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ABOUT US

We are a multidisciplinary research group of clinicians, allied health professionals, epidemiologists, statisticians, immunologists, microbiologists, geographical information specialists and social scientists.

 

BACKGROUND

We conduct research aimed at improving health and well-being across the life course. We focus on public health issues of relevance to Zimbabwe and the region. Our research group is multidisciplinary and collaborates with a range of local and international academic institutions, so that we can access the expertise to conduct research to the highest standards.

 

We are committed to generating evidence that has impact on policy and practice. We therefore work in close partnership with policymakers including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the National Tuberculosis Programme, the World Health Organization, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations. Our research has informed national and international guidelines.

Community engagement underpins all our work so that we can ensure that the work is relevant and respectful to our local context and that communities are not simply passive beneficiaries of our research.

We are strongly committed to developing research capacity. We do this through supervision and mentorship of Masters and PhD students, running training courses on research methods and supporting development of data management and laboratory capacity.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

MANAGEMENT
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Dr Rashida Ferrand

Director

I obtained my primary medical degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and following postgraduate training in internal medicine and clinical specialist training in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health, I joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Since 2007, I have been based in Harare, hosted by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) where I lead the Zimbabwe-LSHTM research partnership. Our focus is on HIV, Adolescent Health, Chronic non-infectious morbidities, Tuberculosis and Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance.

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Dr Katharina Kranzer

Deputy Director

I am a medical microbiologist, with my primary medical degree from the Technical University Munich (Germany). I am a master in Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine & International Health at LSHTM. I became a Wellcome Trust PhD fellow in Cape Town investigating the effect of active TB case finding and anti-retroviral therapy on TB epidemiology in South Africa from 2008-2011. Thereafter, I headed the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in Germany (2015-2018) and also serve as a WHO Supranational Reference Laboratory for several countries in Central Asia and West Africa. I have a working relationship with Prof. Rashida Ferrand in leading the Zim-LSHTM research partnership on adolescent health.

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Ms Tsitsi Bandason

Data Manager

I am the lead data manager/statistician supporting various research study teams. My vast research interests are in HIV and TB research and statistical methodology.  I joined the Biomedical Research and Training Institute in 2004 and I have been involved in the development of data management processes and documents and also provide statistical analysis services. Prior to this, I was a data manager for the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services.  I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Statistics and an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Zimbabwe.

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Ms Ethel Dauya

Field Director

I am a public health specialist with 20 years of experience in research on HIV, TB and adolescent Health. I have coordinated Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 trials involving adolescents and young people for more than 10 years. I manage the CHIEDZA trial and provide oversight for other field studies in our group. Before becoming a researcher, I was a nurse manager for the Harare City Health Department. I have a Master’s in Public Health, degree in Community Development and diplomas in Community Nursing, Midwifery, General Nursing with certificates in Family Planning and Syndromic Management of STI.

RESEARCHERS

Dr Vicky Simms

Assistant Professor (Statistical Epidemiologist)

I am a statistical epidemiologist in the MRC International Statistics and Epidemiology Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. I work on randomised controlled trials and cohort studies in the areas of HIV, adherence to antiretroviral therapy and mental health, including children and adolescents. I have been working with the Zimbabwe LSHTM research partnership since 2015, moving from the UK to Zimbabwe in 2019.

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Dr Constance Mackworth-Young

Assistant Professor (Medical Anthropologist)

I am a Medical Anthropologist, with a research focus on young people, sexual and reproductive health, and participatory qualitative methodologies. I work across research projects on these topics with the Zim-LSHTM research partnership, leading the social science components.

Current projects that I am working on include CHIEDZASTICH (STIs in CHIEDZA), the Professional Development Programme on Adolescent Wellbeing, Zvatinoda, Y-CHECK, and GIFT. I was previously based at Zambart in Zambia, where I conducted studies with young people, and conducted my PhD, which explored the impact of HIV on the everyday lives of young women through ethnographic study in Lusaka, Zambia. I hold an undergraduate degree in Biological and Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health and a PhD, both from LSHTM.

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Mr Lovemore Sigwadhi

Biostatistics Research Fellow

I am a research biostatistician with a research focus on the utilisation of the latest information technology and biostatistics methods to improve data presentation, modelling and prediction. My qualifications include an MSc in Biostatistics (Stellenbosch University, 2019), MSc in Operations Research and Statistics (National University of Science and Technology, 2016), BSc Special Honours in Statistics (University of Zimbabwe, 2014) and BSc General Degree in Mathematics and Statistics (University of Zimbabwe, 2013). Before joining the Zim-LSHTM research partnership, I was based in Cape Town at Stellenbosch University where I worked in several areas such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and COVID-19. The projects I am currently working on include CHIEDZA, STICH (STIs in CHIEDZA), YCHECK, Parirenyatwa COVID-19 and ICAROZ. 

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Dr Aoife Doyle

Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Principal Investigator of Y-Check Study

I am an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the LSHTM. For the past 17 years, my research has focused on the health and well-being of young people. I have been a member of the Zimbabwe-LSHTM Group since 2018 collaborating on the CHIEDZA trial and leading the 2018-19 Young People’s use of Technology, and Mental health and well-being (YTM) study. I have been based full-time at BRTI since June 2021 leading the design, implementation and evaluation of Y-CHECK, a novel adolescent health check-up strategy. My research is currently funded through a UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship (2021-25). I am originally from Ireland but over the past 20 years have lived in England, Scotland, France and Tanzania.

Dr Sarah Bernays

Social Scientist, Senior Lecturer in Global Health 

I am an anthropologist with expertise on HIV and adolescent health. My focus is on conducting community participatory research using a range of qualitative methods to inform the design and development of interventions as well as process evaluation of complex interventions. I am a co-investigator on the CHIEDZA and B-GAP studies. I have a split academic appointment as an associate professor between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Sydney. The best part of my role is working with passionate researchers and young people collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team.

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Dr Chris Grundy

I’m the map guy. I have an MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and have been at LSHTM for over 25 years. My research focuses around how to improve data collection, from population estimation methodology to selection of random locations for surveys. My other area of interest and work extends to public engagement and getting young people involved in science. Currently I am also very involved with supply of datasets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Producing a dataset for WHO on the public health and social measures countries are putting in place to tackle the pandemic. I work with the CHIEDZA and B-GAP projects in Zimbabwe and contribute to the Youth Researcher Academy, an initiative to train youth as researchers. I also run GIS courses and supervise any of the PhD students in our research group.

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STUDY LEADS

Dr Farirai Nzvere

Y-Check

I am a physician and current Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of Edinburgh, where I am involved in the UNCOVER (Usher Network for COVID-19 Evidence Reviews) research group.  My clinical experience extends to working with refugee populations and my research interests lie in diabetes self-management and diabetes health inequities. In my current role, I oversee the Y-Check study, evaluating the effectiveness of health check-ups in adolescents and the ICAROZ study, which involves screening healthcare workers for SARS-CoV-2 in addition to common chronic conditions and the subsequent linkage to care process. Upon completing my MPH, I intend to pursue a PhD in adolescent health check-ups and build on the foundations laid by the Y-Check study.

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Ms Rudo Chingono

TAZ

I am a Social Scientist with a background in public health research. I previously earned a MSc in Social Science & Child and Family Studies from Africa University, and is currently in my final year of a PhD in Global Health Research at the University College London. For the past 7 years, I have coordinated a number of HIV related studies with focus on child development, adolescents and maternal health. My experience in this area has led to me being passionate about mental health awareness, especially among women in Zimbabwe. Recently, I have expanded my research interests to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child health as well as its impact on mental health. I am leading a Social Science study that seeks to understand the impact of Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine programme on antimicrobial prescribing practices of healthcare workers. 

