Dr Webster Mavhu


Webster joined LSTM on January 1st 2017 as an honorary research fellow.

He became a senior lecturer and then Reader in Global Health and Social Science. He is a social scientist with considerable experience in HIV and SRH implementation research, including generating key evidence for scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa. Webster has a keen interest in adolescence and masculinities. He has also done some work on maternal and child health.


PhD Social Science (2014; University College London)

MA Development Studies (2004; Leeds University)


Webster teaches some MSc Global Health modules.

Since 2012, Webster has served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) Zimbabwe. Webster has also served as a co-PI and PI on some research projects including: the Friendship Bench for adolescents: evaluating strategies for scaling interventions to treat common mental disorders among adolescents in Zimbabwe

Impact evaluation of the Zvandiri programme ; a comprehensive community-based programme of psychosocial care for HIV infected adolescents. Determining its impact on ART retention and adherence, psychosocial well being and sexual health.

Evaluation of models developed and deployed for the VMMC “catch-up” and transition to the “sustainability” phases in order to provide evidence to key stakeholders on approaches that can be replicated in Zimbabwe and other priority countries.


Selected publications