Dr Chishiba Kabengele

Phone Number: 
+260 977 156 835

Dr Chishiba Kabengele

Trainee Type: 
Associated Institution: 
University of London, London, UK

Chishiba Kabengele obtained his Bachelor’s degrees in Human Biology and Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zambia. During his time as a House Officer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, he noted that the major cause of maternal mortality was unsafe abortions and these were easily preventable by using cheap and reliable family planning methods such as implants and injectables. This made him develop an interest in reproductive health services and he worked as a volunteer on menstrual hygiene, family planning and reproductive health services for the youth friendly services corner when he served as medical officer in the peri- urban parts of Zambia.  During this time, he sought to understand the reasons behind the poor uptake of contraceptives among the adolescents and young women, leading to unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal mortality. This led him to join the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG), a known global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years, supporting Couples Voluntary counselling and Testing (CVCT) and providing services that aim at prevention of HIV and unintended pregnancies through counselling and testing for HIV and promotion of reliable contraceptive methods. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of London and his current research project focuses on understanding contraceptive uptake and choice post-vaccine education session, for an HIV efficacy trial among high risk women at two RZHRG sites in Zambia.  

Supervisor: 
Tyronza Sharkey