Kondwelani John Mateyo

Position in DATURA: WP1, WP3, Country PI for Zambia
Job title: Consultant Respiratory Physician
Home Institution: University Teaching Hospital – Zambia
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E-mail:  kondwelanimateyo@yahoo.co.uk

Dr Mateyo is a pulmonologist with enormous expertise and experience in managing TB/HIV infected patients, since the onset of the HIV pandemic in the 1980’s. He is heading the respiratory unit at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka (1650-bed hospital) in charge of the clinical management of all adolescents and adult patients admitted with tuberculosis. This is the main referral hospital in the country with more than 300 HIV infected in-patients per month, 20- 40 sputum positive TB patients per week and the only facility hosting third-line ARV clinic. This hospital includes capacity for bronchoscopies (both diagnostic and therapeutic), medical thoracoscopies, thoracic ultrasound and lung function tests. The hospital has also hosted EDCTP-funded clinical trials in the past.

Dr Mateyo is a member of the Zambian National Clinical Expert Committee on Tuberculosis patient management which is responsible for the guidelines on the management of TB patients in the country. This committee also serves as an MDT for complex TB clinical cases. He also serves as a member of the European Society and further a member of the Society’s assembly 10 on Respiratory infections. He is also am an active member of the Internal Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the Pan-African Thoracic Society. He is a member of the University Teaching Hospital Anti-microbial stewardship committee, which committee serves to set the agenda for prudent antimicrobial use in the hospital and thus creates guidelines and policies for this, which set the standard for practice nationwide.

Dr Mateyo is currently supervising two Masters students on tuberculosis-related theses ; one on the significance of peripheral blood monocyte:lymphocyte ratio in the diagnosis of active TB, and the other on the prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a cause of empyema thoracis in patients at the University Teaching hospital.