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Dr. Joconiah Chirenda

 Clinical Deputy Dean


Dr. Joconiah Chirenda


Research Interests: HIV/AIDS Drug resistant; TB Epidemiology; Occupational Medicine; Health Economics; Malaria 

Areas of Specialisation: TB/HIV and Aids; Occupational Medicine

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Dr Chirenda is the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Clinical Deputy Dean and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Medicine and Surgery, Masters in Public Health and a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology from the Stellenbosch University. His research interest is in Tuberculosis, HIV, Malaria and Occupational Medicine. In addition to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students, he is a member of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (MDPCZ) where he chairs the Research and Development sub-committee. Dr Chirenda has extensive experience in consulting on drug resistant tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and reproductive health and health systems strengthening in Zimbabwe and Africa. Other relevant work experience as a senior medical officer in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care and Botswana Ministry of Health. He enjoys playing squash.

 List of Publications

  1. Isaiah Gwitira, Amon Murwira, Mhosisi Masocha, Fadzai M. Zengeya, Munyaradzi Davis Shekede, Joconiah Chirenda, Willard Tinago, Joseph Mberikunashe & Ron Masendu (2018): GIS-based stratification of malaria risk zones for Zimbabwe, Geocarto International.; June 2018

  2. Michelle Earley, Joconiah Chirenda, Alexandra Highet, Hilda A. Mujuru, and Zhenhua Yang. Characterizing Pediatric Tuberculosis with and without Human Immunodeficiency Virus Coinfection in Harare, Zimbabwe. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 99(3), July 2018

  3. Clinical and radiological characteristics of adult black Zimbabweans with low back pain attending a specialist neurosurgical clinic. G Mawera. JT Taruvona. J Chirenda. Cent Afr J Med; 63(4/6), April/June 2017, pg 59

  4. Grace Noppert, Zhenhua Yang, Charles Sandy and Joconiah Chirenda. Trends of sputum‑smear positive tuberculosis in Zimbabwe: 2008–2011. BMC Res Notes (2015) 8:575

  5. Madziro Nyagura Tendai, Mugurungi Owen, Chirenda Joconiah, Mungati More, Bangure Donewell*, Gombe T Notion and Tshimanga Mufuta. Analysis of the national early infant diagnosis dataset, Zimbabwe: 2007 to 2010. Journal of AIDS and HIV Research. Vol. 7(6), pp. 61-67, July 2015

  6. E.S Click. J Chirenda. S Kibias. H. J. Menzies. J. E Oeltmann. C. Sentle. T Muribe. T. D. Lere. R. Makombe. S. Bamrah. B. K. Moore. K. P. Cain (November 2014). The disconnect between a national tuberculosis drug resistance survey and treatment outcomes: a lost opportunity. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases: 18(11): 1319-1322

  7. H. J Menzies, G Moalosi, V Anisimova, V Gammino, C Sentle, M A Bachhuber, E Bile, K Radisowa, O Kachuwaire, J Basotli, T Maribe, R Makombe, J Shepherd, B Kim, T Samandari, S. El-Halabi, J Chirenda, P Cain. (September 2014). Increase in anti-tuberculosis drug resistance in Botswana: results from the fourth national drug resistance survey. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases: 18 (9):1026-1033

  8. Ascot-Mills T. Ho-Foster A. Lowenstein M. Jibril H. Masunge J. Mweemba P. Mashara P. Makombe R. Chirenda J. Friedman HM. Steenhoff AP. Harari N. (August 27; 2013). Yield of screening for TB and HIV among Children Failing to Thrive in Botswana. Journal of Tropical Paediatrics, Vol 60 (1); 27-32

  9. Bloss E, Makombe R, Kip E, Smit M, Chirenda J, Gammino VM, et al. (2012) Lessons learned during tuberculosis screening in public medical clinics in Francistown, Botswana. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases.;16 (8):1030-2.

  10. Gonese G. Tshimanga M. Chirenda J. Chadambuka A. Gombe NT. Shambira G. (2011). Factors Associated with occupational Injuries at a beverage manufacturing company in Harare, Zimbabwe; 2008. Central African Journal of Medicine. 57 (5/8); 26-31

  11. Chirundu D, Chihanga S, Chimusoro A, Chirenda J, Apollo T, Tshimanga M. (2009) Behavioural factors associated with cutaneous anthrax in Musadzi area of Gokwe North, Zimbabwe. Central African Journal Medicine. 55 (9-12):50-4

  12. Kangwende RA, Chirenda J, Mudyiradima RF. (2009) HIV status disclosure among people living with HIV/AIDS at FASO, Mutare, Zimbabwe. Central African Journal Medicine. 55 (1-4):1-7

  13. Ncube RT, Hwalima Z, Tshimanga M, Chirenda J, Mabaera B, Apollo T. (2008) Treatment outcomes of patients on antiretrovirals after six months of treatment, Khami clinic, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Central African Journal of Medicine. 54 (1-4):8-15

  14. Gonese E, Matchaba-Hove R, Chirimumba G, Hwalima Z, Chirenda J, Tshimanga M. (2006) Occupational injuries among workers in the cleansing section of the City Council's Health Services Department--Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 2001-2002. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 55 Suppl 1:7-10.

  15. Chirenda J, Murugasampillay S. (2003) Malaria and HIV co-infection: Available evidence, gaps and possible interventions. Central African Journal of Medicine; 49 (5-6):66-71.

  16. Matchaba-Hove RB, Siziya S, Rusakaniko S, Kadenhe RM, Dumbu S, Chirenda J. (2001) Mercury poisoning: Prevalence, knowledge and frequency of gold panning and doing retort among alluvial gold panners in Chiweshe and Tafuna communal lands in Zimbabwe. Central African Journal of Medicine. 47 (11-12):251-4

  17. Chirenda J, Siziya S, Tshimanga M. (2000) Association of HIV infection with the development of severe and complicated malaria cases at a rural hospital in Zimbabwe. Central African Journal of Medicine; 46 (1):5-9.

  18. Chirenda J. (1999) Low CD4 count in HIV negative malaria cases and normal CD4 count in HIV positive and malaria negative patients. Central African Journal of Medicine; 45 (9):248

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