Julie MakaniDr. Julie Makani



Occupational Information

Occupation: Medical Research

Occupational Position: Senior lecturer in haematology and blood transfusion at MUHAS (Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences)

Professional History

Julie identified Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), as a major focus of work and received funding from the Wellcome Trust to establish a framework for comprehensive research and healthcare, with one of the largest cohorts of SCD patients in Africa. The high incidence of SCD is related to malaria as it confers protection against malaria. MUHAS is a collaborative site for MalariaGEN. Through her work with MUHAS, which is the main clinical, academic and research centre in Tanzania, Julie is contributing to the development of centres of excellence in biomedical sciences and technology, by supporting programmes that would exploit scientific solutions, that are locally relevant but of global significance. However, the fundamental problems limiting health care and research in Africa, (lack of skilled professionals and poor infrastructure) need to be addressed to avoid partnerships where solutions are driven from outside Africa. MUHAS seeks to nurture a critical mass of well-trained people, with capabilities to contribute to sustainable solutions.


Clinical Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Member of the Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow