Frances moved from the Uk to Zimbabwe in 1999 and has lived and worked here full time since then. Over that time she has also worked across Southern Africa and in India. She leads a large portfolio of HIV prevention research which includes large scale impact evaluations of national HIV programmes. She oversees implementation of Zimbabwe’s “Sisters with a Voice’ program for sex workers which has national coverage.
She works closely with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care and National AIDS Council to provide evidence for their HIV prevention strategy – most recently as part of a consortium funded by UNITAID to Stimulate and Shape the Market in HIV self-testing in Africa. She was co-chair of HPTN’s Adolescent Science Committee, has been on a number of WHO expert panels and is co-PI on a number of research capacity strengthening initiatives focusing on Southern Africa at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences.