Research Assistant


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Gimenne Zwama (MPH, BSc) is a Research Assistant in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Funded Projects

Gimenne is a health systems researcher with a Master of Public Health from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has 5 years of experience conducting action research in low- and middle-income countries, mostly in South Africa.

For her work at the Health and Human Rights Programme at the University of Cape Town, she worked on increasing health care accessibility for marginalised communities and investigated the role of health care provider capacity-building in promoting the meaningful participation of communities in health care governance.

In Brazil, she has performed participatory action research on maternal health care accessibility in a low-income setting. She also worked on a multi-centre qualitative research project and for a medical ethics committee in the Netherlands.

Gimenne’s combined background in biomedical sciences, epidemiology, science communication and health systems has led to her interest in tackling the gaps between scientific evidence, policy and practice.

Gimenne’s research is part of a multi-disciplinary project on infection prevention and control for drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa. She focuses on the health systems components of the project that investigate, in-depth, the infrastructural and spatial design, organisation of care, and health care worker and patient ideas of risk and responsibility for infection prevention and control measures at primary health care facility level.

Active research interests:

Learning health systems, inter-health system level stakeholder engagement, policy diffusion, decision-making processes, governance, organisational and work culture, sustainable capacity-building and support strategies, people-centred and responsive health service delivery, human rights-based approaches.

Research Methods:

(Participatory) action research, appreciative inquiry, ethnography, policy evaluation, realist evaluation, systematic literature reviews, mixed methods.

Umoya omuhle: Infection prevention and control for drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa in the era of decentralised care: a whole systems approach

Umoya ohmule is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project investigating the transmission of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in clinics across two regions of South Africa. The name, Umoya omuhle, means good air in Zulu, and embodies the project vision of bringing a ‘breath of fresh air' to current thinking on infection prevention and control.

Find out more about Umoya omuhle