The Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research Zimbabwe (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe) was registered as a Trust in January 2012. Previously known as the Regai Dzive Shiri Project, which has operated in Zimbabwe since 1999, CeSHHAR Zimbabwe houses a number of HIV prevention and sexual health research and programmatic projects. In 2014, CeSHHAR Zimbabwe was registered as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.

In addition to undertaking research and implementing programmes

CeSHHAR has a strong commitment to strengthening research capacity among Zimbabwean graduates.
Three CeSHHAR researchers have completed their PhDs in 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively.
One researcher has been awarded a Masters in Medical Statistics.

Our Mission

To conduct high quality, relevant and ethical research, deliver innovative programmes, and strengthen research and programmatic capacity in order to inform evidence-based sexual & reproductive health and HIV programming and policy making.

Values and Principles

  • Locally-appropriate, culturally relevant, research informed by the public health needs of Zimbabwe
  • Ethically sound research guided by local and international guidelines and regulations
  • Striving for scientific excellence and innovation in sexual health and HIV programming and research
  • Community engagement to ensure sustainability and ownership of programs
  • Transparency in organisational processes and dissemination of information
    Cost effectiveness
  • Inclusive of all regardless of gender, culture and economic status

Senior Management

Executive Director CeSHHAR and Professor of Global Health LSTM

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.

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Operations Director

Cynthia Chipeni is a Chartered Accountant trained with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe and an ACCA member with 15 years’ experience in financial management.

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Project Director

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

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Deputy Director

Dr Mavhu has around 13 years’ experience in HIV and SRH implementation science research, including generating key evidence for scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision regionally.

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Key Populations Project Lead

Tendayi has over 17 years’ experience working in HIV program implementation with a specific focus on strategic and policy development, advocacy and capacity building of communities

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Project Lead – Children and Adolescent

Zivai is a Zimbabwean research fellow with research experience of over 16 years gained locally, regionally and internationally. She currently manages a group of studies looking at how young adolescents are managing growing up with HIV.

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