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Mr Edson Marambire

I am an experienced and passionate public health professional, recently completed Masters of Public Health with Africa University and holding strong aspirations of advancing further. I am currently involved in the oversight of ICAROZ and ERASE TB studies. I previously held the same position with the University of Zimbabwe Clinical Research Centre between 2019-20 before joining BRTI. Having a nursing background, qualified with a BSc (Hons) Nursing Science from the University of Zimbabwe in 2009, I manoeuvred through the HIV and TB prevention and treatment programmes working with well-known non-governmental organisations such as PSI, Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric Aids Foundation; where I was mainly involved in programming as well as programme monitoring and evaluation.

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Dr Nyasha Dzavakwa

VITALITY

I am a medical doctor and an epidemiologist who is passionate about HIV implementation research in children and adolescents. Currently I am working as a clinical trial physician with coordinating duties in the VITALITY trial pursuing my PhD in Epidemiology & Population at LSHTM. My previous work has included providing HIV care and treatment services to paediatric and adolescent patients and providing technical support in health facilities carrying out quality improvement projects. I also obtained my MBChB degree from the University of Zimbabwe and am a WHO-TDR alumni from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa where I obtained my MSc Epidemiology-Implementation Science degree.

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Mr Arun Fryatt

Clinical Team Lead Decentralisation of COVID-19 Care in Zimbabwe (DCCZ)

I am a medical doctor from the UK who initially came to Zimbabwe to work as a volunteer on the COVID-19 Unit at Parirenyatwa Hospital. I got involved with BRTI by coordinating the community SARS-CoV2 Seroprevalence survey initially and subsequently leading the Decentralising COVID-19 Care in Zimbabwe (DCCZ) project working closely with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, WHO and the Higherlife Foundation. I previously worked in the UK for the NHS for 4 years and will return to complete my training there in the coming years but with the intention to come back and work again in Zimbabwe as a clinician and researcher. 

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Mr Aveneni Mangombe

Adolescent Wellbeing Professional Development Programme

I am a social scientist (Social Worker and Demographer) who has vast experience in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) programming, advocacy, and research, with a special focus on adolescents and youth. I was hailed as the first National Coordinator for the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe’s Adolescent and Youth Health programme, from 2006 and 2020. I have managed the multisectoral response towards SRHR needs of adolescents and youths, through the national ASRH Coordination forum. Under the ESA commitment, I steered the review of laws, polices and strategies related to adolescent and youth SRHR. In my current role with the BRTI, I am the Partnerships Management Coordinator for the Adolescent Wellbeing Professional Development Programme.

Ms Tarisai Chirenje Chiyaka

I am a social scientist, demographer and public health practitioner who attained a Masters in Population Studies (UZ). I have worked in different research capacities with over 15 years’ experience in the following areas: Reproductive Health and HIV, where I was involved in different population-based surveys (Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey 2010/11 and the 2012 National Census) and respondent driven sampling surveys (SAPPH-IRe Trial 2013-2016 and DREAMS Impact Evaluation 2016 to 2019). My current role as the Project Manager involves managing the Neotree Project, developing an ehealth platform for admission and discharge of neonates at hospitals in Zimbabwe (Sally Mugabe Central Hospital and Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital) designed to improve new born survival through a combination of quality-of-care improvement. I am responsible for all research and administrative aspects of the project.

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Mr Tadios Manyanga

FRACTURES E3

I am a Clinical Trials research practitioner with more than 8 years’ experience in Clinical Trials conduct, internal monitoring, and coordination. I have strong managerial background both in theory and practice. I am currently the Project Coordinator for the Fractures E3 study in Zimbabwe and also lending a hand to the VITALITY study at an administrative capacity. I am also registered for an MSc Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My highest qualification is a Master of Business Administration (MBA - Solusi University). I hold a Bachelor of Science Health Education and Health Promotion (University of Zimbabwe) and a diploma in General Nursing (Harare Central Hospital).

