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 completed my postgraduate training in internal medicine and clinical specialist training in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health in London.

I undertook a Distance-Based Learning Masters in Epidemiology at LSHTM while working as a clinical lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School. My PhD, funded through a Wellcome Trust clinical tropical training fellowship, investigated the clinical epidemiology of adolescents with vertically-acquired HIV. 

I have been based in Harare, Zimbabwe for 20 years, where I established and direct The Health Research Unit Zimbabwe (THRU ZIM:, embedded within the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI). 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.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am the Director of the Wellcome-funded Africa Health Research Training Programme (CREATE), which will train 50 doctoral students from the UK and from Africa in global health.  

I am a tutor on the HIV module for the Distance-based Learning MSc. I currently supervise 3 PhD and 1 DrPH students as a primary supervisor and am an associate supervisor for a further 6 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 Zimbabwe and international academic institutions who are attached to THRU ZIM.

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 (SRH) including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), chronic disease and multimorbidity. 

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.I also work on evaluation of multimorbidity prevention, screening and care packages for different population groups including adolescents, health care workers and people living with HIV

We investigate strategies to promote a shift away from syndromic to aetiological approaches for STI management including STI testing in HIV and antenatal care services and in commununty-based settings.

My research group conducts clinical and pathogenesis studies on chronic co-morbidities associated with HIV infection among children and adolescents and adults particularly lung, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease. I lead an EDCTP-funded consortium (VITALITY: that is investigating high-dose vitamin D and calcium 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 fragility fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa.We are investigating the clinical phenotype and drivers of cardiac disease in children growing up with HIV.



Research Area
Clinical care
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Public health
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Capacity strengthening
Global Health
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Infectious disease
Non-communicable diseases
Respiratory disease
Sexually transmitted infection
The Gambia
South Africa
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Psychological distress among healthcare workers accessing occupational health services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe.
Chingono RMS; Nzvere FP; Marambire ET; Makwembere M; Mhembere N; Herbert T; Maunganidze AJV; Pasi C; Chiwanga M; Chonzi P
Comprehensive psychiatry
Improving Experiences of the Menopause for Women in Zimbabwe and South Africa: Co-Producing an Information Resource
Drew S; Khutsoane K; Buwu N; Gregson CL; Micklesfield LK; Ferrand RA; Gooberman-Hill R
Social Sciences
Antibiotics and the Biopolitics of Sex Work in Zimbabwe.
Manyau S; Dixon J; Mutukwa N; Kandiye F; Palanco Lopez P; MacPherson EE; Ferrand RA; Chandler CIR
Medical anthropology
\"It was difficult to offer same day results\": evaluation of community-based point-of-care testing for sexually transmitted infections among youth using the GeneXpert platform in Zimbabwe.
Martin K; Dziva Chikwari C; Mackworth-Young CRS; Chisenga M; Bandason T; Dauya E; Olaru ID; Francis SC; Mavodza C; Nzombe P
BMC Health Services Research
Knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to antibiotic use and resistance among prescribers from public primary healthcare facilities in Harare, Zimbabwe
Olaru ID; Ferrand RA; Yeung S; Chingono R; Chonzi P; Masunda KPE; Dixon J; Kranzer K
Wellcome Open Research
Integration of a menstrual health intervention in a community-based sexual and reproductive health service for young people in Zimbabwe: a qualitative acceptability study.
Tembo M; Renju J; Weiss HA; Dauya E; Gweshe N; Ndlovu P; Nzombe P; Chikwari CD; Mavodza CV; Mackworth-Young CRS
BMC health services research
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