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Dr. Richard Makurumidze


PhD ©, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Master of Science in Public Health (MPH), University of Zimbabwe, 2015 MPhil in HIV & AIDS Management, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2013 Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), University of Zimbabwe, 2007 Diploma in HIV Management, College of Medicine South Africa, 2010

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Research Interests:

Infectious diseases (HIV, tuberculosis, COVID-19, anthrax), epidemiology and public heath

Faculty: Medicine And Health Sciences
Department: Primary Health Care Sciences, Global and Public Health Unit
Research Category: Physical Sciences

Specialist Public Health Physician with over 10 years of experience in HIV clinical management, programme implementation and research. Worked as the Project Manager for International Training Education and Centre for Health (I-TECH) HIV & TB treatment, care and support programme in Zimbabwe which was funded by PEPFAR through CDC, Zimbabwe. Later worked as the Clinical Advisor for the same programme. He is involved in various HIV & AIDS trainings initiatives which include teaching and facilitating PMTCT and Evidence-Based Medicine for eSCART students at the ITM. He is a founding member of the Zimbabwe Institute of HIV & AIDS Trust an organisation involved in HIV capacity building. Currently he is a PhD student; sandwich programme between UZ and ITM. He was awarded a scholarship funded through the Belgian Development Cooperation. His PhD project is focusing on differentiated programmatic implementation of HIV Treat All in Zimbabwe. He participates in community social responsibility initiatives and is the Deputy Chairman of the Epilepsy Support Foundation National Management Committee


1. Makurumidze, R., Buyze, J., Decroo, T., Lynen, L., de Rooij, M., Mataranyika, T & Rusakaniko, S. (2020). Patient and programmatic characteristics, retention and predictors of attrition among patients starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) before and after the implementation of HIV Treat All in Zimbabwe. medRxiv.

2. Makurumidze, R., Gombe, N. T., Magure, T., & Tshimanga, M. (2021). Investigation of an anthrax outbreak in Makoni District, Zimbabwe. BMC public health, 21(1), 1-10.

3. Makurumidze, R., Decroo, T., Lynen, L., Chinwadzimba, Z. K., Van Damme, W., Hakim, J., & Rusakaniko, S. (2020). District-level strategies to control the HIV epidemic in Zimbabwe: a practical example of precision public health. BMC Research Notes, 13(1), 1-6.

4. Makurumidze, R., Tafara, G. N., Tapiwa, M., Takundwa, L., & Tshimanga, M. (2020). Assessment of the transport management systems for National Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Council of Zimbabwe Global Fund Round 8 grant sub-recipients and implementing partners, 2014. The Pan African Medical Journal, 37. 10.11604/pamj.2020.37.226.21202

5. Murewanhema, G., & Makurumidze, R. (2020). Essential health services delivery in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives and recommendations. The Pan African Medical Journal, 35(Suppl 2).

6. Makurumidze, R. (2020). Coronavirus-19 disease (COVID-19): A case series of early suspected cases reported and the implications towards the response to the pandemic in Zimbabwe. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, 53(3), 493-498.

7. Makurumidze, R. (2020). Empathy and use of evidence in handling travellers coming from COVID-19 high-risk countries. The Pan African Medical Journal, 35(60).

8. Makurumidze, R., Mutasa-Apollo, T., Decroo, T., Choto, R. C., Takarinda, K. C., Dzangare, J., ... & Rusakaniko, S. (2020). Retention and predictors of attrition among patients who started antiretroviral therapy in Zimbabwe’s national antiretroviral therapy programme between 2012 and 2015. PloS one, 15(1), e0222309.

9. Makurumidze, R., Gombe, N., Bangure, D., Takundwa, L., Tshuma, C., Magure, T., & Tshimanga, M. (2017). Evaluation of the Tuberculosis Surveillance System in Shamva District, Zimbabwe, 2014. Journal of US-China Medical Science, 14, 64-71. https://doi:10.17265/1548-6648/2017.02.003
10. Makurumidze R, Bangure D, Tshimanga M, Takundwa L, Chinamasa C, Magure (2015). Factors associated with Occupational Injuries at a Mine. Journal of Science in Southern Africa 19 (2) https://doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.11636856

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