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. CeSHHAR has a strong commitment to strengthening research capacity among Zimbabwean graduates.

Our Mission, Values & Principles


Good health for all in Southern Africa through research, innovation,
programming and capacity strengthening


To conduct research, deliver programmes, and strengthen capacity to inform health policy and programming in Zimbabwe and beyond.

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

Inclusive of all regardless of gender, culture and economic status

Our Management

Executive Director at CeSHHAR Zimbabwe

  Stanley Luchters has been appointed as full Professor in Population Health and Environment at LSTM, and as Executive Director at the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) in Zimbabwe from 1 May 2022. He additionally holds academic appointments as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Ghent…

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Honorary Principal Fellow 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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Deputy Director

Dr Mavhu has considerable 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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ICT and Data Lead

Jeffrey Dirawo is a data systems professional with vast experience in research data management spanning over 20 years. He worked in government and various international NGOs where he was critical in the development of vital data systems for several research studies. He studied computer processing and information systems at the US Census Bureau International Statistical…

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Research Director- Key Populations

Dr Fortunate Machingura is a development anthropologist of Southern Africa with over 17 years’ experience undertaking research, evaluation, and programming to increase coverage and uptake of health services. Dr Machingura joined CeSHHAR in 2020, bringing a wealth of experience working with communities, key populations, donors, governments, universities, and NGOs in Africa. She leads a Southern…

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Program Director - Key Populations

Primrose is a health and human rights activist concerned with sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, particularly with respect to women and sexual minorities. She currently leads the National Sex Work Programme “Sisters with a Voice”, implemented by CeSHHAR on behalf of the National Aids Council (NAC) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care…

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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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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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