Godfrey Biemba

Research Assistant Professor, Global Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, MPH
University of Zambia, MBBCh

  • Office: Lusaka, Zambia
  • Phone: +260 (0)97 4770293
  • Email: biemba@bu.edu


Godfrey Biemba, MPH, has 25 years of experience in the health sector as a medical practitioner, researcher, and public health manager. Dr. Biemba is currently Research Assistant Professor at Boston University and Country Director of the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD). Prior to his appointment as Country Director, Dr. Biemba served two years as Deputy Country Director for a $17.5 million USAID-funded applied research program on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Dr. Biemba was the technical lead on research situation analyses on orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, and Vietnam in collaboration with research institutions in these countries. He co-authored “The Scale, Scope and Impact of Alternative Care for OVC in Developing Countries” and “Children of female sex workers and injection drug users: a review of vulnerability, resilience, and family-centered models of care in low and middle-income countries.” Dr. Biemba is principal investigator for a research and evaluation project in Mozambique which includes a capacity-building program in research and monitoring and evaluation; a program to develop monitoring and evaluation tools for OVC programs; and a longitudinal cohort study to evaluate the effectiveness of OVC programs. Prior to joining the CGHD, Dr. Biemba served as Deputy Director for Epidemiology and Diseases Control at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Zambia, where he was also in charge of coordinating all health-related research activities in Zambia. He served as Chair of the National Health Research Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health for over three years. Before joining the Ministry of Health, Dr. Biemba served as Executive Director of the Churches Health Association of Zambia, an umbrella faith-based organization which provides over 50 percent of health care in rural Zambia. He has worked as Executive Director for a 500-bed government hospital in Southern Zambia, as Medical Officer-in-Charge of a rural mission hospital, and as Deputy Director of the Malaria Institute at Macha, in the Southern Province of Zambia. Dr. Biemba is published widely on malaria and coordinated community-based HIV/AIDS programs.