Improving the Uptake of HIV Self-testing Among Rwandan Men

Dr Tafadzwa Dzinamarira’s PhD in Public Health aimed to enhance men’s engagement in HIV services, specifically, HIV self-testing (HIVST) among men in Rwanda. Supervised by Professor Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, the study employed a multi-phase mixed-method approach. ‘In Phase 1, we conducted a systematic review to map the available evidence on health education programmes for men in

PhD Study Shines the Spotlight on Pregnant Adolescent Girls

Dr Joyce Twahafifwa Shatilwe graduated with a PhD degree in Public Health following her study titled: Access and Utilisation of Maternal and Child Health Care information provided to Adolescent Girls during Pregnancy in Ohangwena Region, Namibia. Supervised by Professor Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, the study examined the barriers and challenges faced by adolescent girls aged 15 to

Study Explores Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Dr Gbotemi Babatunde was awarded a PhD for her study titled: An Exploration of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Services in a Low Resource District in South Africa. The study was supervised by global mental health expert Professor Inge Petersen. Using a resource-constrained district in South Africa as a case study, Babatunde investigated the

UKZN Nursing Students Shine

Click here for isiZulu version ‘Thank you for representing UKZN exceptionally well in the clinical settings and for fully embracing the UKZN values of respect, excellence, accountability, client orientation, honesty, and trust. Keep up the good work,’ said UKZN’s Nursing Discipline Academic Leader to third-year Nursing students who recently completed their clinical training at a

Doctoral Study Assesses Effects of Mobility on HIV Risk

Dr Armstrong Dzomba’s PhD study investigated the effects of mobility on HIV acquisition risk in South Africa. He was supervised by Professor Frank Tanser from the College of Health Sciences and Professor Kaymarlin Govender from the College of Humanities. ‘The study identified the mechanisms behind the complex relationship between mobility, risky sexual practices and HIV

Study Encourages Nurses to Advocate for the Less Privileged

Dr Luke Laari’s study titled: Developing a Health Advocacy Theory to Advance Nursing Practice in Ghana: A Grounded Theory, explored knowledge, acceptance and practice of the health advocacy role among nurses in the country. Supervised by the College of Health Science’s Dean of Teaching and Learning, Professor Sinegugu Evidence Duma, the study aimed to develop a health advocacy

Lecturer Awarded PhD in Nursing

Dr Nomaxabiso Mooi’s PhD study examined enteral nutritional therapy practices, availability and implementation of related guidelines in adults within district hospitals and primary healthcare centres, with the goal of developing an implementation model relevant to the South African context. ‘The number of patients who should not be admitted to the intensive care unit, but rather be

PhD Study Focuses on Children with ADHD

Dr Gloria Pila-Nemutandani’s PhD in Behavioural Medicine investigated lateralisation and compared gross motor skills in order to establish whether children with ADHD have deficits in fine motor skills. The study also tested the participants’ visuomotor performance. Supervised by Professors Basil Pillay and Anneke Meyer, the study revealed a relationship between Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology, laterality

Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health for UKZN Project Officer

Mr Nkosinathi Mncwabe graduated with a Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health. Supervised by Drs Themba Ginindza and Khumbulani Hlongwane, his ethnographic study explored cancer patients’ experiences of living with cancer in palliative care and support group settings in KwaZulu-Natal. The study documented patients’ experiences of living with cancer, and explored their knowledge, use of local

PhD Study Aims to Reduce Neonatal Mortality Rate

Dr Adenike Adebola Olaniyi was awarded a PhD in Nursing for her study on a neonatal resuscitation training model for semi-skilled birth attendants to manage neonatal emergencies in Oyo State, Nigeria. Olaniyi, who hails from Nigeria, noted that Nigeria has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world, with most deaths occurring in