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.



Burden, timing and causes of maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths in sub–Saharan Africa and South Asia: protocol for a prospective cohort study

AMANHI study group, maternal, neonatal deaths and stillbirths mortality cohort study (Hamer DH, Semrau K, Herlihy J, Grogan C, Biemba G.)

Journal of Global Health. 2016 Sep; 6.

Burden of severe maternal morbidity and association with adverse birth outcomes in sub–Saharan Africa and south Asia: protocol for a prospective cohort study

AMANHI maternal morbidity study group (Hamer DH, Semrau K, Herlihy J, Grogan C, Biemba G.)

Journal of Global Health. 2016 Sep;.

Effect of deploying community health assistants on appropriate treatment for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia: quasi-experimental study in two districts of Zambia

Godfrey Biemba, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Kathryn Bradford Vosburg, Margaret L. Prust, Brett Keller, Yekoyesew Worku, Happy Zulu, Emily White and Davidson H. Hamer

Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2016 Jun;.

Beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions of community-led total sanitation and their relation to improved sanitation in rural Zambia

J. Joseph Lawrence, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Godfrey Biemba, Pavani K. Ram, Nicolas Osbert, Lora L. Sabin and Davidson H. Hamer

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Jan;.

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

Paul C. Wang, Albert Mwango, Sarah Moberley, Benjamin J. Brockman, Alison L. Connor, Penelope Kalesha-Masumbu, Simon Mutembo, Maximillian Bweupe, Pascalina Chanda-Kapata, Godfrey Biemba, Davidson H. Hamer, Benjamin Chibuye, Elizabeth McCarthy

PLOS ONE. 2015 Oct; 10(10).

PEPFAR’s Support For Orphans And Vulnerable Children: Some Beneficial Effects, But Too Little Data, And Programs Spread Thin

Malcolm Bryant1, Jennifer Beard, Lora Sabin, Mohamad I. Brooks, Nancy Scott, Bruce A. Larson, Godfrey Biemba, Candace Miller & Jonathon Simon

Health Affairs. 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-1518.

The Well Being of OVC and their Households in Four Districts of Mozambique

Godfrey Biemba, Candace Miller, Jonathon Simon, Maria Francisa Sales Lucas, Luís António Guerreiro Revés, Nair Teles, Elizabeth Henry, Jacqueline Stone, & Abanish Rizal

Washington, DC: USAID; 2012 Mar.

Children of Female Sex Workers and Drug Users: A Review of Vulnerability, Resilience and Family-Centred Models of Care

Beard J., Biemba G., Brooks M. I., Costello J., Ommerborn M., Bresnahan M., Flynn D., Simon J. L.

J Int AIDS Soc. 2010 Jun; 13 Suppl 2:S6.

‘We Are Also Dying Like Any Other People, We Are Also People': Perceptions of the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Health Workers in Two Districts in Zambia

Dieleman M., Biemba G., Mphuka S., Sichinga-Sichali K., Sissolak D., van der Kwaak A., van der Wilt G. J.

Health Policy Plan. 2007 Apr; 22(3):139-48.

Markers of Inflammation in Children with Severe Malarial Anaemia

Biemba G., Gordeuk V. R., Thuma P., Weiss G.

Trop Med Int Health. 2000 May; 5(4):256-62.

Severe Anaemia in Zambian Children with Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria

Biemba G., Dolmans D., Thuma P. E., Weiss G., Gordeuk V. R.

Trop Med Int Health. 2000 Feb; 5(1):9-16.

Assessment of the Effect of the Oral Iron Chelator Deferiprone on Asymptomatic Plasmodium Falciparum Parasitemia in Humans

Thuma P. E., Olivieri N. F., Mabeza G. F., Biemba G., Parry D., Zulu S., Fassos F. F., McClelland R. A., Koren G., Brittenham G. M., Gordeuk V. R.

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 1998 Apr; 58(3):358-64.

Prolonged Macrophage Activation and Persistent Anaemia in Children with Complicated Malaria

Biemba G., Gordeuk V. R., Thuma P. E., Mabeza G. F., Weiss G.

Trop Med Int Health. 1998 Mar; 3(1):60-5.

Clinical Studies of Iron Chelators in Malaria

Mabeza G. F., Biemba G., Gordeuk V. R.

Acta Haematol. 1996 Jan; 95(1):78-86.

Transferrin Saturation and Recovery from Coma in Cerebral Malaria

Gordeuk V. R., Thuma P. E., McLaren C. E., Biemba G., Zulu S., Poltera A. A., Askin J. E., Brittenham G. M.

Blood. 1995 Jun; 85(11):3297-301.

Predictors of Severity of Illness on Presentation in Children with Cerebral Malaria

Mabeza G. F., Moyo V. M., Thuma P. E., Biemba G., Parry D., Khumalo H., Nyarugwe P., Zulu S., Gordeuk V. R.

Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 1995 Jun; 89(3):221-8.

Iron Chelation as a Chemotherapeutic Strategy for Falciparum Malaria

Gordeuk V. R., Thuma P. E., Brittenham G. M., Biemba G., Zulu S., Simwanza G., Kalense P., M'Hango A., Parry D., Poltera A. A., et al.

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 1993 Feb; 48(2):193-7.

Effect of Iron Chelation Therapy on Recovery from Deep Coma in Children with Cerebral Malaria

Gordeuk V., Thuma P., Brittenham G., McLaren C., Parry D., Backenstose A., Biemba G., Msiska R., Holmes L., McKinley E., et al.

N Engl J Med. 1992 Nov; 327(21):1473-7.