Awareness and utilisation of an HIV/Aids employee wellness programme in the workplace

Student: Ngaka Doctor Xaba Country: South Africa This research aimed to evaluate awareness and utilisation of the HIV/Aids workplace wellness programme at Leratong Hospital in Gauteng, South Africa. Sixty respondents, including nurses, human resources personnel and support staff, were randomly selected to assess the underutilisation of the programme provided by the Gauteng Department of Health. Questionnaires were […]

Challenges encountered by healthcare providers in implementing an HIV “Test and treat for all” approach

Student: Maithabeleng Litlallo Tsolo Country: Lesotho Lesotho stands among the pioneering nations in Africa to adopt a universal test and treat approach, formulating its own guidelines according to World Health Organization (WHO) principles. These guidelines discard all restrictions on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART), advocating immediate initiation of ART upon HIV diagnosis. This study aimed to identify […]

Determining the tolerability of low-dose Efavirenz regimen in adult patients above the age of 18 years in Walvis Bay district private sector

Student: Khethukuthula Sibanda Country: Zimbabwe This study aimed to assess the tolerability of a low-dose Efavirenz regimen among adult patients aged 18 and above in the private healthcare sector of Walvis Bay. Objectives included evaluating treatment adherence, identifying side effects incidence and assessing the regimen’s impact on participants’ health-related quality of life. Utilising a quantitative research design, […]

Effectiveness of the central dispensing unit (CDU) in the distribution of ART from the perspective of HIV+ patients and primary healthcare (PHC) clinics in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg

Student: Virginia Apandju Osako Ngende Country: South Africa South Africa shoulders a substantial HIV burden, with about 7,1 million cases. UNAIDS (2016) reported that only 59% of HIV-positive people have access to antiretroviral treatment (ART). One strategy aimed at enhancing ART accessibility is the implementation of chronic dispensing units. CDUs centralise the dispensing and packaging of chronic […]

Barriers and motivators to voluntary medical male circumcision uptake in men aged 18-49 years in eThekwini district, Kwa-Zulu Natal province, South Africa

Student: Vusi Ndaba Country: South Africa This qualitative study investigated barriers to and motivators for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) uptake among men aged 18-49 in the eThekwini district, KwaZulu-Natal. A population-based survey enrolled 100 male participants. The questionnaire gathered data, with 14% aged 18-24 and 86% aged 25-49. Most were employed (62%), and approximately 43% were […]

Primary caregivers’ role in HIV prevention among adolescent girls at Eshowe, KZN

Student: Gcinekile Mdlalose Country: South Africa Primary caregivers play a crucial role in providing life skills and HIV/Aids education to young people, including sex education, which demands effective communication skills. The significance of effective caregiver-child communication influences healthy decision-making in adolescents. This study investigated the involvement of primary caregivers of girls aged 10-14 in HIV education. Conducted […]

Factors influencing the low uptake of antiretroviral therapy among HIV positive adolescents in South Kgalagadi district, Botswana

Student: Weko Gomer Lulendo Country: Botswana The study was conducted in December 2019 at Tsabong Primary Hospital and Werda Clinic in Kgalagadi South district, Botswana. Its objective was to ascertain factors contributing to poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among adolescents at these two facilities. Through semi-structured interviews, 48 adolescents were surveyed. Adherence levels were assessed using a […]

Exploring the efficacy of Lesotho’s therapeutic and supplementary programme in addressing malnutrition in HIV positive patients (15-59 years) on ART

Student: Palesa Paulina Teboho Lesoli Country: Lesotho The study aimed to assess the efficacy of therapeutic and supplementary feeding interventions in mitigating malnutrition among HIV-positive adolescents and adults (aged 15 to 59) receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Lesotho. Employing an open cohort design and retrospective 2017 data, a mixed-methods approach combined qualitative and quantitative data collection from hard […]

Employment-related factors affecting chronic medication adherence among employees in small, medium and micro enterprises in the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Frances Baard district, Northern Cape

Student: Sheila Margaret Katz Country: South Africa This study investigated employment-related factors influencing treatment adherence among employees in small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Northern Cape. It analysed employer and employee perspectives on employment and health system conditions impacting treatment adherence and assessed SMMEs’ compliance with labour legislation, particularly the Basic Conditions of […]

Exploring the contribution of faith-based organisations towards youth HIV/Aids mitigation: A study of selected mainline and Pentecostal churches in Harare province, Zimbabwe

Student: Charity Kanhukamwe Country: Zimbabwe This study investigated the role of Zimbabwean faith-based organisations (FBOs) in mitigating HIV/Aids among youth, focusing on mainline churches, exemplified by the Methodist Church of Zimbabwe, and Pentecostal churches, represented by the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe. Objectives included assessing FBO involvement in HIV-related activities for youth, identifying potential barriers to their contribution, […]