Prof. Moses Zimba
PhD Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology
Integrated malaria vector control and research in vector bionomics
Department: Biological Sciences and Ecology
Research Category: Bioscience
Professor Moses Zimba is a Medical and Forensic Entomologist. He has a PhD degree in Medical Entomology from University of Zimbabwe and an MSc in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology from University of Liverpool, School of Tropical Medicine. He joined the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences on 1st June 2011. He was promoted to the Senior Lecturer grade on 1st June 2014. In 2016, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Forensic Science at Texas A&M University. Currrently teaches MSc in Tropical Entomology. At undergraduate he teaches Forensic Science and Ethics and Forensic Entomology. As a Medical Entomologist he has consulted for Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCW), World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector. He is a reviewer for Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases and Journal of Medical Entomology. Has vast experience in the designing, implementation, auditing, monitoring and evaluation of malaria control programmes including training and research in vector bionomics, bioassays, indoor residual spraying, insecticide resistance monitoring, insectary design and maintenance.In 2016, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Forensic Science at Texas A&M University. Currently, he teaches MSc. courses in Tropical Entomology, Forensic Science and Ethics and Forensic Entomology. As a Medical Entomologist he has consulted for Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector. He has vast experience in the designing, implementation, auditing, monitoring and evaluation of malaria control programmes including training and research in vector bionomics, bioassays, indoor residual spraying, insecticide resistance monitoring, insectary design and maintenance.
Phone: +263 242 303211
1. Sande, S., Zimba, M., Mberikunashe, J., Tangwena, A., & Chimusoro, A. (2017). Progress towards malaria elimination in Zimbabwe with special reference to the period 2003–2015. Malaria Journal.
2. Chikowore, G., Dicko, A.H., Chinwada, P., Zimba, M., Shereni, W., Roger, F.L., Bouyer, J., & Guerrini, L. (2017). A pilot study to delimit tsetse target populations in Zimbabwe. PLoS neglected tropical diseases.
3. Zimba, M., & Zimudzi, C. (2016). Pesticide management practices among rural market gardening farmers near Harare , Zimbabwe.
4. Sande, S., Zimba, M., Chinwada, P., Masendu, H.T., & Makuwaza, A. (2016). Biting behaviour of Anopheles funestus populations in Mutare and Mutasa districts, Manicaland province, Zimbabwe: Implications for the malaria control programme. Journal of vector borne diseases, 53 2, 118-26 .
5. Sande, S., Zimba, M., Chinwada, P., Masendu, H.T., Mberikunshe, J., & Makuwaza, A. (2016). A review of new challenges and prospects for malaria elimination in Mutare and Mutasa Districts, Zimbabwe. Malaria Journal.
6. Sande, S., Zimba, M., Chinwada, P., Masendu, H.T., & Makuwaza, A. (2016). Insights Into Resting Behavior of Malaria Vector Mosquitoes in Mutare and Mutasa Districts of Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. Journal of medical entomology, 53 4, 866-872 .
7. Sande, S., Zimba, M., Chinwada, P., Masendu, H.T., Mazando, S., & Makuwaza, A. (2015). The emergence of insecticide resistance in the major malaria vector Anopheles funestus (Diptera: Culicidae) from sentinel sites in Mutare and Mutasa Districts, Zimbabwe. Malaria Journal.
8. Jacquet, S., Garros, C., Lombaert, E., Walton, C., Restrepo, J.F., Allène, X., Baldet, T., Cêtre-Sossah, C., Chaskopoulou, A., Delécolle, J., Desvars, A., Djerbal, M., Fall, M., Gardès, L., Garine-Wichatitsky, M.D., Goffredo, M., Gottlieb, Y., Fall, A.G., Kasina, M., Labuschagne, K., Lhor, Y., Lucientes, J., Martin, T., Mathieu, B., Miranda, M.A., Pagès, N., Fonseca, I.M., Ramilo, D., Ségard, A., Setier-Rio, M., Stachurski, F., Tabbabi, A., Seck, M.T., Venter, G.J., Zimba, M., Balenghien, T., Guis, H., Chevillon, C., Bouyer, J., & Huber, K. (2015). Colonization of the Mediterranean basin by the vector biting midge species Culicoides imicola: an old story. Molecular ecology, 24 22, 5707-25 .
9. Zimba, M., Loveridge, J.P., Pfukenyi, D.M., & Mukaratirwa, S. (2012). Seasonal abundance and epidemiological indices of potential plague vectors Dinopsyllus lypusus (Siphonaptera: Hystrichopsyllidae) and Ctenophthalmus calceatus (Siphonaptera: Ctenophthalmidae) on rodents captured from three habitat types of Hatcliffe and Dzivarasekwa suburbs of Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of medical entomology, 49 6, 1453-9 .
10. Zimba M, Pfukenyi D, Loveridge J, Mukaratirwa S (2011). Seasonal abundance of plague vector Xenopsylla brasiliensis from rodents captured in three habitat types of peri-urban suburbs on Harare, Zimbabwe. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases;11(8): 1187-1192.
Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):
2016: Fulbright Scholarship (September –November 2016) to study Forensic Entomology and Investigative Science at Texas A&M University in the United States and to strengthen curriculum for the new Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Forensic Science at University of Zimbabwe
Awards & Achievements:
1. Awarded a European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) grant to establish an Institutional Review Board for health facilities in the City of Harare. Project completed, available at: www.edctp.org/uploads/tx viprojects/Zimba CB Ethics-Review 41302.pdf
2. Awarded World Health Organization grant to conduct two surveys on Public Health Pesticide Registration and Management Practices in 31 countries in WHO–AFRO region for inclusion in a world survey report of 2011. Project completed, survey results included in the world report available at: whqlibdoc.who.int/publication/2011/978924151217_eng.pdf
3. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2018
Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):
1. Consulted for World Health Organization in the production of Handbook on Malaria Vector Control for Elimination in the African Region. Project completed, available at: ftp://wpro.who.int/
2. Consulted by local and international pesticide manufacturers to evaluate over 15 pesticides between 2001 and 2017.
Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):
Supervised 4 PhD, 6 MPhil and 12 undergraduates
Professional membership, Committees, Boards:
1. Member of Zimbabwe National Institute Consultating (ZNIC) which is affiliated to Institute of Management Consultants South Africa (ICMSA) International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).
2. Member of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Zimbabwe, Vector Control Sub-committee.
3. Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences
4. Senior Proctor
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