Geraldine Chipendo from Zimbabwe is a Chevening\ Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Hoffman Scholar. She is reading for MSc in Evidence-based social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. She has a keen interest in social determinants of health and equitable health outcomes. Prior to coming to Oxford, Geraldine graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Health Education and Health Promotion from the University of Zimbabwe and Master’s in Public Health majoring in Global Health from Thammasat University in Thailand.
Geraldine has been involved in research studies to inform some of the HIV prevention studies in Zimbabwe and studies to inform the integration of Family planning and Maternal and Child health services in Liberia. Geraldine also led the International rescue committee’s Ebola response initiatives in Liberia Lofa County during the 2014 outbreak through health systems strengthening and community engagement. She steered the research activities for the Male Circumcision programme in the Ministry of Health and Child Care of Zimbabwe and also managed to strengthen the weekly electronic reporting system nationwide through SMS platforms and improved periodic reporting using the National District Health information system. She is eager to improve the use of Evidence in the interventions and policies that aim to address the social determinants of Health.