Dr Martina Mchenga

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub

Research Project(s)

  • Global Fund

Research Interests

  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Economic evaluation of health interventions
  • Health financing, health policy and health systems strengthening


Dr Martina Mchenga is a health economist and a UKRI GCRF Accelerate Hub Postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. Her research interests include social and structural determinants of health, economic evaluation of health interventions, health financing, health policy and health systems strengthening.  She has 10 years of work experience in conducting quantitative data analysis to inform policy. Martina holds a PhD in Economics from Stellenbosch University and Masters of Arts in Economics from University of Malawi, Chancellor College.  Previously, she worked as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow at the Ministries of health in Sierra Leone and Malawi providing technical assistance on health financing reforms for universal health coverage.

Recent Publications 

  • Mmanga, Chilungamo & Ndasauka, Yamikani & Kainja, Jimmy & Kondowe, Fiskani & Mchenga, Martina & Maliwichi, Limbika & Nyamali, Simunye. (2023). The world is coming to an end! COVID-19, depression, and anxiety among adolescents in Malawi. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 13. 1024793. 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.1024793. 

  • Kainja, Jimmy & Ndasauka, Yamikani & Mchenga, Martina & Kondowe, Fiskani & M'manga, Chilungamo & Maliwichi, Limbika & Nyamali, Simunye. (2022). Umunthu, Covid-19 and mental health in Malawi. Heliyon. 8. e11316. 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11316. 

  • Mchenga, Martina & Fintel, Dieter & Burger, Ronelle. (2022). Can women’s reports in client exit interviews be used to measure and track progress of antenatal care quality? Evidence from a facility assessment census in Malawi. 10.1101/2022.09.03.22279523.