Malaria in a high transmission setting in Malawi: defining the reservoir of infection and assessing the performance of different diagnostic tools
Tamika Sisya is a Malawian scientist with a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology obtained from Rhodes University, South Africa. Tamika currently works at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust as a laboratory research scientist. She has worked on a project designed to examine the impact of replacing sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) with an artemisin-based combination therapy (CoArtem) as a first-line treatment for malaria on the genetic structure of malaria parasites at a single site in Malawi. She has also been involved in a separate project that evaluates Streptococcus pneumonae and Rotavirus vaccine effectiveness in Malawi and aims to understand pneumococcal and rotavirus diversity pre and post vaccine introduction.
Tamika's main area of interest is in using molecular biology techniques to assess the changes in the structure of the parasite in areas of increased use of malaria control interventions and subsequently evaluating the impacts of these interventions in a defined population. She is interested in this area because she believes there is need to evaluate the efficacy of interventions as this will provide direction for future research.