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

CAPRISA Staff Member Completes a PhD in Record Time

Dr Buyisile Chibi, a Research Associate at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), graduated with a doctoral degree in Public Health within two-and-a-half years whilst also publishing six papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and one scientific report. Her study encourages the KwaZulu-Natal health authorities to invest more effort in

Clinical Supervision Workshop at UKZN

UKZN’s Department of Behavioural Medicine, in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal branches of the South African Society for Clinical Psychology, Psychological Society of South Africa, as well as Durban Practising Psychologists Group (DPPG), hosted a workshop on clinical supervision. Conducted by Professor Carol Falender,the workshop – held in the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus

Doctorate for Research into Infection by Parasitic Worms

Improving knowledge – about schistosomiasis a disease caused by infection of fresh water parasitic worms – in the uMkhanyakude area was the subject of research by Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Public Health) graduate, Dr Tafadzwa Mindu (29). The uMkhanyakude area is endemic to schistosomiasis and Mindu’s research was conducted to determine how improved