• Assistant Professor, Global Health
Caryl Feldacker

International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH)
Department of Global Health, University of Washington
325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Dr. Caryl Feldacker is co-PI on the International Training and Education Center for Health’s (I-TECH) integrated voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program in Zimbabwe and PI for an NIH R21 testing the safety of two-way text-based follow-up for VMMC, also in Zimbabwe. She has over 18 years of international experience focused on ensuring quality public health programming in sub-Saharan Africa, including more than 7 years conducting implementation science research. Currently, in Zimbabwe, Dr. Feldacker’s work helps understand trends in adverse events (AEs), improve program quality to ensure patient safety, assess benefits and risks of performance-based financing, and strengthen data quality for accurate and timely reporting. Previously, as I-TECH seconded staff, Dr. Feldacker provided technical assistance to expand the capacity of the Lighthouse Trust (Malawi’s largest public ART clinic) to build robust and sustainable systems for the collection of strategic information. She guided the design, development, and pilot of a point-of-care, electronic data system to integrate ART and TB patient management in partnership with the Malawi MoH and National TB program. Her broad implementation and research experience includes closing HIV service delivery gaps in Malawi; task shifting of healthcare workers in Mozambique; efforts to reduce VMMC-related AEs in Zimbabwe; strengthening integration of family planning into HIV-related care; and exploring spatial relationships of HIV-related behaviors in Malawi.

  • PhD (University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill))
  • MPH (Tulane University)
Country Affiliations 
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Health Interventions
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Promotion
  • Implementation Science
  • Male Circumcision
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Mobile Health (mHealth)
  • Operations Research
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Feldacker, C., Murenje, V., Barnhart, S., Xaba, S., Makunike-Chikwinya, B., Holeman, I., & Tshimanga, M. (2019). Reducing provider workload while preserving patient safety via a two-way texting intervention in Zimbabwe’s voluntary medical male circumcision program: study protocol for an un-blinded, prospective, non-inferiority, randomized controlled trial. Trials, 20(1), 451.

Marongwe, P., Gonouya, P., Madoda, T., Murenje, V., Tshimanga, M., Balachandra, S., ... & Feldacker C. (2019). Trust but verify: Is there a role for active surveillance in monitoring adverse events in Zimbabwe’s large-scale male circumcision program?. PloS one, 14(6), e0218137.

Feldacker, C., Bochner, A.F., Murenje, V., Makunike-Chikwinya, B., Holec, M., Xaba, S., Balachandra, S., Mandisarisa, J., Sidile-Chitimbire, V., Barnhart, S. and Tshimanga, M., 2018. Timing of adverse events among voluntary medical male circumcision clients: Implications from routine service delivery in Zimbabwe. PloS one, 13(9), p.e0203292.

Feldacker C, Makunike B, Holec M, Bochner A, Stepaniak A, Nyanga R, Xaba, S, Kilmarx PH, Herman-Roloff A, Tafuma T, Tshimanga M, Chitimbire V, Barnhart S. 2018. Implementing voluntary medical male circumcision using an integrated, health systems approach: Experience from 21 districts in Zimbabwe. Global Health Action: 11 January.

Tweya, H, Feldacker C, Haddad L, Munthali C, Bwanali M, Speight C, Kachere L, Tembo P, Phiri S. 2017. Integrating family planning services into HIV care: Use of a point-of-care electronic medical record system in Lilongwe, Malawi. Global health action 10.1 (2017): 1383724.