Daniel Nyato is a Social and Behavioural Research Scientist based at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mwanza, Tanzania. He joined NIMR in June 2014, after serving as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Dodoma (UDOM) from 2008.
Daniel trained as a Sociologist with a specialization in health and population studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he received Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Sociology. His research experience dates from 2007 – 2008 during graduate training.
From 2008 – 2010, he coordinated a research on the role of retail pharmacies in Malaria control while also lecturing at UDOM. At NIMR, he has coordinated the following studies: stigma and discrimination in adolescent access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services (May-August 2014), Adolescents and Young People’s SRH behaviour (Aug 2014 – Sept 2015), and an on-going research on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment uptake among female sex workers and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).
Since initial training as a Sociologist with specialization in health and population studies, Daniel has been intrigued in understanding how social aspects including health policies, as well as new inventions in biomedical technologies affect the everyday lives of ordinary people, especially those who live in marginalized communities. What is equally fascinating is how global health experts articulate and help to find solutions and connections in supposedly disconnected factors that affect public health and interventions. This is the centre of his professional ambition. Furthermore, increased global connections have led to more challenges and controversies, which require global responses. For example, the global HIV/AIDS response through United Nation agencies has set ambitious priority interventions and are promoting for their scale-up in various countries. Nevertheless, the questions are: how can we make these strategies work in various contexts? How can we prevent suffering? How can we influence policy change for an equitable and healthy living? These and other questions continue to influence Daniel’s carrier trajectory towards global health research.
In 2015, he designed formative studies to inform the design of an integrated HIV prevention, care and treatment among MSM, as part of a 5-year HIV program in Tanzania. These studies received funding from the USAID. As part of this effort, Daniel conducted a systematic review to understand the strategies used to reach MSM and service delivery strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. In these formative studies, Daniel and colleagues have explored sexual behaviours and HIV risk practices, barriers to access and use of HIV prevention services, the acceptability of HIV self-testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among MSM.
You can access a full list of Daniel’s publications here.
Daniel is an aspiring academic and open to further research collaborations in Tanzania and beyond, to contribute to these important health issues facing modern humanity.