Dr. Armstrong Dzomba [Senior Researcher - Epidemiology]

Dr. Armstrong Dzomba

Armstrong Dzomba, PhD is a population health epidemiologist with previous experience analysing data from health and demographic surveillance systems (HDSS) in rural South Africa. He joins HE2RO as a Senior Researcher. Armstrong completed his PhD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI). His thesis involved applying demographic and epidemiological methods to elucidate the effect of internal migration on the risk of HIV acquisition in discreet rural communities, which could potentially explain the disproportionate HIV epidemic observed in settings such as sub-Saharan Africa. The highlight of that work was recognizing the importance of understanding the role of geographical mobility in attenuating the preventive impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV hyperendemic settings, such as rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He then took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit – (Agincourt) where his research focused on communicable and non-communicable disease epidemiology, closely examining the HIV-driven multimorbidity burden in rural settings. After which, he served as a Data Analyst at Agincourt. He was involved in wide-ranging research projects, teaching MBChB students, preparing research manuscripts and contributing ideas for research income.