London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Martha Chinouya

Dr Martha Chinouya (PhD) is a social scientist. She has led and was the principal investigator for a number of research projects funded by various research councils including the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, social service departments and primary care trusts. This research was focused on rights discourses as they affect African populations in the UK and in Africa. She was the co-ordinator of benchmark studies in England that explored the right to sexual health amongst migrant Africans in England. She explored the sexual behaviours of migrant Africans in England (project Mayisha 1); making sense of the right to health for those diagnosed with a positive diagnosis (project Padare). Using a grant from the Nuffield Foundation, she investigated the articulations of ‘cultures’ and ‘rights’ in the disclosure of HIV within the family (project Chiware).

She has particular research interests in rights discourses as they pertain to the transnational ‘African’ families, religions, gender, generations and Health. Martha is very interested in interrogating human rights discourses and ethics that are informed by both Western and ‘Africa-based’ epistemologies such as presented by the notion of Ubuntu. She is currently investigating the ways families make sense of the language of rights and disclose or share information about HIV amongst faith groups in Zimbabwe (project Taurai). She has also investigated the lives of ‘child’ mothers and ‘child’ fathers in some refugee camps in Northern Uganda, attentive to the way ‘child’ parents make sense of the language of rights as it relates to their everyday lives. Martha’s recent contributions to the literature on global health and rights includes - children’s rights and HIV; children’s rights in conflict zones; rights to information about health; disclosure of HIV, women's rights and leadership in health; transnationalism and health rights as well as in religion and rights.


Submitted for publication

Aspinall, P. J. and Chinouya, M (submitted to the Journal of Ethnicity and Health) Is the standard term ‘black African’ useful in demographic and health research in the UK?

O'Keefe E, Chinouya M (in press) Global Migrants, Gendered Tradition & Human Rights: Africans & HIV in the UK. In R Tong et al. (eds.) Feminist Bioethics, Human Rights & the Developing World: global & local perspectives. Rowland & Littlefield.


Publications in peer reviewed journals include


ASPINALL, P.J. & CHINOUYA, M. 2008. Is the standardised term ‘Black African’ useful in demographic and health research in the UK. Ethnicity and
. 13(3),1-20.

Lawrance, J. M. , Devlin, E., Macaskill, S., Chinouya, M., Raats, M., Barton, L., Wrieden, L., and Shepherd, R. (2007) Factors that affect the food choices made by girls and young women from minority ethnic groups, living in the UK" Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 20 (4), 311-319

Chinouya, M. J. (2006) Telling Children about HIV in Transnational African Families: Tensions about Right: Journal of Diversity, Health and Social Care. 3: 7-17


Chinouya, M and O’Keefe (in press) Pachedu-Zenzele in the Diaspora: Promoting Sexual Health Amongst Zimbabweans in England. International migration

Chinouya, M. and O’Keefe, E. (2006) Zimbabwean Cultural Traditions in England: Ubuntu Hunhu as a Human Rights Tool. Journal of Diversity, Health and Social Care 3: 2. pp 89-98

Chinouya, M. and O’Keefe, E. (2005). God will look after us: Africans, HIV and Religion. Diversity in Health and Social Care, Vol. 2: 3 pp177-186

Chinouya, M., ‘Young African Londoners affected by HIV: making sense of rights’, 2005, Human Rights, Equity and Health. Available from:

Fenton, K. A., Chinouya, M., Davidson, O. Copas, A. on behalf of the Mayisha Team 1. (2002) HIV Testing and High Risk Sexual Behaviours Amongst London’s Migrant African Communities: A Participatory Research Study. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 78: 241-245.

Fenton KA, Chinouya M, Davidson O, Copas A; MAYISHA research team. HIV transmission risk among sub-Saharan Africans in London travelling to their countries of origin. AIDS. 2001 Jul 27;15(11):1442-5.


Book Chapters

Chinouya (2007) Ubuntu and the helping hands for AIDS in Wambu, O. (Ed) Under the tree of talking: Leadership for Change in Africa. London: Counterpoint, British council

O'Keefe, E. and M Chinouya (2005) Global migrants, gendered tradition & human rights: Africans and HIV in the United Kingdom. In R Tong, A Donchin & S Dodds, eds. Feminist Bioethics, Human rights and the Developing world. Rowland & Littlefield

Chinouya, M. (2003) Zimbabweans in England: building capacity for culturally competent health promotion. In Theodore Macdonald, ed. The Social Significance of Health Promotion. London: Routledge:111-121.

Chinouya (forthcoming) Ubuntu-Hunhu and the hands that wash each other: women grassroots leadership in the Anglican Diocese, Manicaland, Zimbabwe. In Onyekachi, W. (Ed) Under the tree of talking. London: the British council

Reports and other publications

Dodds, C., Ford, H., Chinouya, M., Weatherburn, P., and Chaula, J.
(2008) The knowledge, the will and the power: A plan of action to meet
the HIV prevention needs of Africans living in England. London: Sigma.

Chinouya M. Taurai. A dialogue of hope between Church Leaders & HIV-Positive Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland, Zimbabwe. London: Metropolitan University

Chinouya, M. and Muza (2007) Tact and Tactics: Christian Leaders response to HIV. Luton: Luton Primary teaching Care Trust

Pulle, S., Lubega, J., Davidson, O. and Chinouya, M. (2005) Doing it well, a good practice guide for choosing and implementing community based HIV prevention interventions with African communities in England. London: NAHIP

Chinouya, M., Musoro, L. and O’Keefe, E. (2005). Capacity building: Anglican Diocese of Manicaland. London: Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute, London Metroplitan University.

Chinouya, M. (2004) The Health and Social Care needs of Zimbabweans in Luton: The Pachedu-Zenzele model. Luton: Luton Primary Care Trust

Chinouya, M., Musoro, L. and O’Keefe, E. (2004). The Health and Social Care Needs of Africans in Milton Keynes.

Chinouya, M., Musoro, L. and O’Keefe, E. (2003) Ubuntu-Hunhu in Hertfordshire: Black Africans in Herts: Health and Social Care Issues. A report on the Action Research Intervention in the County. St Albans: The Crescent Support Group

Chinouya, M. Ssenyu-Sseruma, W. and Kwok, T. (2003) The Sexual Health of Black Africans living with HIV. London: Health First

Chinouya, M. and Reynolds, R. (2003). HIV Prevention with African Communities in England: A Review of the Literature. London: National AIDS Trust.

Chinouya, M. and Davidson, O. (2003) The Padare Project. London: Camden and Islington Primary Care Trust.

Chinouya, M. (2002). Challenges in HIV Prevention in England: London: National AIDS Trust.

Chinouya, M.(2002) HIV Disclosure Patterns amongst African Families affected by HIV and AIDS in London. PhD thesis. University of North London.

Chinouya, M. Fenton, K. and Davidson,O. (2000)Sexual Lifestyles of Migrant Africans in Inner London. Horsham: AVERT.

Elam, G. and Chinouya, M. & the Joint Health Surveys Unit. (2000) Feasibility Study for Health Surveys among Black African Populations Living in the UK: Stage 2 - Diversity among Black African Communities London: Department of Health.

Conference Papers

Presentation to the Cambridge Association of Medical Research Ethics Committee: "Methods for involving Black and minority ethnic communities in research" Nov 2005


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