Sadandaula Rose Muheriwa Matemba is a registered nurse and midwife with early pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infection prevention expertise influencing her research translation and implementation. Muheriwa Matemba integrates childhood development, basic science, sexual health literacy, nursing and midwifery, and community-based participatory approaches into interventions to promote adolescent sexual health and wellness. Utilizing socioecological and positive youth development models, Muheriwa Matemba seeks to equip and empower young adolescents (14 years and younger) with bio-behavioral sexual health literacy skills as they transition towards adulthood. She also aims to promote young adolescent sexual health literacy to individuals and institutions entrusted with the care and well-being of young adolescents.

Current Focus

Muheriwa Matemba's current research focuses on community and parental perspectives on the experiences that support the sexual health development of young adolescents (10-14 years) in the U.S.  

Professional Experience
Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Rochester (Young adolescent sexual health and HIV prevention research), Rochester, NY, US. 7/2021 - Current

Associations of home and school-based violence and the development of sexual behaviors
Cianelli, R., Leblanc, N. M., De Santis, J., Hooshmand, M., Villegas Rodriguez, N. & Kaponda. C.P.N.
International Workshop on Adolescence and HIV, HIV and Adolescence and Virology Education, 2021

Interventions for the perinatally HIV infected youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review.
Cianelli, R., McCabe, B.E. & Chilemba, E.
Chi-Xi at-Large Chapter International Conference, Sigma Theta Tau, 2019
Lilongwe, Malawi (Central Africa)

Interventions for the perinatally HIV infected youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review
Cianelli, R. and McCabe, B.E.
International Workshop on Adolescence and HIV, Sigma Theta Tau, 2019
Mexico City, Mexico

Midwifery Education in Malawi
Kapito, E.
Malawi-Sweden collaboration consultative session, Karolinska Institutet, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden

Factors influencing utilization of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV services in Young women in Balaka District in Malawi
Chimwaza, A.F., Maluwa, A.O and Kamanga, M.
12th Annual Tau Lambda at Large conference: Evidence based Practice in Nursing and Midwifery, Sigma Theta Tau, 2012
Blantyre, Malawi (Central Africa)

Knowledge and Practices of young women on utilization of PMTCT services. Is there any relationship?
Chimwaza, A.F., Maluwa, A.O and Kamanga, M.
2nd Safe pregnancy and Motherhood international conference, Shahid Beheshti University, 2012
Tehran, Iran

Muheriwa Matemba, S.R., Cianelli, R., Leblanc, N.M., Zhang, C., De Santis, J., Villegas Rodriguez, N., & McMahon, J.M. (2022). Associations between Home and School-Based Violent Experiences and the Development of Sexual Behavior in Young Adolescent Girls in the Rural Southern Region of Malawi. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health:. PMID: 35627344 PMCID: PMC9141795 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19105809

Muheriwa Matemba, S. R., Cianelli, R., McCabe, B. E., & Chilemba, E. (2021). Health-related interventions for youth living with perinatally acquired HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review of the evidence. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 20 (1), 1-32. DOI: 10.1080/15381501.2021.1900975

Foronda, C. L., Kelley, C. N., Nadeau, C., Prather, S. L., Lewis-Pierre, L., Sarik, D. A., & Muheriwa, S. R. (2020). Psychological and socioeconomic burdens faced by family caregivers of children with asthma: An integrative review.. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34 (4), 366-376. PMID: 32299726 DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.02.003

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Oliveira, G. D., Sailsman, S., Montano, N. P., Martinez, A. S., Toledo, C., Muheriwa, S., & Sanchez, H. (2020). Exploring the psychosocial impact of minority older women living with HIV. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1-8. DOI: 10.1177/1078390320927462

Foronda, C. L., Jawid, M. Y., Alhusen, J., Muheriwa, S. R., Ramunas, M. M., & Hooshmand, M. (2020) (2020). Healthcare providers' experiences with gaps, barriers, and facilitators faced by family caregivers of children with respiratory diseases.. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 53, 49-53. PMID: 32179377 DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2020.03.003

De Oliveira, G. C., Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Solorzano Martinez, A., Hires, K., & Muheriwa, S. R. (2019). Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 26 (6), 576-585. DOI: 10.1177/1078390319858415

Foronda, C. L., Muheriwa, S. R., Fernandez-Burgos, M., Prather, S., & Nersesian, P. (2019). Medication Adherence of Latino Children and Caregivers: An Integrative Review. Hispanic Health Care International, 18 (4), 207-213. PMID: 31888391 DOI: 10.1177/1540415319896623

Chikalipo, M. C., Nyondo-Mipando, L., Ngalande, R. C., Muheriwa, S. R., Kafulafula, U. K. (2018). Perceptions of pregnant adolescents on the antenatal care received at Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre, Malawi.. Malawi Medical Journal: The Journal of Medical Association of Malawi, 30 (1), 25-30. PMID: 29868156 PMCID: PMC5974383 DOI: 10.4314/mmj.v30i1.6

Pindani, M., Nkondo, M., Maluwa, A., & Muheriwa, S.R. (2014). Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi. World Journal of AIDS, 4 (2), 123-132. DOI: 10.4236/wja.2014.42016

Mseu, D., Nyasulu, B. M., & Muheriwa, S. R. (2014). Evaluation of a safe motherhood project in Ntcheu District, Malawi. International Journal of Women’s Health, 6, 1045-1055. PMID: 25540598 PMCID: PMC4270360 DOI: 10.2147/IJWH.S40109

Muheriwa, S., Chimwaza, A., Maluwa, A., & Kamanga, M. (2013). Prevention of mother-to-child child transmission of HIV services in Malawi. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 6 (3), 139-144. DOI: 10.12968/ajmw.2012.6.3.139

Muheriwa, S. R., Chimwaza, A., Maluwa, A. O., Nyasulu, B. M., & Pindani, M. (2013). Beliefs and practices of young women on utilization of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV services in Malawi. Health, 5 (7), 1172–1179. DOI: 10.4236/health.2013.57158

Muheriwa, S. R., Chimwaza, A., Maluwa, A., & Kamanga, M. (2012). Young women’s knowledge and utilization of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services: is there any relationship?. International Journal of Childbirth, 2 (3), 163-172. DOI: 10.1891/2156-5287.2.3.163

Young Adolescent Sexual Health Development Support: Parents and Community Stakeholders’ Perspectives
University of Rochester CTSI
4/1/2022 - 5/31/2023
Role: Co-Principal Investigator