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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS

Dr Justin Dixon

I am a medical anthropologist whose research combines social theory and a range of methods to understand global health challenges. After studying anthropology at the University of Cape Town, I completed my PhD research at Durham University focusing on the ethics of clinical trials in South Africa. I am the social science coordinator of the FCDO-funded FIEBRE study in Africa and Asia. I am co-investigator on a Wellcome-funded study examining the effects of mass typhoid vaccination on antimicrobial prescribing in Harare. As a recently-awarded Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science Fellowship I will be working with a wide range of disciplines and domains of expertise to develop an interdisciplinary framework for tackling the rising challenge of multimorbidity in the global south.  I am a mentor for the Fleming Fund Fellowship scheme in Zimbabwe.

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Dr Felicity Fitzgerald

I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer in paediatric infectious diseases based between University College London and BRTI, Harare. I am working on a portfolio of studies investigating infection control and antibiotic resistance based in the neonatal unit at Harare Central Hospital with my collaborators Dr Gwen Chimhini and Dr Simba Chimhuya. We are planning to set up an interventional study reducing nosocomial transmission of neonatal sepsis, and have recently introduced tablet-based electronic medical records using the NeoTree application.

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Dr Edith Majonga

I am a postdoctoral research fellow with BRTI and a lecturer (part-time) in the Department of Medical Physics and Imaging Sciences at University of Zimbabwe-College of Health Sciences. I attained my PhD at LSHTM. I also hold an MSc and BSc in Radiography from National University of Science & Technology and the University of Zimbabwe, respectively. My current work focuses on vascular assessment using non-invasive techniques including vascular ultrasound, pulse wave velocity, flow-mediated dilation and peripheral artery tonometry in collaboration with Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London. I am also preparing for a study on myocardial disease characterisation using magnetic resonance imaging in young people with HIV where we will be collaborating with experts from Oxford Centre for Magnetic Resonance (OCMR), University of Oxford.

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Dr Chido Dziva Chikwari

I am an Epidemiologist with a background in Biomedical Science with Business. My main research areas are evaluating strategies to improve the implementation of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health interventions for adolescents and young people. I am currently a study coordinator for CHIEDZA trial and the STICH study which is nested within CHIEDZA. I am also part of the planning team for the Youth Researchers Academy (YRA) in Zimbabwe.

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PHD FELLOWS

Mr Tinotenda Taruvinga

I am a Fogarty TRENT COVID-19 PhD fellow with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). My PhD focuses on the impact of the SARS-CoV -2 pandemic on the health care system using maternal and child health as a case study. I graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) International Development (distinction) from the University of Sheffield. I have experience of conducting two academic research work in Nepal and Bangladesh. Furthermore, after having 13 years of public health experience, I developed interest in public health emergency response and conducting research that influence policies. Currently I am working as an Epidemiologist with the Africa Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). 

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Ms Arthi Vasantharoopan

I am a PhD student in health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My research interests revolve around infectious diseases in vulnerable populations. I am conducting the economic evaluation of the B-Gap study; a targeted HIV testing and support intervention for children and adolescents in urban and rural Zimbabwe. My supervision team guiding me through the process are Dr Vicky Simms, Dr Lorna Guinness and Dr Hendy Maheswaran. I hold a MSc in Epidemiology and a BSc in Health Sciences.

Ms Constancia Mavodza

I am a global health researcher navigating evidence generation for programme implementation and policy development. I am registered for a PhD at LSHTM and my research will focus on the process evaluation of the family planning intervention in the CHIEDZA trial. My work has included sub-Saharan Africa focused research and advocacy on HIV/AIDS, human resources for health, gender and health systems, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents and young people; and coordinating cancer clinical trials. I hold an MPH specialising in Health Systems and Policy research from the University of Cape Town, and my first degree is from Amherst College where I majored in Neuroscience.

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Ms Cynthia Kahari

I am a diagnostic radiographer with experience in bone densitometry research utilising dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and now peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT). I am pursuing a PhD with LSHTM, focusing on use of pQCT in HIV infected patients. The aim of my research is to understand the effect of HIV and its treatment on pQCT measured trabecular and cortical bone architecture at different time points through the life course in two independent populations in sub-Saharan Africa. I have a BSc (honours) in Radiography and an MPhil, both from the University of Zimbabwe. My MPhil research was on bone mineral density in adult healthy Zimbabwean women.

