Dr Richard Mutemwa

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Dr Richard Mutemwa is CIDRZ Director of Primary Care and Health Systems Strengthening.

He earned his MSc in Medical Statistics (with Epidemiology) from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and his Masters of Business Administration in Health, Population and Nutrition in Developing Countries and PhD in Health Management from Keele University, U.K.

Dr Mutemwa’s background covers health systems, epidemiological and demographic research, as well as University teaching at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London, UK) and the University of Southampton (UK). At the London School he taught research design and analysis; health policy, power and process; reproductive health research; and health services management on the Distance Learning Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. At the University of Southampton he taught health systems and international development, with a specific focus on maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS research. He has experience in the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of both quantitative and qualitative research and has served as Investigator on multi-site international clinical and intervention trials, as well as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His current main research interests are: Prostate cancer, community-based strategies for strengthening maternal and child health interventions, PMTCT and life-long ART, health systems strengthening in the emerging context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the significantly neglected area of geriatric care in resource-poor contexts. He has particular interest in application of Life Course Epidemiological Approaches and new statistical methods to scientific enquiry in resource-poor contexts.

Richard has broad experience in Zambia, having served as USAID Country Project Manager on the USAID/MOST programme providing technical support to Zambia’s National Vitamin A supplementation programme; as Head of the Nutrition Education Unit of the National Food and Nutrition Commission where he designed and led implementation of the National Nutritional Promotion Strategy in Zambia.