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Joanna Busza

BA MSc

Associate Professor
in Sexual & Reproductive Health

Room
216

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
(44) (0)20 7927 2399

Joanna Busza is Director, Centre for Evaluation and Associate Professor in Sexual & Reproductive Health. Her academic focus is applied research, including the design and evaluation of targeted, community-based sexual and reproductive health interventions. She has particular expertise in the use of qualitative and participatory methods, both in conducting research and as a means to create enabling social environments for risk reduction.

Joanna has over 25 years' international research experience in the fields of HIV, sexual and reproductive behaviour, and the social determinants of risk among vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, particularly sex workers and mobile populations. She recently returned from living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2013-2018), where she provided technical support to establish the national Maternal Death Surveillance & Response system and conducted a process evaluation of a safe migration programme for women seeking domestic labour abroad.

Joanna Busza joined LSHTM in 2001. She completed the MSc Medical Demography at LSHTM in 1997. Prior to that, she worked for reproductive health and human rights NGOs in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and did an undergraduate degree in Political Science.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

Joanna conducts training in research, monitoring, and evaluation skills for NGO and other institutions based in developing countries. She also develops and conducts short training packages on a range of topics including behaviour change interventions, reaching marginalised populations, and using participatory approaches. She recently helepd design Ethiopia's national training curricula for Maternal Death Surveillance and Response, and helped set up a "cascade" training programme that has now reached 1500+ health professionals.

At LSHTM, Joanna has taught on Social Epidemiology, Family Planning Programmes, Foundations in Reproductive Health, and Research Design and Analysis.

Research

Joanna currently works on mixed-method process and impact evaluations of several HIV prevention and treatment programmes for female sex workers and high risk adolescents in Zimbabwe, and co-leads the Migration and Health Research Action Group in Ethiopia (MiHRAGE), an interdiciplinary collaboration funded through the Medical Academy of Sciences. She is also part of a capacity building team supporting Ethiopian public health professionals strengthen their researh and data management skills.

 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health services research
Maternal health
Quality improvement
Risk
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Health workers
Behaviour change
Evaluation
Gender
Migration
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Anthropology
Demography
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Ethiopia
Zimbabwe
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Enhancing national prevention and treatment services for sex workers in Zimbabwe: a process evaluation of the SAPPH-IRe trial.
Busza J; Chiyaka T; Musemburi S; Fearon E; Davey C; Chabata S; Mushati P; Dirawo J; Napierala S; Phillips AN
2019
Health policy and planning
The role of community health workers in improving HIV treatment outcomes in children: lessons learned from the ZENITH trial in Zimbabwe.
Busza J; Dauya E; Bandason T; Simms V; Chikwari CD; Makamba M; Mchugh G; Munyati S; Chonzi P; Ferrand RA
2018
Health policy and planning
"It is not possible to go inside and have a discussion": how fear of stigma affects delivery of community-based support for children's HIV care.
Busza J; Simms V; Dziva Chikwari C; Dauya E; Bandason T; Makamba M; McHugh G; Ferrand RA
2018
AIDS care
Reaching young women who sell sex: Methods and results of social mapping to describe and identify young women for DREAMS impact evaluation in Zimbabwe.
Chiyaka T; Mushati P; Hensen B; Chabata S; Hargreaves JR; Floyd S; Birdthistle IJ; Cowan FM; Busza JR
2018
PloS one
Community health worker support to improve HIV treatment outcomes for older children and adolescents in Zimbabwe: a process evaluation of the ZENITH trial.
Dziva Chikwari C; Simms V; Busza J; Dauya E; Bandason T; Chonzi P; Munyati S; Mujuru H; Ferrand RA
2018
Implementation science
Good news for sex workers in Zimbabwe: how a court order improved safety in the absence of decriminalization.
Busza J; Mtetwa S; Fearon E; Hofisi D; Mundawarara T; Yekeye R; Magure T; Mugurungi O; Cowan F
2017
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Falling through the gaps: how should HIV programmes respond to families that persistently deny treatment to children?
Busza J; Strode A; Dauya E; Ferrand RA
2016
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Underage and underserved: reaching young women who sell sex in Zimbabwe.
Busza J; Mtetwa S; Mapfumo R; Hanisch D; Wong-Gruenwald R; Cowan F
2016
AIDS care
Providing comprehensive health services for young key populations: needs, barriers and gaps.
Delany-Moretlwe S; Cowan FM; Busza J; Bolton-Moore C; Kelley K; Fairlie L
2015
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Triple jeopardy: Adolescent experiences of sex work and migration in Zimbabwe.
Busza J; Mtetwa S; Chirawu P; Cowan F
2014
Health & place
Meeting the needs of adolescents living with HIV through home based care: Lessons learned from Tanzania
Busza J; Besana GVR; Mapunda P; Oliveras E
2014
Children and youth services review
Injecting behaviour and service use among young injectors in Albania, Moldova, Romania and Serbia.
Busza J; Douthwaite M; Bani R; Scutelniciuc O; Preda M; Simic D
2013
The International journal on drug policy
"You are wasting our drugs": health service barriers to HIV treatment for sex workers in Zimbabwe
Mtetwa S; Busza J; Chidiya S; Mungofa S; Cowan F
2013
BMC public health
Street-based adolescents at high risk of HIV in Ukraine.
Busza JR; Balakireva OM; Teltschik A; Bondar TV; Sereda YV; Meynell C; Sakovych O
2011
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Trafficking and health.
Busza J; Castle S; Diarra A
2004
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
From competition to community: learning and action among sex workers in Cambodia
Busza J; Shchunter BT
2001
Reproductive health matters
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