PhD STUDENTS

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Dr Claire Calderwood 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Integrated multi-disease health checks for TB-affected households (IMBA Hutano)

2021

I am Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD fellow in Global Health Research at LSHTM and Respiratory physician in higher speciality training in the UK. For my PhD I am based in Zimbabwe with the THRU Zim team. My research is investigating chronic disease clustering within TB-affected households as a nested sub-study in ERASE-TB and seeks to develop an integrated health check for TB-affected households. More broadly, I am interested in approaches to address infectious and non-infectious chronic disease morbidity and mortality, particularly chronic respiratory disease including post-TB lung disease, in resource-limited settings.

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Ms Rudo Chingono

University College London

TAZ: Impact of a Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine
Campaign on Antimicrobial Prescribing in Harare, Zimbabwe

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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Ms Cynthia Kahari
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Ms Cynthia Kahari 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The effect of HIV and its treatment on trabecular and cortical bone architecture in children, adolescents and premenopausal women

2019-

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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Mr Tafadzwa Madanhire 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Mechanistic understanding of vitamin D, calcium and bone metabolism during adolescent skeletal growth in children living with HIV

2021-

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.

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Ms Salome Manyau 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

An ethnography of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance, in the lives of medicine providers, residents and sex workers in Harare-Zimbabwe

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.

Dr Kevin Martin 

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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Investigating point-of-care diagnostics for sexually transmitted infections and antimicrobial resistance in primary care in Zimbabwe (IPSAZ)

2022-

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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Ms Constancia Mavodza 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The process evaluation of the family planning intervention in the CHIEDZA trial

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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Dr Farirayi Kowo Nyakoko 

University of Bristol

comparing the skeletal maturity of children and adolescents in two sub-Saharan African countries and the impact of HIV and maternal calcium supplementation on skeletal growth

2020 -

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).

Dr Farirayi Peter Nzvere

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London School of Hygiene

& Tropical Medicine

Comprehensive school- and community-based health check-ups in adolescents living in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe: A hybrid

2022

I am a physician and current Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of Edinburgh, where I am a member of the UNCOVER (Usher Network for COVid-19 Evidence Reviews) research group. My clinical experience, including working with refugee populations, has shaped my research interests which lie at the intersection of early adolescent interventions and the socioeconomic health determinants that play a significant role in chronic disease prevention and management. This passion led to the formation of a diabetes non-profit organization, Diversity in Diabetes, based in the United States.

In my current role, I oversee the Y-Check study, evaluating the effectiveness of health checkups 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 checkups and build on the foundations laid by the Y-Check study.

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Dr Ruramayi Rukuni 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Impact of Vertical HIV on Child and Adolescent Skeletal Development in Zimbabwe (IMVASK) Study

2017-

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.

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Mr Tinotenda Taruvinga 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

the impact of the SARS-CoV -2 pandemic on the health care system using maternal and child health as a case study

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 Mandikudza Tembo 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Investigating the acceptability and effectiveness of a menstrual health and hygiene intervention among young women in Zimbabwe

2018

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2022

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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Mr Collins Timire 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Impact of drug resistant TB on patients and their households in Zimbabwe. (this is the overarching topic, my topic for the upcoming presentation is “Coverage, timeliness and effectiveness of cash transfers for people on drug resistant TB treatment in Zimbabwe: A mixed methods study.

2019-

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 Arthi Vasantharoopan 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

An Economic Evaluation of Index-Linked HIV Testing Strategy for Children and Adolescents in Zimbabwe

2017-

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.

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Dr Nyasha Dzavakwa

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Treatment adherence in adolescents living with HIV using electronic monitoring devices in Harare, Zimbabwe

2021-

I am a medical doctor working as the clinical lead for the VITALITY clinical trial. . I hold an MBChB degree from the University of Zimbabwe and I am a WHO-TDR alumni from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa where I obtained an MSc Epidemiology-Implementation Science. I have enrolled for a PhD with LSHTM. My PhD is focused on treatment adherence in young people living with HIV using an electronic pill monitoring device. I will be using an electronic pill dispenser called the Wisepill RT2000 dispenser, as an intervention to try and improve antiretroviral therapy adherence in young people aged 16-24 years living with HIV with high viral load >1000 copies/ml.