Euphemia  Sibanda, PhD

Euphemia Sibanda, PhD

HIGH IRI Fellow | Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK), Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research (Zimbabwe)

Euphemia Sibanda, PhD, is an epidemiologist at Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe). She has a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer of Global Health and Epidemiology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. She is based in Zimbabwe, where she is a Project Director leading a portfolio of implementation research studies in the fields of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive health. She trained as a pharmacist at University of Zimbabwe and has a PhD in Public Health from University College London.

Much of Dr. Sibanda’s previous and current work is aimed at evaluating interventions for improving the uptake of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in Zimbabwe. She has confidence in using both epidemiological and qualitative methods in health research. In the past seven years she has been an investigator on projects evaluating interventions for improving HIV testing, including a cluster randomised trial of non-financial incentives for couples HIV testing. She was the local Zimbabwe PI for the STAR consortium, a multi-country collaboration of researchers and implementers who aimed to catalyse markets for HIV self-testing and provide evidence to guide its scale-up in Southern Africa. She is PI of a study that is evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of self-sampling and self-testing for COVID-19 in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Dr Sibanda is a 2018 recipient of the MRC/DFID African Research Leader (ARL) Fellowship, a competitively awarded fellowship that seeks to develop research careers of talented African researchers.