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 (LSHTM) to undertake my doctoral training, funded through a Wellcome Trust clinical tropical training fellowship.

I am based in Harare, Zimbabwe where I direct the Zim-LSHTM Research Partnership (, a partnership between the LSHTM and the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

I am a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science and an honorary consultant physician in HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, London. I am also a visiting professor at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am a tutor on the HIV 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 teach on the Tropical Medicine and International Health MSc and on the DTM&H at LSHTM. I supervise 3-4 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, and Duke University, USA. I also teach on PENTA (Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS) courses. 

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 in Harare.I also mentor colleagues at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan.


My research interests include adolescent health, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and chronic disease. 

I am currently leading a cluster randomised trial across 3 provinces in Zimbabwe (CHIEDZA trial) of a community-based package of integrated HIV, sexual and reproductive health and general health services for youth aimed at improving HIV outcomes. We are also investigating novel approaches to HIV testing including targeted HIV testing strategies such as index-linked HIV testing, HIV self-testing in tertiary educational institutions and HIV testing of children by their caregivers.

My research group also conducts clinical and pathogenesis studies on chronic co-morbidities associated with HIV infection among children and adolescents, particularly lung, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease. I lead an EDCTP-funded consortium that is investigating vitamin D supplementation for improving musculoskeletal health of children with HIV.

I am the Zimbabwe lead for the FRACTURES E3 consortium that is investigating the epidemiology, economic impact and ethnography of fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are also investigating the impact of HIV infection on bone attrition in menopause.   

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Primary care
Public health
Adolescent health
Capacity strengthening
Global Health
Mobile technologies
Randomised controlled trials
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Respiratory disease
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Designing routine health check-ups for adolescents in Zimbabwe
Chingono RM; Mackworth-Young CRS; Ross DA; Tshuma M; Chiweshe T; Nyamayaro C; Sekanevana C; Doyle AM; Weiss HA; Kohl K
Journal of Adolescent Health
Feasibility and Accuracy of HIV Testing of Children by Caregivers Using Oral Mucosal Transudate HIV Tests.
Dziva Chikwari C; Simms V; Kranzer K; Dringus S; Chikodzore R; Sibanda E; Webb K; Redzo N; Mujuru H; Apollo T
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
The words we choose matter: recognising the importance of language in decolonising global health.
Hommes F; Monzó HB; Ferrand RA; Harris M; Hirsch LA; Besson EK; Manton J; Togun T; Roy RB
The Lancet Global Health
Youth-friendly HIV self-testing: Acceptability of campus-based oral HIV self-testing among young adult students in Zimbabwe.
Koris AL; Stewart KA; Ritchwood TD; Mususa D; Ncube G; Ferrand RA; McHugh G
PloS one
Factors associated with HIV infection among children in Larkana District, Pakistan: a matched case-control study.
Mir F; Nathwani AA; Simms V; Abidi SH; Siddiqui AR; Hotwani A; Memon SA; Shaikh SA; Soomro J; Shah SA
The lancet. HIV
Evaluation of the InTray and Compact Dry culture systems for the diagnosis of urinary tract infections in patients presenting to primary health clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Olaru ID; Elamin W; Chisenga M; Malou N; Piton J; Yeung S; Ferrand RA; Hopkins H; Chonzi P; Masunda KPE
European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology
Prevalence of ESBL-producing <i>Escherichia coli</i> in adults with and without HIV presenting with urinary tract infections to primary care clinics in Zimbabwe.
Olaru ID; Ferrand RA; Chisenga M; Yeung S; Macrae B; Chonzi P; Stabler RA; Hopkins H; Mabey D; Masunda KPE
JAC-antimicrobial resistance
'I was trying to get there, but I couldn't': social norms, vulnerability and lived experiences of home delivery in Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe.
Webb KA; Mavhu W; Langhaug L; Chitiyo V; Matyanga P; Charashika P; Patel D; Prost A; Ferrand RA; Bernays S
Health policy and planning
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