Dr Rhona Mijumbi

Senior Lecturer of Public Policy

Dr. Rhona Mijumbi is the Head of the Policy Unit at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Programme (MLW).

A seasoned research scientist and health policy analyst, she is also a senior lecturer of public policy at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

Rhona is also a Senior Research Fellow with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), USA, a Research Fellow of the University of Johannesburg’s Africa Center for Evidence (ACE), South Africa, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine and the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at Makerere University, Uganda. She is the incoming chair of the Africa Evidence Network, a prestigious network that brings together practitioners at the science-to-policy nexus in Africa.

Before joining LSTM and MLW, Rhona headed the Centre for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES) as its founding director, and worked for over a decade championing the evidence-to-policy field in Africa. Working with the World Health Organization and other partners, she is behind the pilot and scale-up of several science-to-policy units in government departments in Africa, the Americas including Canada and Brazil, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Rhona holds a Doctorate in Health Policy (McMaster University, Canada and Makerere University, Uganda), a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Makerere University, Uganda), a Masters in International Public Health (University of Queensland, Australia), and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda). Rhona’s work and research interests include understanding, developing and evaluating pathways at the science-policy nexus in complex policy and decision-making processes. This is especially in the context of urgent/emergency situations, health security, and health diplomacy.


Rhona's research has been around understanding, developing and evaluating pathways for science and other forms of evidence to diffuse into the policy and decision-making processes. She is especially interested in this for complex decision-making processes, for example, urgent/emergency situations, and diplomatic and security related situations. She is also involved in understanding and strengthening health research systems in Africa.


Selected publications

  • 1. Jones Catherine M, Sobngwi-Tambekou J, Mijumbi Rhona M, Hedquist Aaron, Wenham Clare, Parkhurst Justin. The Roles of Regional Organisations in Strengthening Health Research Systems in Africa: Activities, Gaps, and Future Perspectives. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2022:-. https://doi.org/10.34172/IJHPM.2022.6426
    2. Mijumbi-Deve Rhona, Jones Catherine, Juma Pamela, Sombgwi Joelle, Parkhurst Justin. Beyond the metrics of measures of Health Sciences Research performance. BMJ Global Health. 2021;6(7): e006019.
    3. Mijumbi-Deve R, Ingabire M-G, Sewankambo NK. Complexities of Knowledge Translation: Reflections from REACH-PI Uganda’s rapid response mechanism. In: Georgalakis J, Jessani N, Oronje R, Ramalingam B, editors. The social realities of knowledge for development: Sharing lessons of improving development processes with evidence. Brighton: IDS/Impact Initiative; March 2017.
    4. Mijumbi-Deve R, Sewankambo KN. A Process Evaluation to assess Contextual Factors Associated with the Uptake of a Rapid Response Service to support Health Systems’ Decision making in Uganda. International Journal of Health Policy Management. 2017;6:1-11.
    5. Mijumbi RM, Oxman AD, Panisset U, Sewankambo NK. Feasibility of a rapid response mechanism to meet policymakers’ urgent needs for research evidence about health systems in a low-income country: a case study. Implement Science. 2014;9(114).
    6. Nabyonga-Orem J, Ssengooba F, Mijumbi R, Kirunga Tashobya C, Marchal B, Criel B. Uptake of evidence in policy development: the case of user fees for health care in public health facilities in Uganda. BMC Health Services Research. 2014;14:639.
    7. Kizza Bohlin R, Mijumbi R. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: Organization and Delivery of Care. In: MacLeod S, Hill S, Koren G, Rane A, editors. Optimizing Treatment for Children in the Developing World. Cham: Springer International Publishing. p. 279-89.