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Obituary: Jane Macha

We learnt over the holidays of the tragic loss of Jane Macha, a former distance learning MSc Public Health student and a research collaborator on numerous projects at the Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania who passed away on Saturday 24 December 2016.

Colleagues from the department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine would like to express some words on behalf of the department, as well as colleagues at the School and the University of Cape Town.

“We remember when Jane first came to the Ifakara Health Institute as a young lady to help us transcribe and translate some interviews just after finishing her Masters in Sociology.  We were all immediately impressed by Jane’s ability and commitment, and were keen to hire her as a qualitative researcher to join the CREHS team.  She went on to play a key role in the SHIELD and UNITAS projects, as well as to undertake many effective consultancy projects with government and partners.   She presented her research at many conferences, wrote important scientific papers relating to her research and was in the process of completing her PhD at the University of Cape Town.

During the time we worked together, Jane progressed and grew as a researcher, continually gaining new skills and competencies, developing an in-depth interest in and knowledge of the Tanzanian health system, developing skills in a range of disciplines, building excellent relationships with partners, and producing consistently high quality work.  It was a pleasure to watch Jane grow professionally and, like a flower, bloom and grow into a beautiful, mature, strong, wise, kind and highly intelligent woman.  Jane was an excellent mentor and support to more junior researchers working with her.  She cared deeply about the work she did, and we all admired the courage and dedication she showed in times of difficulty.  Jane was a truly lovely person in every way and a great friend to us all.

We cannot believe we have lost Jane and are so very, very sad.  We would like to express our deepest sympathy to her husband Sigibert, her son Emanuel, her parents and siblings, some of whom we had the pleasure of working with and knowing in the past.  We cared deeply about Jane and will miss her enormously.  With sincerest regret, Josephine Borghi, Michelle Remme, Kara Hanson, Anne Mills from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Di Mcintyre, Lucy Gilson, Ayako Honda, from UCT, and the UNITAS team.”

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Feature image courtesy of the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Jane Macha is pictured second on the left at the front.

1 comment

  1. Judith

    This continues to be a great and shocking loss of such a young and energetic researcher, Jane Macha. Tanzania and the entire international community of public health research will always remember her. May the eternal peace be with her soul.