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A Focus on Zimbabwe: Using innovative ways to engage young people in science and research

Using Innovative Ways to Engage Young People in Science and Research. Public engagement initiatives in research have grown exponentially and have unveiled the immense talent and capabilities within youth across the globe.  

This event will include a keynote speech from well-known broadcaster for children & adults on the BBC and infection doctor, Dr Chris Van Tulleken and highlight examples of novel public engagement projects taking place in Zimbabwe. Project leads will have an opportunity to present their work and open the floor to a question-and-answer session to address key areas of interest.  

This is a webinar that will specifically focus on three major public engagement projects that are currently running, namely: the Youth Researchers Academy, The Art of Health Competition, and the School Engagement Programme. 


Dr Chris Van Tulleken  

Christoffer Van Tulleken is an infection doctor at University College London Hospital and an honorary associate professor at UCL in the division of infection and immunity. He also works as a broadcaster covering science and health for children and adults on the BBC (including the double BAFTA winning Operation Ouch). Much of his academic and broadcasting work focuses on conflicts of interest and research integrity 

Professor Katharina Kranzer  

Professor Katharina Kranzer is a medical microbiologist, with my primary medical degree from the Technical University Munich (Germany). Following her Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom in the UK, she did her clinical specialist training in medical microbiology in London. From 2015-2018, she headed the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in Germany, which also serves as a WHO Supranational Reference Laboratory for several countries in Central Asia and West Africa. 

Katharina undertook a Masters in Epidemiology (distance learning) and a Masters in Tropical Medicine and International Health at LSHTM. From 2008-2011 she worked as a Wellcome Trust PhD fellow in Cape Town investigating the effect of active TB case finding and anti-retroviral therapy on TB epidemiology in South Africa. Katharina has worked with Prof Rashida Ferrand and the LSHTM/Zimbabwe Research partnership on adolescent health for 7 years. She has recently re-joined LSHTM and moved to Zimbabwe at the beginning of 2019.  

Mufaro Makuni  

Mufaro Makuni is a Public Engagement Coordinator with a background in social sciences. His role encompasses handling public and community engagement activities, implementing communications and dissemination strategies on multiple studies. He manages the group’s social media platforms: the Zim-LSHTM twitter accountZim-LSHTM and CHIEDZA websites, maintaining a photos and videos repository containing study activities as well as organising workshops and dissemination meetings.  

Mufaro holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Organizational Psychology and Political Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa and a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.  

Mandikudza Tembo  

Mandikudza Tembo is a public health specialist and a PhD research fellow with a focus in menstrual health management and adolescent sexual and reproductive health service delivery. Mandi is extremely passionate about women’s health, rights, and well-being. She has vast experience in coordinating and implementing interventions focusing on SRHR, addressing the needs of the LGBTQI community, and women’s health. She holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL and a BA in Public Health and Women's Gender Studies.  

Professor Rashida Ferrand  

Professor Rashida Ferrand obtained her 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, she joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

Between 2003-2005, she worked for two years as a clinical lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe and as a physician at Parirenyatwa Hospital. Since 2007, she has been based in Harare, hosted by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute where she leads the Zimbabwe-LSHTM research partnership. Their team’s focus is on HIV, Adolescent Health, Chronic non-infectious morbidities, Tuberculosis and Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance. Rashida currently holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science and she is an Honorary Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, London.  

Ethel Dauya  

Ethel Dauya is a public health specialist with 20 years of experience in research on HIV, TB and adolescent Health. She has coordinated Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 trials involving adolescents and young people for more than 10 years. She manages the CHIEDZA trial and provides oversight for other field studies in our group. Before becoming a researcher, she was a nurse manager for the Harare City Health Department.  

She has a Master's in Public Health, a degree in Community Development and diplomas in Community Nursing, Midwifery, General Nursing with certificates in Family Planning and Syndromic Management of STI. 

Tino Mavimba  

Tino Mavimba specialises in communications, marketing and design and particularly how these disciplines can be used in the effective engagement of young people. She has coordinated the branding of numerous LSHTM-Zimbabwe research projects including: The Art of Health, CHIEDZA, ERASE TB, Vitality, TAZ and MaCoCo.  

She is currently coordinating The Art of Health Competition, a national creative health competition aimed at crowdsourcing and public engagement. In addition, she coordinates community mobilisation for the CHIEDZA trial. 

Tino holds a BA in Historical, Political & Sociological Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and a BA in Audio Production from SAE Institute (South Africa) with an additional focus on film production and post-production. 

Chelsea Mazonde  

Chelsea Mazonde did her early childhood education in South Africa and thereafter enrolled with Marondera High School where she completed her secondary and higher education in Zimbabwe. Her achievement of the Advanced Level studies in 2017 led to further enrollment with the University of Zimbabwe to study Audiology. 

Chelsea has always been passionate about health, hence her choice to study Audiology which she will complete in 2022. After getting the chance to be part of the 2021 YRA Cohort, she developed an enormous passion in research and wishes to further become an epidemiologist. 


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