Mothers’ perceptions of the use of community health workers and option B+ in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) clinic of the Mission Hospital in Chirundu, Zambia

Student: Martine Bulungu Tshinanu Country: Zambia In Zambia, the expansion of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services demonstrated notable success, with a 50% reduction in mother-to-child HIV transmission rates from 2009 to 2012. Despite structured PMTCT antenatal and post-delivery services, a significant proportion of women are however lost to follow-up (LTFU), indicating underlying challenges. This study investigated […]

Exploring factors behind low HIV testing rates by male adults age 15 years and above in Andara district, Namibia

Student: Olivia Simango Country: Zimbabwe The study investigated the factors contributing to decreased HIV testing among males aged 15 and above in Andara district, Namibia. Using a quantitative research design with purposive sampling, data was collected through close-ended questionnaires. Results indicated that men exhibited a strong understanding of HIV testing, HIV/Aids and the benefits of knowing their […]

The experiences of HIV patients with an unsuppressed viral load and their efforts to adhere to their treatment regimen in Mafeteng Hospital-Karabong ART corner in Lesotho

Student: Moipone Sejane Country: Lesotho Antiretroviral therapy (ART) aims to reduce HIV transmission, morbidity and mortality and to enhance quality of life. Non-adherence to ART is however prevalent among HIV-positive people, leading to treatment failure characterised by immune suppression, unsuppressed viral load, limited treatment options and increased treatment costs. This study explored the experiences of HIV patients […]

Factors contributing to increased number of HIV/Aids related deaths among nurses and midwives at a primary hospital in Botswana

Student: Tshegofatso Monica Ramasotla Country: Botswana HIV/Aids remains a global health crisis without a cure. Its toll includes the loss of many lives, including healthcare workers, adversely impacting productivity. This study aimed to explore factors contributing to the elevated mortality among nurses and midwives at Masunga Primary Hospital. The objectives were multifaceted. Firstly, to identify barriers preventing […]

Exploring the perceptions of women living with HIV and Aids on the impact of status disclosure to spouses in Ndola district, Republic of Zambia

Student: Carol Mukuka Mwansa Country: Zambia Disclosure of HIV status is pivotal for preventing the spread of HIV infection and managing the condition. Some HIV-positive women opt not to disclose their status to their spouses. Disclosure enables partners to be informed about each other’s status and encourages mutual testing. However, knowing one partner’s positive status doesn’t always […]

Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of students attending Elite Tutorial College towards HIV self-testing

Student: Malizgani Mhango Country: Zimbabwe Namibia’s Health Ministry recommended HIV self-testing (HIVST) in 2019 to enhance the uptake of HIV testing services (HTS) among hard-to-reach groups such as young adolescents. The levels of HIVST knowledge, awareness, attitude and acceptability among this population were however undocumented. This research aimed to assess the knowledge, awareness and attitudes towards HIVST […]

The HIV/Aids socioeconomic impact on young women transitioning out of state social assistance, Umlazi township, Durban

Student: Nozuko Lucricia Majola Country: South Africa The HIV epidemic among adolescent girls and young women is propelled by social and economic determinants, necessitating a focus on mitigating factors to curb risky behaviours. Poverty and unemployment heighten vulnerability to HIV contraction in this demographic. Social grants offer effective support in combating HIV, yet the termination of the childcare […]

Exploring the effects of community ART distribution points model on stable patients’ accessibility to HIV treatment in Ndola district, Zambia

Student: Luboya Betukumesu Country: Dahomey The 2020 global Aids update revealed that approximately 26 million individuals across all age groups were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection, with the majority in Sub-Saharan Africa. The rapid increase in ART uptake followed the implementation of the Test and Treat policy in 2013, advising initiation of ART regardless of CD4 […]

Assessing knowledge about pre-exposure prophylaxis at a higher education institution in the Western Cape, South Africa, using limited episodes of the MTV Shuga series

Student: Lungisile Bafunani Kweyama Country: South Africa This study aimed to evaluate students’ understanding of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at a higher education institution (HEI) in the Western Cape, South Africa, using selected episodes from the MTV Shuga series. Most of the 59 participants (aged 17 to 24) spoke IsiXhosa and were first-year students. Participants completed an online pre-questionnaire […]

HIV testing interventions to reach men: Case study Movement for Change and Social Justice (Cape Town)

Student: Jean Jacques Kalamba Mangole Klauze Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The reluctance of men to access HIV services is often attributed to masculinity norms, lack of male-centred interventions and occupational constraints. Risky sexual behaviours, such as multiple partners and unprotected intercourse, are prevalent, leading to consequences like alcohol abuse and sexually transmitted infections, particularly among men […]