Euphemia is an epidemiologist with almost 15 years ’experience conducting research in the field of HIV. She started in 2004 with a dual research role of local (Zimbabwe) pharmacist and project coordinator for an international NIH-funded clinical trial.
She did her graduate studies between 2008-2013, starting with a MSc in Public Health (Health Services Research Stream) from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, then PhD in Public Health from University College London, which were both funded through a Wellcome Trust Fellowship.
In her current role at CeSHHAR she leads a portfolio of implementation science research projects where she is responsible for writing research protocols and leading implementation of individual and cluster randomised trials, observational studies and qualitative research. She is also responsible for fund generation by leading/participating in grant applications.
Implementation research to inform improvement along the HIV treatment and prevention cascades, including HIV testing, where most of her current research is on HIV self-testing – models of provision of self-test services, optimisation of linkage to post-test services and retention in care. She also has interest in evaluating programs for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and interventions for improving uptake of PMTCT services.
Of late, she has expanded her portfolio to include implementation research on non-communicable diseases, mainly looking at interventions for prevention of cardiovascular diseases and improving uptake of screening and treatment services for those diseases/conditions. She has a unique strength of ability to exploit both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in her evaluations.