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 am a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science. 

I am based in Harare, Zimbabwe where I head a research group conducting clinical and epidemiological studies on sexual health and HIV in adolescents and young people. 

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.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


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 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 in Harare. 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 currently leading a cluster randomised trial 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 studies on chronic 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 HIV-associated chronic complications. 

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

Chronic comorbidities in children and adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa in the era of antiretroviral therapy.
Frigati LJ; Ameyan W; Cotton MF; Gregson CL; Hoare J; Jao J; Majonga ED; Myer L; Penazzato M; Rukuni R
Lancet Child and Adolescent Health
Engagement of private healthcare providers for case finding of tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus in Pakistan.
Habib SS; Rafiq S; Jamal WZ; Ayub SM; Ferrand RA; Khan A; Zaidi SMA
BMC health services research
Evaluation of computer aided detection of tuberculosis on chest radiography among people with diabetes in Karachi Pakistan.
Habib SS; Rafiq S; Zaidi SMA; Ferrand RA; Creswell J; Van Ginneken B; Jamal WZ; Azeemi KS; Khowaja S; Khan A
Scientific Reports
Carotid intima media thickness in older children and adolescents with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy.
Majonga ED; Chiesa ST; McHugh G; Mujuru H; Nathoo K; Odland JO; Kaski JP; Ferrand RA
Assessment of antimicrobial use and prescribing practices among pediatric inpatients in Zimbabwe.
Olaru ID; Meierkord A; Godman B; Ngwenya C; Fitzgerald F; Dondo V; Ferrand RA; Kranzer K
Journal of chemotherapy (Florence, Italy)
Adolescents' and caregivers' perceptions of caregiver-provided testing and HIV self-testing using oral mucosal transudate tests in Zimbabwe: a short report.
Rainer C; Chihota B; Dziva Chikwari C; McHugh G; Dauya E; Mujuru H; Ferrand RA; Stewart KA
AIDS Care: psychological and socio-medical aspects of AIDS-HIV
Investigation of an extensive outbreak of HIV infection among children in Sindh, Pakistan: protocol for a matched case-control study.
Siddiqui AR; Ali Nathwani A; Abidi SH; Mahmood SF; Azam I; Sawani S; Kazi AM; Hotwani A; Memon SA; Soomro J
BMJ Open
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