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/Dr Laston Gonah
Dr Laston Gonah

Position: Lecturer

Department: Community Medicine
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  • First Class/Distinction Degree, University of Zimbabwe
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH) – Global Health, Thailand
  • PhD in Public Health – Health Outcomes, South Africa
  • Postgrad in Tertiary Education
  • Executive Masters in Business Administration, EMBA (with Book Prize)

Research Interests

  • HIV, NCDs and TB Multimorbidity 
  • Risk Communication in Public Health Emergencies
  • Social Determinants of Health/Health in All Policies/Urban Governance 
  • Global/Public Health Policy analysis and research
  • Healthcare Business Administration 
  • Public Private Partnerships for Health
  • Global health/public health policy negotiation
  • International agreements and trade, and Global health 


  • Gonah, L.,et al.Technical note on adjusting public health and social measures in the response to COVID-19 in the WHO Africa Region. March 2022 (WHO Technical brief)
  • Gonah, L., Kobie, A. G. Framework for Risk Communication and Community Engagement to improve Vaccine Uptake for COVID-19 and other Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Annals of Global Health. 2020
  • Gonah, L. Key considerations for successful Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) programmes during COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies. Annals of Global Health. 2020; 86(1): 146, 1-3. DOI: 
  • Gonah, L. Moodley, I. Hlongwana, K. Prevalence, healthcare costs and management of non-communicable diseases in people living with HIV: A Scoping review. Afr J Prm Healthcare Fam Med. 2020;1291), a2474. DOI: 
  • Gonah, L, Moodley I, Hlongwana K. Prevalence of diabetes mellitus and hypertension in people living with human immunodeficiency virus on antiretroviral therapy in Gweru district, Zimbabwe. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2020;12(1), a2473. 
  • Gonah, L, Moodley I, Hlongwana K. Capacity of antiretroviral therapy sites for managing NCDs in people living with HIV in Zimbabwe. S Afr J HIV Med. 2020;21(1), a1113.
  • Gonah, L, Moodley I, Hlongwana K. Effects of HIV and non-communicable disease comorbidity on healthcare costs and health experiences in people living with HIV in Zimbabwe. S Afr J HIV Med. 2020;21(1), a1102.
  • Gonah, L, Maphosa T.M. (2020) Association of MDR-TB treatment outcomes and HIV status in Zimbabwe. Cogent Medicine, 7:(1), 1783129. DOI:10.1080/2331205X.2020.1783129 
  • Gonah, L, Mutambara J, Determinants of weaning practices among mothers of infants aged below 12 months in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, Annals of Global Health (2016), doi:10.1016/ j.aogh.2016.10.006.
  • Gonah, L, Mukwirimba Anthony, Determinants of Optimal Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy among People Living with HIV/AIDS Registered for ART at a Hospital in Zimbabwe, Medical Journal of Zambia (2017)
  • Manyika, W., Gonah, L., Hanvongse, A., Shamu, S., & January, J. (2019). Health Financing: Relationship between Public Health expenditure and maternal mortality in Zimbabwe between the years 1980 to 2010. Medical Journal of Zambia46(1), 61-70.
  • January, J., Muchenje, R. R., Gonah, L., Shamu, S., & Tapera, R. (2018). Use of skin lightening creams among female University students in Zimbabwe: a preliminary survey. Medical Journal of Zambia45(1), 44-48.
  • Gonah, L, Corwin A, January J, Shamu S, Nyati-Jokomo Z, van der Putten M, Barriers to healthcare access and coping mechanisms among sub-Saharan African migrants living in Bangkok, Thailand: a qualitative study, University of Zambia, Medical Library (2017)
  • Mukondwa K, Gonah, L, Barriers to accessing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services among undocumented migrants in South Africa: A documentary review, University of Zambia, Medical Library (2017)
  • Mutukwa T, Gonah, L, Ndhlala A. R, Saurombe D.T, Is oxygen supplementation necessary for patients under spinal anaesthesia? – A prospective hospital-based study, Medical Journal of Zambia (2017)
  • Saurombe D. T, Gonah, L, Mutukwa T, Comparing the effectiveness of phenylephrine infusion versus bolus regimen in treating hypotension during caesarean delivery under spinal anaesthesia, African Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Katsidzira A, Gonah, L (2019) Treatment Outcomes and Risk Factors Associated with Low Level Viremia among Adults on First Line Antiretroviral Therapy – A Case of Harare Central Hospital, Zimbabwe. J AIDS Clin Res 10: 802.

International Engagements

  • GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY SURGE TEAM MEMBER. World Health Organization. South Africa; and Eastern and Southern African (ESA) Region for COVID-19 Response. 2020 – 2021
  • CONSULTANT. World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO). 2020 – present

Community Engagement

  • Rural/Field Attachment Coordinator for the Medical Programme – MSU Faculty of Medicine

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