The majority religion in Karonga is Christianity, with the minority religion being Islam and a smaller number of ‘traditional religions’. The site is characterized by rural to peri-urban. The economy is based on subsistence agriculture, fishing and petty trading. The current population is ~ 35,000.
Our project partner in Malawi is MEIRU (the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit), which has been collecting epidemiological and demographic data in their northern, rural, site in Karonga District since 1979; and established an urban site in Lilongwe in 2012. MEIRU, formerly known as Karonga Prevention Study, has over the last 30 years made major contributions to the understanding and control of mycobacterial disease, HIV and other infectious diseases. It involves a partnership between the Malawi College of Medicine, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Malawi Ministry of Health. We will work with MEIRU’s Director Mia Crampin, data scientist Estelle McLean, epidemiologist Abena Amoah, demographer Albert Dube, and other staff in MEIRU’s northern site in Karonga District. See here for more information on the Karonga cohort.”