorary Lecturer in public Health. Ms. Mazaba is currently a member of the Biomedical Society of Zambia and also serves as an Associate editor on Child Health and Human Development (specialty section of Frontiers in Public Health and Frontiers in Pediatrics), Associate editor Infectious Diseases – Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment (speciality section of Frontiers in Medicine Research Topics) and a Reviewer for International journal of environmental science and toxicology and Journal of Virology & Retrovirology. Ms Mazaba has authored/co-authored cumulatively over 60 scientific manuscripts and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and edited three books and two special issues. Mazyanga loves to work with and for the underprivileged, and as such sits on some boards ( Chairperson on Kamanga Community TB Organisation) and is an active member of Rotary Club and Tangent Club. Aside singing in her private settings, she enjoys dancing, cooking, decorating. She takes advantage of her green hand to tend her gardens and venture into small scale farming
Dr. Raymond Hamoonga
Dr Raymond Hamoonga serves as managing editor for The Health Press (Zambia) since its inception in November 2016. He is responsible for overseeing content, format, and daily operations of the bulletin.
Raymond completed his bachelors’ degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia in 2008. He then pursued his master’s degree with endorsement in Epidemiology at Massey University, New Zealand, focusing on spatio-temporal patterns of FMD in Zambia as well identifying spatial risk factors for its occurrence.
Since his return from New Zealand, Raymond has served as Veterinary officer, and then moved on to serve as a lecturer at the Zambia Institute of Animal Health. In addition to his role as managing editor, Raymond also serves as a mentor for the Bloomberg philanthropies supported Scientific Communication workshops where he provides ongoing mentorship to Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) trainees and others who attend the scientific communication course to help them publish articles in national and international scientific journals as well as abstracts and/or posters.
Raymond enjoys singing, playing basketball and spending time with friends and family, especially his wife (fellow veterinarian) and their two sons and daughter.
Prof. Seter Siziya
Professor Seter Siziya obtained a bachelor’s degree in education (majoring in mathematics) from the University of Zambia, master’s degree in medical statistics from the University of London and a PhD in biology from the University of Zambia. He worked as a teacher for two year after obtaining his bachelor’s degree. Thereafter he joined the Tropical Diseases Research Centre where he rose from the position of a staff development fellow to a senior scientific officer in the Statistics and Data Management unit. Prof Siziya then joined the University of Zimbabwe, School of Medicine as a lecturer in biostatistics and left when he was a senior lecturer. He then joined the University of Zambia, School of Medicine as a senior lecturer and was promoted to a rank of professor in January 2011. He left to join the newly established school of medicine of the Copperbelt University as a professor of medical statistics November 2011. He has been teaching biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods to both under- and post-graduate students. Prof Siziya has published about 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 15 are in press on a variety of subjects of public health importance, including communicable and non-communicable diseases. A total of 19 papers under research collaboration and 9 letters to the editor have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Prof Siziya has authored and co-authored many abstracts and papers that have been presented in conferences. He has been a member of several boards and committees including the University of Zambia Research Ethics committee and the Tropical Diseases Research Centre Scientific Committee. Prof Siziya has been an editorial board member for the Central African Journal of Medicine, East African Journal of Public Health, African Journal of Biochemistry Research, Journal of Cell and Animal Biology, BMC Public Health, Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology and The Open Access Journal of Science and Technology. He has reviewed manuscripts for 22 journals. He has been a consulting editor for Journal of Psychology in Africa and an associate editor for BMC Public Health as well as Frontiers in Public Health, section Child Health and Human Development.
Prof. Bernard Mudenda Hang’ombe
Professor Bernard Mudenda Hang’ombe earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Degree and a Master of Science degree in Microbiology at the University of Zambia. He proceeded for his doctorate degree in Bacteriology at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, in the Graduate School of Life Sciences. In the graduate school, he specialized in the molecular mechanisms of Bacteria toxins. He has been working for the University of Zambia since 1997 as a Lecturer and researcher focusing on the diagnosis and ecological existence of rare bacterial diseases like anthrax and plague. Routinely, he is involved in the molecular diagnosis of various pathogens of fungal, bacterial and viral origin. Currently he serves as the Deputy Center Leader for the African Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (ACEEZD). Professor Hang’ombe has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of Microbiology based topics. His interest is underlined on research for detection and characterization of various pathogens for easy detection and control for the benefit of the public.
Dr. Alwyn Mwinga
Dr Alwyn Mwinga is a physician trained at the University of Zambia and the University of London. Following her postgraduate training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine she spent 10 years working in TB/HIV research after which she joined the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Global AIDS Program in Zambia. Dr Mwinga has served as an Associate Editor on the editorial board of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease from 2000 – 2010 and the Lancet Infectious Diseases, and served on the International Advisory Board of the Lancet. In addition she has served as a peer reviewer for research proposals submitted to the MRC (UK), Welcome Trust, IDRC (Canada), the Fund for Innovative DOTS Expansion through Local Initiatives to Stop TB (FIDELIS). She has served as a member of several Data Safety Monitoring Committees for the MRC (UK) and NIAID. In recognition of her contributions to TB and HIV she was awarded a Global Health Achievement award by CDC’s Office of Global Health in 2007 and the PEPFAR Lifetime Achievement award by the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator in 2011. After 12 years working in Public Health Dr. Mwinga returned to the field of research and joined Zambart as Chief Executive officer in May 2013. Dr Mwinga served on the University of Zambia Research Ethics Committee for 10 years. She obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics from Stellenbosch University in December 2013 and is currently serving on the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) as a patient representative.
Prof. Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly is Professor of Tropical Gastroenterology, Barts & The London School of Medicine, UK. He is also Honorary Lecturer, University of Zambia School of Medicine, Lusaka; and Honorary Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Professor Kelly was educated in Oxford and at The London Hospital; he is both clinically qualified and clinically active in the UK and in Zambia. Professor Kelly has also published ~100 research articles related to various aspects of infectious diseases including four trials of treatment for cryptosporidiosis. His research interests also encompass environmental enteropathy, malnutrition enteropathy and, more recently, gastric malignancies, hepatitis B and portal hypertension related to schistosomiasis.
Dr. Jeremiah Banda
Dr. Jeremiah Banda is currently on the faculty of the School Public Health of the University of Zambia, teaching and supervising Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) in Population and Health related areas. He is the Country Coordinator of the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative programme for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics supporting the improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistical system in Zambia. Past roles have included serving as the Director of Census and Statistics in Zambia and Chief of the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch at the United Nations Statistics Division, in New York. Other previous assignments include Census Advisor to the Zambian 2010 Population and Housing Census; Senior Advisor to the Comprehensive Assessment of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistical systems in Swaziland and Zambia; and Technical Advisor and Team Leader of the Population Estimation Survey of Somali. He has publications on Post Enumeration Surveys, and Design of Household Surveys and contributed to an Encyclopedia on Disability (2008). Reviewed dissertations and technical papers on Population and Health related topics.