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Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, director of fellowship programs for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), announces Dzidzai Muyengwa, MPH, will serve as the new program manager of UJMT LAUNCH, Fogarty International Center’s flagship training program, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, and Dzidzai Muyengwa, MPH

“We are delighted to welcome Dzidzai. She brings a wealth of experience in project design and management, as well as a lifelong passion for global health,” Chi said.

Muyengwa earned her bachelor’s degree in Global Studies (Health & Environment) and master’s in public health (Maternal & Child Health) from UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Dzidzai worked at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research providing program management and operations support for research projects. Before that, she worked at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center conducting research on the launch and scale of low-cost maternal and child health innovations.

“For more than a decade, our UJMT LAUNCH program has provided important experiences in global health research for doctoral scholars and postdoctoral fellows. It is a complex initiative that brings together academicians and learners across four continents. Dzidzai will spearhead a range of program activities, ensuring that trainees and host institutions alike benefit from this collaborative engagement.”

Muyengwa says her upbringing in Zimbabwe fueled her passion to help people everywhere live healthier lives, and she is passionate about health equity, community-based research and implementation science.

The UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) is an engine for global health research and pan-university collaboration, transforming health in North Carolina and around the world through research, training and service. Capacity building is intrinsic to IGHID’s work on four continents, where students and trainees benefit from years of capacity building and sustained research and scholarship. The Office of Fellowships and Training onboards >65 trainees per academic year and follows 350+ trainees for evaluation and program renewal purposes. Learn more.