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Thembelihle N.S. Bafana-Munatsi

Thembelihle N.S. Bafana-Munatsi


To obtain a suitable career opportunity in the field of medical / scientific writing or medical journalism.

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Advanced PG Diploma in Scientific Writing & Medical Journalism
James Lind Institute

M.Sc Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of Witwatersrand
South Africa

Bachelor of Pharmacy
University of Witwatersrand
South Africa

Professional Experience

– Pharmacist in 15 studies at the University of Zimbabwe – University of California, San Francisco (UZ-UCSF) Collaborative Research Programme / University of Zimbabwe – Clinical Research Centre.

Personal Profile

Publications and Certififcate Training:
• Acknowledgment in the DART (Development of Anti-Retroviral Therapy in Africa) trial results publication as an online article dated December 2009 and January 2010 in The Lancet , Volume 375 issue 9709
• Certificate in Protecting Human Research Participants – 2005-2015
• Training on the logistics system for ARV drugs and Fluconazole – April 2009
• Good Clinical Practice – 2005 to 2015
• Paediatric HIV Infection: Clinical Research and Care in the era of Antiretroviral Treatment – 2006
• Stata 8,9,10 , Epi-info



Faculty Feedback

Thembelihle N.S. Bafana-Munatsi has very good writing skills. This is evident from the project work and assignment submissions made by her. She has a strong research experience as well and will excel in any research driven work environment.


Tell us something about your previous qualifications and work experience:

I have worked in clinical research for eleven years as a research pharmacist. I have worked in over 15 randomized clinical research trials which include PMTCT, Rotavirus, HIV management and prevention and HIV-related co-morbidities like TB, cryptococcal meningitis and oral candidiasis.
My duty as a research pharmacist was to ensure the accurate and complete collection of pharmacy –related data from participants.
In addition I ensured the constant availability of study product (ARVs and vaccines) by communicating with suppliers which included Boehringer-Ingelheim, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott. I have been in charge of anti- retroviral stock worth over US$500 000 at any point in time.
My greatest career achievement has been, being part of a team which established an opportunistic infections (mainly HIV) clinic for all ex- HIV research participants. This came after the realization that most ex-research participants were left disadvantaged after clinical trials ended. Other notable achievements include being a team player in protocol development of the EARNEST study and being a co-investigator in a sub study – CLEAR where I ensured fair randomization and blinding of participants.

How will you describe yourself as a person?

Physically and mentally hard working
Goal orientated

What are your Career Interests?

HIV, malaria, TB and Cancer research
Protocol writing
Critiquing of papers and poster presentations
Monitoring of research projects

What are your other interests?

Watching documentaries

Why did you choose JLI for your online learning?

The JLI online learning allowed me to work at my own pace as I have a busy career and family life. A self paced course allowed me to implement lessons learnt from the modules.

If you have gone through some study material, how has your experience been so far?

Having completed my programme I have found that all the material was relevant and has enabled me to be a better practitioner.

What sort of career do you envisage after completing your program from JLI?

I would like to write and edit research - related material including, but not limited to protocols and investigator' brochures.

What are your key strengths?

I excel at critiquing medical articles.

What is your take on your programme curriculum?

It was balanced, diverse and informative.

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