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Mrs. Nyaradzi Munamba


Msc in Occupational Therapy, UCT

Academic Appointments:

Research Interests:

Child development, disability inclusion and HIV & AIDS

Faculty: College of Health Science
Department: Primary Health Care – Rehabilitation Science
Research Category: Health and Medicine

Nyaradzai is an occupational therapists and a junior lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, Nyaradzai is a final PhD student and is expected to submit her thesis by February 2020. The PhD study seeks to understand play and to explore how play can be used to promote health and wellbeing in vulnerable children with HIV/Aids living in low resourced settings. Nyaradzai is a qualitative researcher with special interest on child development, play and physical activity in children. In 2017-2018, Nyaradzai was member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) technical group on the development of guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep in children less than 5 years of age. The guidelines were published in 2018. In 2019, Nyaradzai was the Zimbabwean lead investigator for the International Surveillance study of Movement Behaviours in the Early Years (4 years old) (SUNRISE) pilot study.

Phone: + 263 775 428 950 c/o: + 263 773 431 219

Journal Articles
• Munambah, N., Gretschel, P., & Sonday (2020). Being a mother of a child with HIV-related Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Zimbabwean context. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2020; 50(1): 35-40
• Chiwaridzo M, Munambah N, Oorschot S, Magume D, Dambi JM, Ferguson G, Smits-Engelsman. Coaches' perceptions on qualities defining good adolescent rugby players and are important for player recruitment in talent identification programs (The SCRuM project). BMC Research notes. 2019; 12 (1)
• Manyanga, T., Munambah, N., Mahachi, C. B., Makaza, D., Mlalazi, T. F., Masocha, V., ... & Matsungo, T. M. (2018). Results from Zimbabwe’s 2018 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(Supplement 2), S433-S435.
• Chiwaridzo M, Makotore V, Dambi JM, Munambah N, Mhlanga M. Work related musculoskeletal disorders among registered general nurses: a case of a large central hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe. BMC Research Notes. 2018; 11(1): 315.
• Ndlovu, T., Chikwanha, T. M., & Munambah, N. (2017). Learning outcomes of occupational therapy and physiotherapy students during their community-based education attachment. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 9(4), 189-193.
• Chiwaridzo, M., Chikasha, T. N., Naidoo, N., Dambi, J. M., Tadyanemhandu, C., Munambah, N., & Chizanga, P. T. (2017). Content validity and test-retest reliability of a low back pain questionnaire in Zimbabwean adolescents. Archives of Physiotherapy, 7(1): 10-19 3. doi:10.1186/s40945-017-0031-y
• Munambah, N., Chiwaridzo, M., & Mapingure, T. (2016). A cross-sectional study investigating impressions and opinions of medical rehabilitation professionals on the effectiveness of the Ponseti method for treatment of clubfoot in Harare, Zimbabwe. Archives of Physiotherapy, 6(7): 1-9.
• Chiwaridzo, M., Zinyando, V. J., Dambi, J. M., Kaseke, F., Munambah, N., & Mudawarima, T. (2016). Perspectives of caregivers towards physiotherapy treatment for children with burns in Harare, Zimbabwe: A cross-sectional study. Burns & Trauma, 4(1), 31. doi:10.1186/s41038-016-0057-5
• Munambah, N., Chiwaridzo, M., Chikwanha, M., & Mwenje, N (2016). Occupational Therapists perspectives on the use of play as intervention for children with disabilities in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications. Volume 6 (7): 182-188.
• Dambi. J., Jelsma, J., Mlambo, T., Chiwaridzo, M., Dangarembizi-Munambah, N., & Corten, L. (2016). An evaluation of psychometric properties of caregiver burden outcome measures used in caregivers of children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews 20165:42 DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0219-3
• Nota, A., Chikwanha, T.M., January, J., & Dangarembizi, N. (2015). Factors contributing to defaulting scheduled therapy sessions by caregivers of children with congenital disabilities. Malawi Medical Journal 27(1): 25-28.
• Mlambo, T., Munambah, N., Nhunzvi, C., & Murambidzi, I. (2014). Mental Health Services in Zimbabwe: A case of Zimbabwe National Association of Mental Health. World Federation of Occupational Therapist Bulletin.
• Chikwanha, T.M., Chidhakwa, S., & Dangarembizi, N. (2013) Occupational therapy needs of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy in Zimbabwe: Caregivers’ perspectives. Central African Journal of Medicine

Book Chapter

• Mlambo, T., Munambah, N., Nhunzvi, C., Magweva, F.I., & Maphosa, T.J. (2017). Promoting Occupation Based Social Inclusion: Scanning the Legislative Environment in Zimbabwe. In H. Van Bruggen, Kantartzis, S., & Pollard, N. (Ed.), 'And a seed was planted...' Occupation based approaches for social inclusion. London: Whiting and Birch

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

Awards & Achievements:

• Elizabeth Casson Foundation: Educational grant (November 2019-November 2020)
• UZ- PERFECT (Promoting Excellence in Research and Faculty Enhanced Career Training) Scholar (2017-2019), Part of the NIH grant to University of Zimbabwe
• International refugees scholarship, University of Cape Town (2016-2018)
• Magaret McNammara Memorial funds (MMMF) 2013 to undertake a research on ‘Mothers lived experience of caregiving to children with HIV-related neuro-developmental impairments in Zimbabwe”, as part of Masters degree.

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):

Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

• Member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) technical group on the development of guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep in children less than 5 years of age (2017-2018).
• Member of the College Board, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe
• Member of the Medical Rehabilitation Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MRPCZ) August 2004 to date.
• Member of the Zimbabwe Association of Occupational Therapist (ZAOT) (August 2004 to date)

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Twitter: @MnambahNyarie
ORCID: 0000-0002-0957-3783

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