Dr Nambusi Kyegombe


Associate Professor
of Social Science and Global Health

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with 19 years of experience working in global health and development.  I have a development studies background and a keen interest in the bi-directional relationship between health and poverty (and other social and structural drivers of morbidity) from a global health perspective. I hold an MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management from the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham as well as an MSc in Demography and Health from LSHTM. My PHD research at LSHTM examined the socioeconomic impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy on household livelihoods in Uganda.

Before joining LSHTM, I worked as a Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute in London. I am affiliated with the Gender Violence and Health Centre which is part of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME) in the Department of Global Health and Development (GHD). 

I sit on the Strategic Leadership Team of The Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, & Child Health (MARCH) and co-lead the A=Adolescents theme.  I am also an Associate Editor for Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters and BMC Women and sit on the high risk observational study ethics board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


MRC - Uganda
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development


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


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I enjoy teaching on a number of face-to-face and distance learning courses in the Faculties of Public Health and Policy and Infectious and Tropical Diseases.  I am module organiser of Principles and Practice of Health Promotion and co-organiser of the GVHC short course Researching Gender Based Violence: Methods and Meaning.  I supervise two LSHTM PhD students and a number of MSc students enrolled on both London-based and Distance Learning MSc programmes.


My research  focuses on the evaluation of interventions to prevent violence, and formative research to better understand the causes and contexts in which violence occurs. I led the qualitative evaluation of a number of trials and interventions including the Jigisémèjiri cash transfer programme in Mali, a randomised controlled trial of the Good School Toolkit in Uganda, and  the qualitative evaluation of SASA! a community mobilisation intervention designed to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk-related behaviours.  

My current research focuses on adolescent girls and young women and their vulnerability to violence.  I am a member of STRIVE's multi-country ( Transactional Sex Working Group through which we work to improve the definition and measurement of transactional sex.  This relates closely to my work with the inter-regional Learning Initiative on Norms Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) ( through which I explore the potential of social norms approaches to reduce adolescent vulnerability to transactional sex and sexual exploitation.  Related to this is primary research that I lead concerning adolescent girls and modern slavery in fragile contexts and humanitarian settings with the intention of improving evidence to inform interventions to reduce adolescent girls' vulnerability.  I am also developing a body of research on the vulnerability of female child domestic workers in South East Asia to exploitation and violence.  This ambitious project will first seek to synthesise what is currently known about the exploitation and violence experienced by child domestic workers before convening a forum of experts to collaborate and design a programme of research intended to provide good quality evidence to inform intervention and policy action.

More broadly, my research interests centre on social and structural determinants of health. I am particularly motivated by action-oriented research to inform interventions and positive change.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Global Health
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Development studies
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
South Africa
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Evaluations of Interventions with Child Domestic Workers: A Rapid Systematic Review
Kyegombe N; Pocock NS; Chan CW; Blagbrough J; Zimmerman C
International journal of environmental research and public health
Developing Experimental Vignettes to Identify Gender Norms Associated With Transactional Sex for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Central Uganda.
Stoebenau K; Kyegombe N; Bingenheimer JB; Ddumba-Nyanzi I; Mulindwa J
Journal of Adolescent Health
Improving the Measurement of Transactional Sex in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Review.
Wamoyi J; Ranganathan M; Kyegombe N; Stoebenau K
JAIDS-Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Translating DREAMS into practice: Early lessons from implementation in six settings.
Chimbindi N; Birdthistle I; Shahmanesh M; Osindo J; Mushati P; Ondeng'e K; Zuma T; Chiyaka T; Kyegombe N; Hargreaves J
Implementation of the Good School Toolkit in Uganda: a quantitative process evaluation of a successful violence prevention program.
Knight L; Allen E; Mirembe A; Nakuti J; Namy S; Child JC; Sturgess J; Kyegombe N; Walakira EJ; Elbourne D
BMC public health
Examining diffusion to understand the how of SASA!, a violence against women and HIV prevention intervention in Uganda.
Starmann E; Heise L; Kyegombe N; Devries K; Abramsky T; Michau L; Musuya T; Watts C; Collumbien M
BMC public health
Reducing Physical Violence Toward Primary School Students With Disabilities.
Devries K; Kuper H; Knight L; Allen E; Kyegombe N; Banks LM; Kelly S; Naker D
The Journal of adolescent health
Witnessing intimate partner violence and child maltreatment in Ugandan children: a cross-sectional survey.
Devries KM; Knight L; Child JC; Kyegombe N; Hossain M; Lees S; Watts C; Naker D
BMJ open
Ecological pathways to prevention: How does the SASA! community mobilisation model work to prevent physical intimate partner violence against women?
Abramsky T; Devries KM; Michau L; Nakuti J; Musuya T; Kiss L; Kyegombe N; Watts C
BMC public health
The impact of SASA!, a community mobilisation intervention, on women's experiences of intimate partner violence: secondary findings from a cluster randomised trial in Kampala, Uganda.
Abramsky T; Devries KM; Michau L; Nakuti J; Musuya T; Kyegombe N; Watts C
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Exploring Couples' Processes of Change in the Context of SASA!, a Violence Against Women and HIV Prevention Intervention in Uganda.
Starmann E; Collumbien M; Kyegombe N; Devries K; Michau L; Musuya T; Watts C; Heise L
Prevention science
The Good School Toolkit for reducing physical violence from school staff to primary school students: a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Uganda.
Devries KM; Knight L; Child JC; Mirembe A; Nakuti J; Jones R; Sturgess J; Allen E; Kyegombe N; Parkes J
The Lancet Global health
What is the potential for interventions designed to prevent violence against women to reduce children's exposure to violence? Findings from the SASA! study, Kampala, Uganda.
Kyegombe N; Abramsky T; Devries KM; Michau L; Nakuti J; Starmann E; Musuya T; Heise L; Watts C
Child abuse & neglect
Violence against primary school children with disabilities in Uganda: a cross-sectional study.
Devries KM; Kyegombe N; Zuurmond M; Parkes J; Child JC; Walakira EJ; Naker D
BMC public health
The impact of SASA!, a community mobilization intervention, on reported HIV-related risk behaviours and relationship dynamics in Kampala, Uganda.
Kyegombe N; Abramsky T; Devries KM; Starmann E; Michau L; Nakuti J; Musuya T; Heise L; Watts C
Journal of the International AIDS Society
The effects of an HIV project on HIV and non-HIV services at local government clinics in urban Kampala.
Matsubayashi T; Manabe YC; Etonu A; Kyegombe N; Muganzi A; Coutinho A; Peters DH
BMC international health and human rights
The impact on nurses and nurse managers of introducing PEPFAR clinical services in urban government clinics in Uganda.
Nankumbi J; Groves S; Leontsini E; Kyegombe N; Coutinho A; Manabe Y
BMC international health and human rights
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