Dr. Nzooma Shimaponda-Mataa

Department of Biomedical Sciences (Health Sciences)
Assistant Dean Research

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD - Parasitology, University of KwaZulu-Natal. 2012-2015. Durban, RSA.
  • M.Sc. Parasitology, University of Zambia. 2005-2008. Lusaka, Zambia
  • B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Zambia. 1995-2001. Lusaka, Zambia.

Dr. Shimaponda-Mataa is a Medical Parasitologist and Strategic Information/M&E Specialist. She currently serves as Lecturer in the department of Biomedical Sciences and School of Health Sciences at the University of Zambia. She lectures in Undergraduate Medical Parasitology, Epidemiology and Research methodology and Postgraduate Protozoology, Entomology and Critical Evaluation. Additionally, Dr. Shimaponda-Mataa serves as Assistant Dean Research in the School of Health Sciences where she chairs the Research and Publications committee.
Dr. Shimaponda-Mataa has helped counterparts in Zambia successfully develop, adopt and implement Teaching and learning materials, Health Research, Health Systems Strengthening and Monitoring and Evaluation systems and procedures. She has experience in application of GIS tools for mapping and spatial distribution of parasitic infections.

Research Interests

Dr Shimaponda-Mataa is interested in Malaria and specifically host-parasite interactions; spatial-epidemiology; Bayesian statistical modelling with a bias to Population/Field-Lab linkages. She is currently working on malaria drug resistance, malaria gametocytaemia profiles and their relation to enzyme deficiencies for malaria management as well as severe malaria isolates in the Zambian population.

  1. Shimaponda-Mataa NM, Tembo-Mwase E, Gebreslasie M, Achia TNO, Mukaratirwa S. 2016. Modelling the influence of temperature and rainfall on malaria incidence in four endemic provinces of Zambia using semiparametric Poisson regression. Acta Tropica 166 (2017) 81–91.
  2. Shimaponda-Mataa NM, Tembo-Mwase E, Gebreslasie M, Mukaratirwa S. 2016. Knowledge, attitudes and practices in the control and prevention of malaria in four endemic provinces of Zambia. Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases, DOI:10.1080/23120053.2016.1205330.  
  3. Cheelo O, Shimaponda N, Mulenga M, Mwango LK. 2010. Involving Community-Based Volunteers to Mitigate Low Return to Follow-Up of HIV-Exposed Infants at Itezhi-tezhi (ITT) Hospital, Zambia. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/752898/11058071/1299249264203/Involving_Community_based_Volunteers.pdf?token=LpcJpZNVDFMGevODHufK3suPi4o%3D.
  4. Mutonga D, Mulenga F, Mwango LK, Endyle-Doran C, Shimaponda-Mataa N. 2010. An Innovative Approach to Trace and re-instate Lost to Follow Up Patients at Our Lady’s Mission Hospital Chilonga, Zambia. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/752898/11058059/1299249263263/An_innovative_approach_to_trace_and_reinstate.pdf?token=kHMSc4AqlYLCcEAnBIrRWABG9V4%3D.