Dr Euphemia L. Sibanda

Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Epidemiology

Project Director at CeSHHAR Zimbabwe

Euphemia is an implementation science researcher who is based at Centre for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) Zimbabwe, where she leads a portfolio of operational research studies on HIV and sexual & reproductive health. She joined LSTM as an honorary research fellow in December 2016 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Epidemiology in March 2019


BPHARM (HONS); University of Zimbabwe (2001)

MSc Public Health (Health Services Research); London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2009)

PhD Public Health ; University College London, 2014

Euphemia has worked in HIV research since 2004. Much of her work has been implementation science research aimed at evaluating interventions at various points of the HIV continuum of care, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV testing and adoption of treatment and prevention strategies. In her evaluations, Euphemia has employed various research designs including individually randomised trials, cluster-randomised trials, and quasi-experimental studies, which almost always have built-in process evaluations involving qualitative research, which Euphemia is also comfortable with. Costing and cost-effectiveness analysis have also been important components of the studies Euphemia leads. Her research has included general populations in rural and urban communities and female sex workers.

Euphemia is a 2018 recipient of the MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship

Specific selected research projects

Principal Investigator: An investigation of interventions to increase uptake of HIV self-testing and linkage to post-test services among higher education students in Zimbabwe (2019-2022, funded by MRC/DFID)

Principal investigator (Zimbabwe Site): Comparison of self-testing outcomes between models that are driven by communities and those led by paid distributors: a cluster randomised trial in rural Zimbabwe communities (2018-2019, funded by Unitaid)

Co-investigator: a cluster randomised trial of interventions to improve linkage to care following community-based distribution of HIV self-test kits in rural Zimbabwean communities (2015-2017, funded by Unitaid)

Principal investigator: Effect of non-monetary incentives on uptake of couples’counselling and testing among clients attending mobile HIV services in rural Zimbabwe: a cluster-randomised trial (2015-2017, funded by DFID through PSI Zimbabwe)

Part of the team evaluating the Zimbabwe national prevention of mother to child transmission program.


Systematic literature reviewing, Basic epidemiology, research methods, qualitative research.

Selected publications

  • Sibanda EL, Tumushime M, Mufuka J, Mavedzenge SN, Gudukeya S, Bautista-Arredondo S, et al. Effect of non-monetary incentives on uptake of couples' counselling and testing among clients attending mobile HIV services in rural Zimbabwe: a cluster-randomised trial. Lancet Glob Health 2017,5:e907-e915

    Indravudh P, Sibanda EL, D’Elbée M, Kumwenda M, Ringwald B, et al. Investigating young people’s preferences for HIV self-testing in Malawi and Zimbabwe: a mixed methods study. AIDS 2017, 31 (Suppl 3):S203–S212

    Sibanda E.L.; Weller I.V.D., Hakim J.G.;Cowan F.M. “The magnitude of loss to follow-up of HIV-exposed infants along the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission continuum of care: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” AIDS. Nov 2013; 27 (17): 2787–279

    Full publication list here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1PgG1XDbtIAQX/bibliography/public/