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Ms Farirayi Kowo Nyakoko

I am a PhD student with the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton. My PhD will compare skeletal maturation in three sub-Saharan African countries. I will do bone age assessment in two cohorts (Zimbabwe and The Gambia) and the data will help in answering questions on how bone age differs by measurement method in Zimbabwe and how bone age differs from chronological age in Zimbabwean and The Gambian populations. It will also facilitate better understanding of how chronic conditions like HIV and malnutrition have an impact on skeletal maturity. I did my MSc and BSc in Radiography with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).

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Dr Ruramayi Rukuni

I graduated from Bristol medical school in 2009 and carried out my postgraduate medical training in Cambridge. I have held an academic public health training post in Oxford since 2013 and I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in 2017.  I am currently taking time out of training to complete my PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  I am the principal investigator for a longitudinal study investigating HIV-associated musculoskeletal disease in children and adolescents in Harare – the IMVASK Study.

Mr Collins Timire

I hold a BSc (Hons) Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Public Health (First Class) from the Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand). Currently I am a PhD Fogarty Fellow registered at LSHTM and focuses on the impact of tuberculosis on the livelihoods of patients and their households. I am a Senior Operational Research Fellow with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), seconded to the National TB Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe. In this capacity I have published at least 34 articles in peer-reviewed journals. I also provide mentorship during national and international Structured Operational Research and Training IniTiative (SORT IT) operational research workshops conducted by the World Health Organisation/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and The Union.

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Ms Mandikudza Tembo

I am a public health specialist and a PhD research fellow with a focus in menstrual health management and adolescent sexual and reproductive health service delivery. I have vast experience coordinating and implementing interventions focusing on SRHR, addressing the needs of the LGBTQI community, and women’s health. I hold an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL and a BA in Public Health and Women's Gender Studies. My current research is focused on menstrual health management (MHM) among 16-24-year-old young women in Zimbabwe. Nested within the CHIEDZA cluster randomised trial, the MHM sub-study will investigate the uptake, acceptability, and effectiveness of a novel comprehensive MHM intervention that provides MHM education, analgesia, and MHM products such as reusable pads, the menstrual cup, and period pants.

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I am a social scientist with experience in using qualitative research methods, and a research student in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at LSHTM. I completed a Masters in Development Studies at the Freestate University in the Republic of South Africa. My first degree is a BSc Honours in Sociology obtained at the University of Zimbabwe. My interests are in HIV/AIDS, antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as well as drug resistant tuberculosis in Africa. I am on a studentship program in the FIEBRE Social Science Study, investigating the connections between fever and antimicrobial use. I have recently joined the Y-Check study as a lead researcher.

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Ms Claire Calderwood

I am a Respiratory Registrar and Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD fellow in Global Health Research at LSHTM. My research interests are in tuberculosis and chronic diseases, particularly chronic respiratory disease including post-TB lung disease, in resource-limited settings. My PhD will be based in Zimbabwe with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute as part of the Zim-LSHTM Research Partnership, where I will be investigating the relationship between chronic diseases and TB risk and developing approaches to integrate chronic disease screening with active case finding for TB among TB household contacts. I’m looking forward to joining the team in Harare in October 2021!

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Mr Kevin Martin

I am a Wellcome Trust clinical PhD fellow in global health. For my PhD research, I will be implementing and evaluating a strategy for integration of point-of-care diagnostics for STIs into antenatal settings in Harare, supervised by Professor Rashida Ferrand, Professor Katharina Kranzer, and Dr Michael Marks. After graduating from University College London in 2016, I have been based in Brighton, UK for my postgraduate clinical training. After completing the academic foundation programme, I undertook an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the LSHTM. For this, I conducted a mixed methods study nested within the CHIEDZA trial, assessing the uptake of and factors associated with unselected STI testing among youth, which laid the groundwork for my PhD proposal. I subsequently held an NIHR academic clinical fellowship in genitourinary medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where I continued to work on mixed methods research assessing the facilitators and barriers to point-of-care testing for STIs.

