Institute for Global Health


Collins Zamawe

Collins's thesis title is "The use of herbal medicines in pregnancy and its impact on birth outcomes in rural Malawi."

His primary supervisor is Dr Ed Fottrell.

To get in touch with Collins, please email him at collins.zamawe.16@ucl.ac.uk.

About Collins

Collins Zamawe is a social scientist interested in maternal and child health research, including evaluation of interventions and policies. He graduated from the University of Malawi (2009) and Durham University (2012) before joining UCL for his PhD. In the last seven years, Collins has worked with several research institutions, including Malawi - Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW), University of Bern's Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) and Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI), a long-standing implementing partner of IGH. 

Thesis summary

In his PhD research, Collins is exploring the use, users and impact of herbal medicines during pregnancy in rural Malawi through a community (qualitative study) and hospital-based (case-cohort) mixed-methods study. By informing and driving policies relating to herbal medicine use in pregnancy, Collins hopes his research will contribute to the reduced burden of maternal and child mortality as well as morbidity in Malawi and beyond.