MLSFH: A Global Collaboration

The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) is a long-term collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania (Penn, USA), the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS, Malawi) and Compelling Works (CW, Malawi).

The MLSFH has been directed since 2007 by Hans-Peter Kohler, and Susan Watkins initiated the project in 1997 via the Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (MDICP).

Partner-institutions of the MLSFH include Stony Brook University, University of Wisconsin Madison, the Perelman School of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Princeton University, University of Lausanne, University of Glasgow, and John Hopkins University. Invest in Knowledge (IKI) was the MLSFH implementation partner in Malawi for many years.

The MLSFH research team is global and multidisciplinary, with long-term collaborators on all continents and across the social, health and biomedial sciences.

Penn and other graduate and undergraduate students regularly join MLSFH fieldwork and conduct dissertation research using the MLSFH, and alumni of the MLSFH hold leading academic, policy and research positions around the world, and often continue to collaborate with the MLSFH.

The MLSFH embraces an open and collaborative spirit to which it owes its longevity and success. The MLSFH is keen on growing its network of collaborators, and add additional strengths and expertise to its team. Interested scholars can connect with the MLSFH at @MLSFHresearch, and reach out at

 MLSFH Leadership

Hans-Peter Kohler

FJ Warren Professor of Demography, University of Pennsylvania

Iliana Kohler

Practice Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Rachel Kidman

Associate Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University

Victor Mwapasa

Professor, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Lauren Schmitz

Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Current Key Investigators, Collaborators and Post-Docs

Philip Anglewicz

Johns Hopkins University

Chiwosa Bandawe

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Jere R. Behrman

University of Pennsylvania

Alberto Ciancio

University of Glasgow

Dalton Conley

Princeton University

Scott Damrauer

University of Pennsylvania

Adeline Delavande

University of Technology Sydney

Kondwani Katundu

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Kazione Kulisewa

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Benjamin  Kumwenda

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Fabrice Kämpfen

University College Dublin

Lucinda Manda-Taylor

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Joseph Mfutso-Bengo

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Tyler Myroniuk

University of Missouri

Simon Ndira

Compelling Works

Helene Purcell

University of Pennsylvania

Jerry Schellenberg

University of Pennsylvania

Shana Stites

University of Pennsylvania

Halima Twabi

University of Malawi

Eric Umar

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Li-San Wang

University of Pennsylvania

Sharon Wolf

University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. Students

Cung Truong Hoang

University of Pennsylvania

Yang (Tingting) Rui

University of Pennsylvania

 MLSFH Alumni