Dr Claire Calderwood
MSc DTM&H MRCP(UK)
I am a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD fellow in Global Health Research and StR in Respiratory and General Medicine (North East & Central Thames). I was previously an Academic Clinical Fellow at University College London.
I am currently based in Zimbabwe as part of the Zim-LSHTM research partnership between LSHTM and the Biomedical Research & Training Institute in Harare. My PhD research is embedded in the EDCTP-funded ERASE-TB study.
My research interests are tuberculosis and chronic diseases, particularly chronic respiratory disease including post-TB lung disease in resource-limited settings.
My PhD research hypothesises that TB household contacts are a key risk group both for TB and chronic diseases, but that they have poor healthcare access. Given the expanding burden of chronic disease morbidity and mortality in southern Africa, integrating chronic disease screening with that for TB may be an effective approach to address these dual threats.
Embedded in a large TB household contact screening study (ERASE-TB) the research has three components. Firstly, I am exploring patterns of disease clustering in individuals and households affected by TB in three African countries (Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique). Secondly, I am exploring the social context of health screening through qualitative research with members of TB-affected households, healthcare workers and policy makers in Zimbabwe. These data will be used to, thirdly, develop and pilot an integrated health screening package for TB-affected households in Zimbabwe.
I also support the ICAROZ project, led by Professor Katharina Kranzer, which is evaluating occupational health check-ups for frontline healthcare workers in Zimbabwe.