Investigating the factors contributing to low HIV testing and treatment uptake among employees at Bakery A in Oshakati, Northern Namibia

Student: Samson Ndhlovu Country: Zimbabwe The research explored the factors influencing low HIV testing and counselling among male bakery employees. The quantitative study conducted a census sampling of 52 employees in Oshakati, Namibia. There were two primary objectives: to discern the factors behind males’ reluctance to engage with HIV testing and related activities and to propose strategies to […]

Perceptions, knowledge and responses to HIV/Aids among members of faith-based organisations (FBOs): A case study of Christ Embassy Benoni teenage girls

Student: Susanna Mutapanduwa Country: Zimbabwe In Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infection rates surpass those of other global regions, with South Africa having over seven million HIV-positive individuals, constituting a third of the region’s afflicted population. Teenage girls in South Africa exhibit a prevalence rate four times higher than their male counterparts, with 37% of new infections occurring in the […]

Investigating the challenges faced by migrants in accessing public healthcare in Yeoville Bellevue community

Student: Zibusiso Msimanga Country: Zimbabwe The number of immigrants in Yeoville Bellevue has surged due to the area’s proximity to Johannesburg, perceived as offering abundant employment opportunities. Earning the reputation of a migrant community, it grapples to accommodate internal and international migrants, straining healthcare resources and fostering tension among residents. The research found migrants heavily reliant on public […]

Factors associated with MDR-TB treatment outcomes in HIV coinfected patients aged >18years in Lesotho

Student: Marethabile Nthabiseng Mpesela MaritiCountry: Lesotho Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) poses a significant public health challenge due to tuberculosis treatment mismanagement compounded by HIV coinfection. This study aimed to characterise the socio-demographic and clinical profiles of MDR-TB patients admitted to Lesotho’s Botšabelo MDR-TB Hospital between 2007 and 2016. Utilising retrospective observational cohort methods, national data comprising 1 456 patient […]

Assessing the level of HIV knowledge among young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years who receive medical services at Medical Centre Oshakati in Oshakati, Namibia

Student: Enos MoyoCountry: Zimbabwe The study aimed to evaluate HIV knowledge levels among young adults aged 18 to 24 receiving medical services at the Medical Centre Oshakati (MCO) in Namibia. Objectives included assessing their HIV knowledge levels, identifying information sources and exploring avenues for improving understanding. Utilising a quantitative research design, data was collected via a closed-ended […]

The role of public-private partnerships in HIV/Aids services: a retrospective study on the uptake and retention in HIV care among farm workers

Student: Sina Anastasia Nomea MasihlehoCountry: South Africa South Africa had the world’s largest HIV treatment programme by the close of 2017, catering to an estimated 4,4 million people living with HIV. Despite this, HIV/Aids continued to affect adults in their prime working years. The 2017 HSRC household survey revealed that HIV prevalence peaked among 35 to 39-year-olds at […]

Factors behind risky sexual behaviour among adolescents aged 18-19 in Geita mine town, Tanzania

Student: Tifare MakwamayaCountry: Zimbabwe Since Tanzania initiated its HIV/Aids programmes more than two decades ago, HIV/Aids-related fatalities and new infections decreased nationwide. While new infections in adults are decreasing, the same cannot be said for adolescents. Although no data indicating HIV positivity among pregnant adolescents was available, pregnancies resulting from unprotected sex indicate a high risk of HIV […]

Investigating employee wellness programmes at a mining company, Tsumeb, Namibia

Student: Eusteria M KaondeCountry: Namibia Many employers make substantial investments in their employees’ wellbeing to maximise returns. This study examined perceptions regarding HIV/Aids management in an employee wellness programme (EWP) at a mining company in Tsumeb in the Oshikoto region of Namibia. Employing a cross-sectional survey method, 25 questionnaires were distributed to employees and seven to managers, yielding […]

The knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of faith-based pastors with regard to the uptake of antiretroviral treatment (ART) for the Treat All strategy in Moshupa village, Botswana

Student: Thembinkosi Mthunzi GaboiphiweCountry: Botswana The research investigated the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of faith-based pastors concerning the adoption of antiretroviral treatment (ART) for the Treat All strategy in Moshupa village, Botswana. Pastors who granted consent completed questionnaires in their preferred language. Key findings indicated that most pastors were acquainted with the strategy. The study revealed that pastors […]

HIV/Aids knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of migrant street vendors in Katutura Central, Windhoek, Namibia

Student: Hilya NN FestusCountry: Namibia This research investigated the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions concerning HIV/Aids among migrant street vendors in Black Chain, Windhoek, Namibia, an area where many migrant street vendors trade their goods. A total of 55 street vendors, of whom 33 were migrants, participated in the study by way of questionnaires. Measures were taken to ensure […]