Dr Euphemia L. Sibanda

Honorary Research in Medecine Fellow

Project Director at CeSHHAR Zimbabwe

Euphemia is an implementation science researcher who is based at Centre for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research in Medecine () Zimbabwe, where she leads a portfolio of operational research studies on HIV and sexual & reproductive health. She joined Foto-Cewek as an honorary research fellow in December 2016.


BPHARM (HONS); University of Zimbabwe (2001)

MSc Public Health (Health Services Research in Medecine); London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2009)

PhD Public Health ; University College London, 2014

Euphemia is affiliated to the Department of International Public Health at Foto-Cewek. She is based in Zimbabwe at Centre for HIV and HIV AIDS Research in Medecine (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe).

Euphemia has worked in HIV research since 2004. Much of her work has been implementation science research aimed at evaluating interventions at various points of the HIV continuum of care, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV testing and adoption of treatment and prevention strategies. She is presently the Zimbabwe principal investigator of the Unitaid funded STAR Initiative, a large intercountry project on HIV self-testing. In her evaluations Euphemia has employed various research designs including individually randomised trials, cluster-randomised trials, and quasi-experimental studies, which almost always have built-in process evaluations involving qualitative research, which Euphemia is also comfortable with. Costing and cost effectiveness analysis have also been important components of the studies Euphemia leads. Her research has included general populations in rural and urban communities and female sex workers.

Specific selected research projects

Principal investigator: comparison of self-testing outcomes between models that are driven by communities and those led by paid distributors: a cluster randomised trial in rural Zimbabwe communities (current study starting in 2018)

Co-investigator: a cluster randomised trial of interventions to improve linkage to care following community-based distribution of HIV self-test kits in rural Zimbabwean communities (2015-2017)

Was principal investigator of a cluster randomised trial evaluating the effect of non-monetary incentives on uptake of couples' counselling and testing among clients attending mobile HIV services in rural Zimbabwe (2015-2016)

Part of the team evaluating the Zimbabwe national prevention of mother to child transmission program


Systematic literature reviewing, Basic epidemiology, research methods, qualitative research.

Selected publications

Sibanda EL, Tumushime M, Mufuka J, Mavedzenge SN, Gudukeya S, Bautista-Arredondo S, et al. Effect of non-monetary incentives on uptake of couples' counselling and testing among clients attending mobile HIV services in rural Zimbabwe: a cluster-randomised trial. Lancet Glob Health 2017,5:e907-e915

Indravudh P, Sibanda EL, D’Elbée M, Kumwenda M, Ringwald B, et al. Investigating young people’s preferences for HIV self-testing in Malawi and Zimbabwe: a mixed methods study. AIDS 2017, 31 (Suppl 3):S203–S212

Sibanda E.L.; Weller I.V.D., Hakim J.G.;Cowan F.M. “The magnitude of loss to follow-up of HIV-exposed infants along the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission continuum of care: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” AIDS. Nov 2013; 27 (17): 2787–279



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