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Dr Victoria Simms

BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

11 Routledge Road
Harare
Zimbabwe

I am a statistical epidemiologist with the Zimbabwe LSHTM Research Partnership and a member of the MRC International Statistics and Epidemiology Group (ISEG).

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Teaching

I teach on the Distance Learning Epidemiology programme and I am a Module Organiser of the Data Management module CTM205 in the Clinical Trials MSc.

Research

I work on randomised controlled trials and observational studies in the areas of HIV, mental health and adherence to antiretroviral therapy, for children, adolescents and adults.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health services research
Sanitation
Adolescent health
Health workers
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Epidemiology
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Trachoma
Tuberculosis
Country
The Gambia
India
Kenya
Malawi
Rwanda
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Comparison of index-linked HIV testing for children and adolescents in health facility and community settings in Zimbabwe: findings from the interventional B-GAP study.
Dziva Chikwari C; Simms V; Kranzer K; Dringus S; Chikodzore R; Sibanda E; Webb K; Engelsmann B; Redzo N; Bandason T
2020
The lancet HIV
Effect of Once-Weekly Azithromycin vs Placebo in Children With HIV-Associated Chronic Lung Disease: The BREATHE Randomized Clinical Trial.
Ferrand RA; McHugh G; Rehman AM; Mujuru H; Simms V; Majonga ED; Nicol MP; Flaegstad T; Gutteberg TJ; Gonzalez-Martinez C
2020
JAMA Netw Open
The impact of common mental disorders among caregivers living with HIV on child cognitive development in Zimbabwe.
Mebrahtu H; Sherr L; Simms V; Weiss HA; Chingono R; Rehman AM; Ndlovu P; Cowan FM
2020
AIDS Care: psychological and socio-medical aspects of AIDS-HIV
The effect of community-based support for caregivers on the risk of virological failure in children and adolescents with HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe (ZENITH): an open-label, randomised controlled trial
Simms V; Dauya E; Bandason T; McHugh G; Mujuru H; Chonzi P; Busza J; Kranzer K; Munyati S; Weiss H
2020
Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health facility-based and community-based index-linked HIV testing strategies for children: protocol for the B-GAP study in Zimbabwe.
Dziva Chikwari C; Simms V; Dringus S; Kranzer K; Bandason T; Vasantharoopan A; Chikodzore R; Sibanda E; Mutseta M; Webb K
2019
BMJ Open
Effects of parenting classes and economic strengthening for caregivers on the cognition of HIV-exposed infants: a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial in rural Zimbabwe.
Mebrahtu H; Simms V; Mupambireyi Z; Rehman AM; Chingono R; Matsikire E; Malaba R; Weiss HA; Ndlovu P; Cowan FM
2019
BMJ Global Health
HIV infection predominantly affecting children in Sindh, Pakistan, 2019: a cross-sectional study of an outbreak.
Mir F; Mahmood F; Siddiqui AR; Baqi S; Abidi SH; Kazi AM; Nathwani AA; Ladhani A; Qamar FN; Soofi SB
2019
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Unexpectedly High Prevalence of Cytomegalovirus DNAemia in Older Children and Adolescents With Perinatally Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection.
Yindom L-M; Simms V; Majonga ED; McHugh G; Dauya E; Bandason T; Vincon H; Rylance J; Munyati S; Ferrand RA
2019
Clinical infectious diseases
Trained lay health workers reduce common mental disorder symptoms of adults with suicidal ideation in Zimbabwe: a cohort study.
Munetsi E; Simms V; Dzapasi L; Chapoterera G; Goba N; Gumunyu T; Weiss HA; Verhey R; Abas M; Araya R
2018
BMC public health
CD4+ cell count recovery following initiation of HIV antiretroviral therapy in older childhood and adolescence.
Simms V; Rylance S; Bandason T; Dauya E; McHugh G; Munyati S; Mujuru H; Rowland-Jones SL; Weiss HA; Ferrand RA
2018
AIDS (London, England)
The effect of community-based support for caregivers on the risk of virological failure in children and adolescents with HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe (ZENITH): an open-label, randomised controlled trial.
Ferrand RA; Simms V; Dauya E; Bandason T; Mchugh G; Mujuru H; Chonzi P; Busza J; Kranzer K; Munyati S
2017
Lancet Child Adolesc Health
Economic incentives for HIV testing by adolescents in Zimbabwe: a randomised controlled trial.
Kranzer K; Simms V; Bandason T; Dauya E; McHugh G; Munyati S; Chonzi P; Dakshina S; Mujuru H; Weiss HA
2017
The lancet HIV
Effect of a Primary Care-Based Psychological Intervention on Symptoms of Common Mental Disorders in Zimbabwe: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Chibanda D; Weiss HA; Verhey R; Simms V; Munjoma R; Rusakaniko S; Chingono A; Munetsi E; Bere T; Manda E
2016
JAMA
Clinical presentation, biochemical, and haematological parameters and their association with outcome in patients with Ebola virus disease: an observational cohort study.
Hunt L; Gupta-Wright A; Simms V; Tamba F; Knott V; Tamba K; Heisenberg-Mansaray S; Tamba E; Sheriff A; Conteh S
2015
The Lancet infectious diseases
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