Global Diet and Physical Activity Research Group
Current work and interests
Trish Muzenda is a PhD Student in the Global Diet and Physical Activity Research Group and a Vital Strategies Healthy Food Policy Fellow. She is supervised by Dr Tolullah Oni. Her research work focuses on understanding how governance, environmental factors and consumer behaviour interact to shape and influence the obesogenicity of informal food retail in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) contexts.
Background and experience
Trish holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology (Rhodes University, South Africa), BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry (Rhodes University), and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Prior to commencing her PhD, Trish was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE). There she worked on a project exploring opportunities to leverage urban green infrastructure and development initiatives for health creation, a literature review of the tools and techniques used to map and characterise food and physical activity environments in LMICs, a synthesis of the epidemiological tools used in measuring LMIC adolescent food and physical activity behaviour, as well as an exploratory study on the experiences and potential for intersectoral collaboration in addressing health and housing issues in Doula, Cameroon.
Trish’s work is motivated by the recognition that sub-Saharan Africa faces a myriad of interconnected and complex urban health challenges that require transdisciplinary and intersectoral efforts to understand their causes whilst simultaneously developing feasible solutions to address them.
- Weimann A, Shung-King M, McCreedy N, Tatah L, Mapa-Tassou C, Muzenda T, Govia I, Were V, Oni T. Intersectoral action for addressing ncds through the food environment: An analysis of ncd framing in global policies and its relevance for the African context. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2021 Oct;18(21):11246.
- Shung-King M, Weimann A, McCreedy N, Tatah L, Mapa-Tassou C, Muzenda T, Govia I, Were V, Oni T. Protocol for a Multi-Level Policy Analysis of Non-Communicable Disease Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity: Implications for Low-and Middle-Income Countries in Africa and the Caribbean. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 Dec;18(24):13061.
- Tatah L, Mapa-Tassou C, Shung-King M, Oni T, Woodcock J, Weimann A, McCreedy N, Muzenda T, Govia I, Mbanya JC, Assah F. Analysis of Cameroon’s Sectoral Policies on Physical Activity for Noncommunicable Disease Prevention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 Dec;18(23):12713.
- Fatti G, Ngorima‐Mabhena N, Tiam A, Tukei BB, Kasu T, Muzenda T, Maile K, Lombard C, Chasela C, Grimwood A. Community‐based differentiated service delivery models incorporating multi‐month dispensing of antiretroviral treatment for newly stable people living with HIV receiving single annual clinical visits: a pooled analysis of two cluster‐randomized trials in southern Africa. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2021 Oct;24:e25819.
- Tukei BB, Fatti G, Tiam A, Ngorima-Mabhena N, Tukei VJ, Tshabalala I, Sejana VM, Muzenda T, Mokoroane LM, Sehlabo L, Maotoe T. Twelve-month outcomes of community-based differentiated models of multimonth dispensing of ART among stable HIV-infected adults in Lesotho: a cluster-randomized noninferiority trial. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2020 Nov 1;85(3):280-91.
- Fatti G, Ngorima-Mabhena N, Mothibi E, Muzenda T, Choto R, Kasu T, Tafuma TA, Mahachi N, Takarinda KC, Apollo T, Mugurungi O. Outcomes of three-versus six-monthly dispensing of antiretroviral treatment (ART) for stable HIV patients in community ART refill groups: a cluster-randomized trial in Zimbabwe. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2020 Mar;23.