Dr Jenny Renju


Assistant Professor
of Epidemiology

Based overseas

Keppel Street
United Kingdom


I a public health practionner with a Masters in public health and a PhD in my work surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).  I am based in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  In addition to my research primarily focused on HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes.  I am involved in building capacity in research, epidemiology and public health across the East African region, I have also been involved in the establishment of the Insitute of Public Health at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo).   I have international research experience in the field of sexual and social behaviour, HIV/AIDS, Family planning, reproductive health, design of research studies and interventions and the link between research and policy formulation and implementation.   I have worked in across East and Southern Africa for the past 15 years.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I currently coordinate an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at KCMUCo and teach on the Epidemiology Modules.  I am a DL tutor on EPM103- Practical Epidemiology.  I supervise MSc students from LSHTM and undergraduate, MPH, MSc students and PhD candidates registered at KCMUCo.  


I am a co-PI on a research project to Strengthen Health systems to enable policy for Universal test and treat (SHAPE UTT), this is a three country mixed methods study to learn lessons from the scale up of life long antiretroviral treatment for HIV positive pregnant mothers to apply to the roll our of test and treat policies for the general population.  This is a three year MRC/DFID grant  which began in January 2017.  I am part of the "Bottlenecks study" which was a Gates funded grant as part of the ALPHA network to qualitatively explore the lived experiences of people living with HIV all along the cascade of care.  I also work on the THRiVE-2 Wellcome trust capacity strengthening grant and support KCMUCo in the development of their research agenda.  This has begun with the establishment of research groups.

In partnership with the Insitute of Public Health at KCMUCo, I am also involved in the evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates improved documentation of vaccination programme in Tanzania

I have been involved in a feasbility study to improve screening for hypertension in Tanzania, through using public-private partnerships and continue to support a phD applicant to continue pursuing this line of research. 

I am interested in developing proposals for reasearch into strategies to improve menstrual hygiene management for adolescents in Tanzania and am working with a local NGO to conduct a feasibility study into the potentials of the menstrual cup.

Research Area
Health systems
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Capacity strengthening
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Operational research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted disease
Non-communicable diseases
Sexually transmitted infection
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Effectiveness of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission programmes in Kilimanjaro region, northern Tanzania
Mwendo, E.M.; Mtuy, T.B.; Renju, J.; Rutherford, G.W.; Nondi, J.; Sichalwe, A.W.; Todd, J.
Tropical Medicine & International Health
Dusty discos and dangerous desires: community perceptions of adolescent sexual and reproductive health risks and vulnerability and the potential role of parents in rural Mwanza, Tanzania.
Remes, P. ; Renju, J. ; Nyalali, K. ; Medard, L. ; Kimaryo, M. ; Changalucha, J. ; Obasi, A. ; Wight, D. ;
Cult Health Sex
Partnering to proceed: scaling up adolescent sexual reproductive health programmes in Tanzania. Operational research into the factors that influenced local government uptake and implementation.
Renju, J. ; Makokha, M. ; Kato, C. ; Medard, L. ; Andrew, B. ; Remes, P. ; Changalucha, J. ; Obasi, A. ;
Health Res Policy Syst
Scaling up a school-based sexual and reproductive health intervention in rural Tanzania: a process evaluation describing the implementation realities for the teachers.
Renju, J. ; Nyalali, K. ; Andrew, B. ; Kishamawe, C. ; Kimaryo, M. ; Remes, P. ; Changalucha, J. ; Obasi, A. ;
Health Educ Res
A process evaluation of the scale up of a youth-friendly health services initiative in northern Tanzania.
Renju, J. ; Andrew, B. ; Nyalali, K. ; Kishamawe, C. ; Kato, C. ; Changalucha, J. ; Obasi, A. ;
J Int AIDS Soc
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