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John Radcliffe Hospital, Level 5, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU


October 2021


Unintentional childhood injury in Zimbabwe, a cluster randomised control trial of injury prevention


Professor Kokila Lakhoo, Professor Ashok Handa, Mr Noel Peter and Professor Godfrey Muguti

Dennis Mazingi


DPhil student

Dennis Mazingi is a medical doctor and general surgeon from Zimbabwe. He attained his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine and his MMed in General Surgery at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences  He holds a first-class degree in International Health and Tropical Medicine (IHTM) from Oxford University. 

Dennis has received various awards including the Abraham Harid Research prize, the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe Research Prize, as well as the Beit Trust Scholarship. Before joining the University of Oxford, he worked as a medical doctor and general surgeon in Harare. He has also worked in various research collaboratives in the field of global surgery, paediatric surgery and general surgery.  

Research summary

He is currently a DPhil student within the Nuffield Department of Surgery, supervised by Professor Kokila Lakhoo. His research focuses on a school-based educational intervention for prevention of paediatric injury in Zimbabwe. Injury is the number one cause of death in people in the 15 to 24 year age group in LMICs and is a leading cause of DALYs lost in this age group. An astounding 95% of all Injury deaths occur in LMICs. In Zimbabwe while deaths due to infectious diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria have remained stable, the number of deaths from injuries in the 5 to 14 years and 15 to 24 age groups have been steadily increasing for the last two decades. However, injury continues to be a neglected health priority in resource allocation. 


Favourable perioperative outcomes for children with SARS-CoV-2
Naomi Wright, Dmitri Nepogodiev, Dennis Mazingi, Adesoji O Ademuyiwa, Alexis P Arnaud, Leni Gruendl, Elizabeth Li, Omar M Omar, Stephen Tabiri, Aneel Bhangu, Henry E Rice, on behalf of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) Collaborative and COVIDSurg Collaborative. Br J Surg

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on progress towards global surgery goals
Mazingi D, Navarro S, Bobel M, Dube A, Mbanje C, Lavy Chris. World Journal of Surgery. 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s00268-020-05627-7

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children's surgery in Africa
Mazingi D, Ihediwa G, Ford K, Adesoji Ademuyiwa, Kokila Lakhoo. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e003016.