Dr. Joseph Simbaya


Joseph Simbaya is a Research Fellow / Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research. He has over 20 years of professional experience in social science research. He has undertaken various assignments as a Lead Researcher/Principal Investigator. Dr. Simbaya is a Medical Anthropologist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert and Gender Specialist.  He holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, a Master of Arts in Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Zambia. His recent assignments have involved evaluating the national response to HIV, including evaluating the impact of the national PMTCT programme. He is currently engaged in a number of studies evaluating the effect of Covid-19 on urban and rural livelihoods in Zambia.

Research Interests

Gender and health, health and the body, health systems and the effect of emerging population health issues on health systems and livelihoods.


Journal Publications

  • Amanda Lenhardt, Emmanuel Tumusiime, Joseph Simbaya, Arthur Moonga, (2023) "The Relationship between Psychosocial Interventions  and Child Wellbeing in Zambia,"in 395-420 (2023) Child Indicators Research Volume. Ind Res 16, 395-420 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-022-09982-w
  • Gauri Pathak,  Mark Nichter, Anita Hardon, Eileen Moyer, Aarti Latkar, Joseph Simbaya, Diana Pakasi, Efenita Taqueban and Jessic Love ( 2023), “Plastic pollution and the open burning of plastic wastes,”in Global Environmental Change Volume 80, May 2023, 102648
  • Tom Shakespeare, Anthony Mugeere, Emily Nyariki and Joseph Simbaya (2016) Success in Africa: disabled people share their stories; African Journal of Disability.
  • Carolien J. Aantjes , Joseph Simbaya , Tim K.C. Quinlan and Joske F.G. Bunders (2016) From end of life to chronic care: the provision of community home-based care for HIV and the adaptation to new health care demands in Zambia. Primary Health Care Research & Development. doi:10.1017/S146342361600030X
  • Sacks, E., Masvawure, T.B., Atuyambe, L.M., Neema, S., Macwan'gi, M., Simbaya, J. Kruk, M.E. "Postnatal Care Experiences and Barriers to Care Utilization for Home- and Facility-Delivered Newborns in Uganda and Zambia." Matern Child Health J (2016). doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2144-4
  • Kruk ME, Vail D, Austin-Evelyn K, Atuyambe L, Greeson D, Grépin K, Kibira SPS, Macwan’gi M, Masvawure T, Rabkin M, Sacks E, Simbaya J.  Evaluation of a maternal health program in Uganda and Zambia finds mixed results on quality of care and satisfaction.  Health Affairs. 2016. 35(3): 510-519.
  • Joseph Simbaya & Eileen Moyer (2013): The emergence and evolution of HIV counselling in Zambia: a 25-year history, Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, DOI:10.1080/13691058.2013.794477
  • http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2013.794477
  • Ruairí BrughaJoseph Simbaya, Aisling WalshPatrick Dicker and Phillimon Ndubani (2010) How HIV/AIDS scale-up has impacted on non- HIV priority services in Zambia BMC Public Health 2010, 10:540
  • ( http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/10/540 )
  • Aisling Walsh, Phillimon Ndubani, Joseph Simbaya, Patrick Dicker  and Ruairi Brugha (2010) Task sharing in Zambia: HIV service scale-up compounds the human resource crisis BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:272 ( http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/10/272 )
  • Ruairi BrughaJohn KadzandiraJoseph Simbaya, Patrick DickerVictor Mwapasa and Aisling Walsh (2010)  Health workforce responses to global health initiatives funding: a comparison of Malawi and Zambia 
  • Human Resources for Health 2010, 8:19 ( http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/8/1/19 )

Research Reports

  • Chipepo Kankasa, Joseph Simbaya, Kebby Musokotwane, Mary Nambao, Eileen Yam, Samuel Kalibala (2018) Evaluation of the Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV program in Zambia.
  • Joseph Simbaya, Richard Bwalya and Humphrey Fumpa (2014) Evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in the Zambia Defense Forces.
  • Mwewa AM, Saili G and Simbaya J (2013). Multi country research on community caregivers: the backbone of accessible care and support ‒ Zambia report. The Caregivers Action Network.
  • Joseph Simbaya, Richard Bwalya and Chishimba Mulambia (2016) National Gender Perception Survey
  • Mubiana Macwang’i, Joseph Simbaya and Chishimba Mulambia (2012) National Gender Perception Survey
  • Phillimon Ndubani, Joseph Simbaya, Aisling Walsh, Ruairi Brugha: (2009) Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives in Zambia: Issues of Scale up and Health Systems Capacity. ( http://www.ghinet.org/ )
  • Joseph Simbaya, Martha Brady, Maya Vaughan-Smith, Allison Stone (2009). “Understanding adolescent girls’ protection strategies against HIV: An exploratory study in Zambia.” New York: Population Council.
  • Phillimon Ndubani, Joseph Simbaya, Aisling Walsh, Ruairi Brugha: (2008) Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives in Zambia: Issues of Scale up and Health Systems Capacity. ( http://www.ghinet.org/ )
  • Samuels, Fiona, Joseph Simbaya, Avina Sarna, Scott Geibel, Phillimon Ndubani, and Jolly Kamwanga. (2008) “Engaging communities in supporting HIV prevention and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Zambia,” Horizons Research Summary. Washington, DC: Population Council.
  • Samuels, Fiona, Naomi Rutenberg, Joseph Simbaya, Jerry Okal, Nicodemus Kisengese, Stanley Luchters, Susan Kaai, and Scott Geibel (2008) “Food on the table: The role of livelihood strategies in maintaining nutritional status among ART patients in Kenya and Zambia,” Horizons Research Summary. Washington, DC: Population Council.
  • Samuels, Fiona, Joseph Simbaya, Phillimon Ndubani, Avina Sarna, and Scott Geibel. (2007) "Preparing communities for increased availability of antiretroviral therapy: Initial findings from Zambia," Horizons Research Update. Washington, DC: Population Council. (PDF)
  • Jolly Kamwanga, Joseph Simbaya, Charles Luhana; (2006) Evaluation of Corridors of Hope Project
Contact Details
Joseph Simbaya (PhD) Director Institute of Economic and Social Research University of Zambia P. O. Box 30900, Lusaka Zambia Emails: director.inesor@unza.zm/ j.simbaya@unza.zm josephsimbaya@yahoo.com Skype: j.simbaya1 Website:www.unza.zm