Joanna Busza


Associate Professor
in Sexual & Reproductive Health


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

(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.


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


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


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.


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
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Health workers
Behaviour change
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted infection
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

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, C.D. ; Makamba, M. ; Mchugh, G. ; Munyati, S. ; Chonzi, P. ; Ferrand, R.A. ;
Health Policy Plan
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. ;
J Int AIDS Soc
Competition is not necessarily a barrier to community mobilisation among sex workers: an intervention planning assessment from Zimbabwe.
Mtetwa, S. ; Busza, J. ; Davey, C. ; Wong-Gruenwald, R. ; Cowan, F. ;
BMC Public Health
Triple jeopardy: Adolescent experiences of sex work and migration in Zimbabwe.
Busza, J. ; Mtetwa, S. ; Chirawu, P. ; Cowan, F. ;
Health Place
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