Whilst in Zambia, he worked as a headmaster and completed his PhD studies in the area of child and educational psychology. A year later, he became a senior lecturer and Dean of the School of Education in the University of Zambia (UNZA) and in 1987, he became Professor of Education.
The emergence of HIV and AIDS in Africa, and the devastating impact of the virus on life in Africa and on close friends radically changed Michael’s life, directing him to dedicate his life to researching the impact of HIV and AIDS particularly the interconnection between HIV and AIDS and education.
His research findings reveal that the availability and accessibility of education results in lower rates of HIV infection. Focusing on the situation of girls and women, Michael has publicised the term the “feminisation of HIV/AIDS,” revealing that women disproportionately suffer from the spread of the pandemic, not only by being infected themselves, but as having to also care for others who are infected in a variety of settings.
These two books are a representation of his invaluable contributions.