Godfrey Biemba, MD
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MBChB, University of Zambia
MSc, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Godfrey Biemba is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Country Director of the Zambian Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD) Limited. Dr. Biemba has 32 years’ experience in the health sector as a medical practitioner, researcher, and public health manager. He has 26 years’ experience in conducting various types of health related research, ranging from clinical trials to community based evaluations, baseline and endline surveys of public health programs, situational analyses in the areas of Malaria, health systems, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), road safety, MNCH, and HIV/AIDS. He has both quantitative and qualitative research experience and skills and has experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of public health programs including capacity building in M&E and implementation and operations research.

Some of recent research works that Dr. Biemba has been involved in include:
Effectiveness of 4% chlorhexidine umbilical cord care on neonatal mortality in Southern Province, Zambia (ZamCAT): a cluster-randomised controlled trial; Behaviours of drivers on Zambian roads: a cross sectional study; Impact of a community-based package of interventions on child development in Zambia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial; Willingness to Pay for a Maternity Waiting Home Stay in Zambia.

Other recent works include : A Cluster Randomised Trial on the Impact of Integrating Early Infant HIV Diagnosis with the Expanded Programme on Immunization on Immunization and HIV Testing Rates in Rural Health Facilities in Southern Zambia; Epidemiology and Factors Associated with Road Traffic Crashes in Zambia; Effect of deploying community health assistants on appropriate treatment for diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia: A quasi-experimental study in two districts of Zambia; Beliefs, Behaviors, and Perceptions of Community-Led Total Sanitation and Their Relation to Improved Sanitation in Rural Zambia; the joint baseline assessment of the Zambia Rising, Data Rising and Community Rising OVC systems strengthening project; the baseline assessment of health facility and health workers for maternal, neonatal, child health, and nutrition services in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces of Zambia; the baseline and endline household surveys for evaluating the effect and cost of deploying community health assistants to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in Zambia. Some of the M&E and operations research capacity building works that Dr. Biemba was either leading or acted as co-facilitator include, the Applied Research in Child Health (ARCH) health systems research capacity building project, the Mozambique OVC M&E capacity building project, and the current Luapula Foundation M&E capacity building project supported by Zambia Rising through Save the Children.

Dr. Biemba has served in various positions in the Zambian health sector; from managing community outreach activities in HIV/AIDs and Primary Healthcare work in Macha hospital where he was also medical officer in charge, to managing a provincial hospital as Executive Director of Livingstone General hospital, to managing a large umbrella faith based health coordinating organization as Executive Director of CHAZ, to managing epidemiology and disease control at the MOH headquarters as Deputy Director, Communicable Diseases, Epidemiology and Disease Control, and now managing a research and health service delivery organization, ZCAHRD. Dr. Biemba has been the immediate in-country supervisor for the ZCAHRD Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) Project Director, the Boston University PMTCT Integration Program (BUPIP), and the mHealth Program Manager supporting SMGL and BUPIP and is therefore well vest with the MNCH activities under phase 1 of SMGL. He was also part of the recently completed Zambia chlorhexidine application trial (ZamCAT), a large neonatal survival study in Southern Province. Dr. Biemba has strong project management skills, including proposal development, implementation of community based programs, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing. He has long experience working with various donor agencies, including USAID and CDC. Dr. Biemba received specific training in managing USG grants by Pact Zambia in 1999 and has since then managed a number of USAID funded grants.

Evaluating the impact and cost of employing community health assistants to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in Zambia
07/01/2011 - 04/30/2014 (Subcontract PI)
Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Dept for Intl Dev-UK


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  1. Biemba G, Chiluba B, Yeboah-Antwi K, Silavwe V, Lunze K, Mwale RK, Hamer DH, MacLeod WB. Impact of mobile health-enhanced supportive supervision and supply chain management on appropriate integrated community case management of malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia in children 2-59 months: A cluster randomised trial in Eastern Province, Zambia. J Glob Health. 2020 Jun; 10(1):010425.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32509293
  2. Banda K, Chilengi-Sakala S, Chunga CC, Solomon H, Chalwe V, Nkaama JM, Leonard C, Bobo M, Aongola A, Biemba G. Towards universal coverage for nutrition services in children under five years-A descriptive analysis of the capacity of level one hospitals to provide nutrition services in five provinces of Zambia. PLoS One. 2020; 15(5):e0232663. PMID: 32396554
  3. Henry EG, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Fong RM, Vian T, Hamer DH, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. Evaluating implementation effectiveness and sustainability of a maternity waiting homes intervention to improve access to safe delivery in rural Zambia: a mixed-methods protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 12; 20(1):191.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32164728
  4. Biemba G, Menda DM, Siame Y, Sichinga KS, Macleod W. Towards an AIDS free generation: Is stigma still an issue in Zambia? Results from a legal environment assessment of the HIV/AIDS/TB program of the Churches Health Association of Zambia. J Public Health Afr. 2019 Dec 31; 10(2):1010.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32257070
  5. Biemba G, Mulenga A, Chiluba B, Griffiths UK, Yeboah-Antwi K, MacLeod W, Lunze K, Hamer DH. Cost analysis of integrated community case management of childhood malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia enhanced by mobile health technology in rural Zambia. J Public Health Afr. 2019 Dec 31; 10(2):1039.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32257075
  6. Kaiser JL, Fong RM, Ngoma T, McGlasson KL, Biemba G, Hamer DH, Bwalya M, Chasaya M, Scott NA. The effects of maternity waiting homes on the health workforce and maternal health service delivery in rural Zambia: a qualitative analysis. Hum Resour Health. 2019 12 04; 17(1):93.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31801578
  7. Bonawitz R, McGlasson KL, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Fong RM, Biemba G, Bwalya M, Hamer DH, Scott NA. Quality and utilization patterns of maternity waiting homes at referral facilities in rural Zambia: A mixed-methods multiple case analysis of intervention and standard of care sites. PLoS One. 2019; 14(11):e0225523.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31774838
  8. Mesic A, Halim N, MacLeod W, Haker C, Mwansa M, Biemba G. Facilitators and Barriers to Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy and Retention in Care Among Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia: A Mixed Methods Study. AIDS Behav. 2019 Sep; 23(9):2618-2628.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31093820
  9. Kaiser JL, McGlasson KL, Rockers PC, Fong RM, Ngoma T, Hamer DH, Vian T, Biemba G, Lori JR, Scott NA. Out-of-pocket expenditure for home and facility-based delivery among rural women in Zambia: a mixed-methods, cross-sectional study. Int J Womens Health. 2019; 11:411-430.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31447591
  10. Lori JR, Perosky J, Munro-Kramer ML, Veliz P, Musonda G, Kaunda J, Boyd CJ, Bonawitz R, Biemba G, Ngoma T, Scott N. Maternity waiting homes as part of a comprehensive approach to maternal and newborn care: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Jul 04; 19(1):228.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31272402
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