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I am a biostatistician by training from the University of Zimbabwe currently supporting observational and longitudinal musculoskeletal studies within the group. My role involves developing statistical plans and performing the subsequent analyses. I am an aspiring PhD research fellow with interests in HIV, modelling mechanistic bone pathways and skeletal growth in children.

Mr Tafadzwa Madanhire

MSc STUDENTS

Ms Nicol Redzo

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Mr Mutsawashe Chisenga

Mr Tadios Manyanga

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INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS

Ms Helen Weiss

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Mr Richard Hayes

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Mr Ulrich Schaible

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Ms Sarah Rowland-Jones

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Mr Lackson Kasonka

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Ms Kate Ward

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Ms Celia Gregson

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Prof David A Ross

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Mr Mufaro Makuni

Public Engagement Coordinator

I am the group’s Public Engagement Coordinator with a background in social sciences. My role encompasses of mainly handling public and community engagement activities, implementing communications and dissemination strategies on multiple studies. I manage the group’s social media platforms: the Zim-LSHTM twitter accountZim-LSHTM and CHIEDZA websites, maintaining a photos and videos repository containing study activities as well as organising workshops and dissemination meetings. I hold a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Organizational Psychology and Political Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa and a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.

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Ms Tino Michelle Mavimba

Public Engagement, Crowdsourcing, Branding

I specialise in communications, marketing and design and particularly how these disciplines can be used in the effective engagement of young people. I have coordinated the branding of numerous LSHTM-Zimbabwe research projects including; The Art of Health, CHIEDZA, ERASE TB, Vitality, TAZ and MaCoCo. I am currently coordinating The Art of Health Competition; a national creative health competition aimed at crowdsourcing and public engagement. In addition, I coordinate community mobilisation for the CHIEDZA trial. I hold a BA in Historical, Political & Sociological Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and a BA in Audio Production from SAE Institute (South Africa) with an additional focus on film production and post-production.

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ADMINISTRATION  TEAM

Mr Ivan Chigonde

Finance Officer

I am the group’s finance officer and a Registered Public Accountant with PAAB. I joined the research group in 2001 and I have managed all the research grants since then. My role includes preparing financial statements as per donor agency requirements, assisting in preparation of budgets, monitoring of budgets and expenditure to ensure adherence to policies and procedures. I am currently studying towards completion of my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification. I have an ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business, a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy with the Southern African Association of Accountants (SAAA) and am a member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe (ICSAZ), a registered Public accountant and a holder of a practicing certificate in Accountants with PAAB Zimbabwe. I plan to complete my honours degree in Applied Accounting in 2021, upon submission of my project with Oxford Brookes University, UK

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Currently Finance Assistant with Chartered Institute of Secretaries Part A and B. Studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business management, majoring in Business Finance with the Midlands States University.

Ms Nyaradzo Mabido

Finance Assistant

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Mr Tendai Muchena

Administrator

I am the group’s administrator and my role include organizing meetings, supporting our overseas research visitors, procurement, managing regulatory applications and visas for our team and working with the field manager to ensure that field procedures run smoothly. I joined the group in 2008, initially as an administrator for a 1-year project, then joining the research teams as a research assistant. I trained in Marketing and M&E in the past, and I am currently in my final year for a BSc (Hons) degree in Development Studies.

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Mr Richard Chinangwa

My current role encompasses reviewing logistical functions, identifying areas for improvement, proposing strategies to minimise cost of goods and transport, fleet management, allocating supplies and products to designated studies, procurement and warehousing management, maintaining business relationships with suppliers and ensuring payments of customs and clearing costs. My academic background includes obtaining an Advanced International Diploma in Transport and Logistics (Chartered Institute in Logistics and Transport). I have also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (Holland) in logistics department for 12years. I plan to pursue a Masters in Supply Chain in Transport and logistics.

Assistant Coordinator and Logistician