Professor Rashida Ferrand


International Health

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 207 927 2577

+44 (20) 7612 7860

I obtained my primary medical degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and following postgraduate training in internal medicine and clinical specialist training in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health, I joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to undertake my doctoral training, funded through a Wellcome Trust clinical tropical training fellowship. I currently hold a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science. 

Since 2007, I have been mainly based in Harare, Zimbabwe where I lead a research group conducting clinical and epidemiological studies on HIV infection in older children and adolescents. In Harare, I am hosted by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI). I am an Honorary Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, London.


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am the Module Organiser for the AIDS MSc module and am also a tutor on the AIDS module for the Distance-based Learning MSc. I currently supervise 4 PhD students as a primary supervisor and am an associate supervisor for a further 3 students. I supervise 2-3 MSc students at LSHTM per annum, as well as post-graduate and post-doctoral students from international academic institutions who are attached to my group through collaborations e.g. from the University of Oxford, University of Tromso, Duke University. 

I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in public health and clinical medicine at the University of Zimbabwe and teach on research methods courses at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute. Harare. I contribute to training courses in the southern African region. I also support academic activities at the Dept of HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust.


My research focuses on investigating strategies to improve outcomes across the HIV care cascade. I am leading a cluster randomised trial in Zimbabwe to investigate an integrated  community-based intervention incorporating HIV testing, support for linkage to care and adherence to treatment and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people. We are also investigating novel approaches to HIV testing including targeted HIV testing strategies such as index-linked HIV testing incentives, HIV self-testing and assisted self-testing for children (parents testing their children). 

My research group also conducts studies on chronic, longterm co-morbidities associated with HIV infection among children and adolescents, particularly HIV-associated lung, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease. I am leading a multi-country RCT of azithromycin for treatment of HIV-associated chronic lung disease. 

We collaborate with the University of Oxford, the Univerity of Cape Town and the University of Tromso, on studies to investigate the immunogenetic correlates of slow progression of HIV infection in children and the pathogenesis of chronic complications. 


Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Primary care
Public health
Adolescent health
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Respiratory disease
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Cardiac disease in adolescents with delayed diagnosis of vertically-acquired HIV infection.
Miller, R.F.; Kaski, J.P.; Hakim, J.; Matenga, J.; Nathoo, K.; Munyati, S.; Desai, S.R.; Corbett, E.L.; Ferrand, R.A.;
Clin Infect Dis
Chronic Lung Disease in Adolescents with Delayed Diagnosis of Vertically-Acquired HIV Infection.
Ferrand, R.A.; Desai, S.R.; Hopkins, C.; Elston, C.M.; Copley, S.J.; Nathoo, K.; Ndhlovu, C.E.; Munyati, S.; Barker, R.D.; Miller, R.F.; Bandason, T.; Wells, A.U.; Corbett, E.L.;
Clin Infect Dis
A primary care level algorithm for identifying HIV-infected adolescents in populations at high risk through mother-to-child transmission
Ferrand, R.A.; Weiss, H.A.; Nathoo, K.; Ndhlovu, C.E.; Mungofa, S.; Munyati, S.; Bandason, T.; Gibb, D.M.; Corbett, E.L.
Tropical Medicine & International Health
Perception of Risk of Vertically Acquired HIV Infection and Acceptability of Provider-Initiated Testing and Counseling Among Adolescents in Zimbabwe.
Ferrand, R.A. ; Trigg, C. ; Bandason, T. ; Ndhlovu, C.E. ; Mungofa, S. ; Nathoo, K. ; Gibb, D.M. ; Cowan, F.M. ; Corbett, E.L. ;
Am J Public Health
Causes of acute hospitalization in adolescence: burden and spectrum of HIV-related morbidity in a country with an early-onset and severe HIV epidemic: a prospective survey.
Ferrand, R.A.; Bandason, T.; Musvaire, P.; Larke, N.; Nathoo, K.; Mujuru, H.; Ndhlovu, C.E.; Munyati, S.; Cowan, F.M.; Gibb, D.M.; Corbett, E.L.;
PLoS Med
Survey of children accessing HIV services in a high prevalence setting: time for adolescents to count?
Ferrand, R.; Lowe, S.; Whande, B.; Munaiwa, L.; Langhaug, L.; Cowan, F.; Mugurungi, O.; Gibb, D.; Munyati, S.; Williams, B.G.; Corbett, E.L.;
Bull World Health Organ
Undiagnosed HIV infection among adolescents seeking primary health care in Zimbabwe.
Ferrand, R.A. ; Munaiwa, L. ; Matsekete, J. ; Bandason, T. ; Nathoo, K. ; Ndhlovu, C.E. ; Munyati, S. ; Cowan, F.M. ; Gibb, D.M. ; Corbett, E.L. ;
Clin Infect Dis
AIDS among older children and adolescents in Southern Africa: projecting the time course and magnitude of the epidemic.
Ferrand, R.A.; Corbett, E.L.; Wood, R.; Hargrove, J.; Ndhlovu, C.E.; Cowan, F.M.; Gouws, E.; Williams, B.G.;
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