HIV/Aids stigma in faith-based organisations: A focus on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pretoria

Student: Esther Tererai Country: South Africa HIV/Aids remains a pressing issue in the 21st century, with various interventions, including behavioural, biomedical and structural approaches. Despite global biomedical advances, stigma persists as a significant constraint. This study investigated the factors contributing to stigma in faith-based organisations, focusing on the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in Pretoria. Objectives included […]

Factors associated with males’ disengagement from antiretroviral treatment at Royal Lesotho Defense Force health clinic in 2018

Student: Mampoi Seetsi Country: Lesotho A significant number of patients become disengaged from antiretroviral treatment (ART). This study sought to elucidate the factors contributing to high rates of male disengagement from ART and to identify appropriate support interventions to enhance adherence. Employing a quantitative approach with convenience sampling, the study recruited a sample of 24 participants […]

Data analytics practices (raw data knowledge and reasoning, data visualisations and data-driven decision-making) and recommendations to develop data-driven programmes/interventions for HIV mobile health in HIV interventions in the Southern Africa region

Student: Juan Romero Gonzalez Country: Mexico The endeavour to eradicate the HIV epidemic by 2030, as championed by UNAIDS, presents formidable hurdles for global HIV intervention organisations. These entities are tasked with gathering pivotal data crucial for combatting the virus. Digital technologies have exhibited promise in ensuring that the amassed information can bolster regions with scant […]

Impact of Dolutegravir-transitioning on the mental health of clients refilling ART in district hospitals of Butha-Buthe, Northern Lesotho

Student: Bienvenu Lengo Nsakala Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The impact of transitioning to Dolutegravir on the mental well-being of clients receiving ART in district hospitals of Butha-Buthe in Northern Lesotho was investigated in an open-cohort study. The study aimed to evaluate patient outcomes after transitioning from a non-Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitor (INSTI)-based regimen to […]

The effects of decentralising antiretroviral treatment services on retention in care in the Kavango-East region, Namibia: A retrospective study, 2017-2020

Student: Hilma Nambili Nakambale Country: Namibia Over the past three decades, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHoSS) and health stakeholders have steadfastly battled HIV/Aids in Namibia. To enhance antiretroviral treatment (ART) services and bolster retention in care, the decentralisation of ART services via nurse initiated and management of antiretroviral therapy (NIMART) programmes has […]

Assessment of multiscripting of antiretroviral treatment among urban ART clients – the case of Lilongwe, Malawi (an analysis of existing electronic medical record data)

Student: Gillian Msampha Country: Malawi HIV remains a pressing global health issue, particularly affecting Sub-Saharan Africa, with enduring repercussions. Malawi, in particular, continues to grapple with new infection rates. Nonetheless, there has been a notable decrease in mortality and morbidity since the implementation of antiretroviral treatment (ART). Various care models exist, spanning from one- to six-month […]

Assessing attitudes towards HIV counselling and testing services by employees at a provincial Department of Social Development in South Africa

Student: Mashila Joel Country: South Africa Despite the availability of free HIV counselling and testing (HCT) services offered by the Department of Social Development, there is a reluctance among employees to use these services, indicating a clear avoidance of HIV testing. This study examined the factors and obstacles influencing employees’ decisions to either use or […]

Opinions, perceptions and experiences of foreign nationals’ healthcare services access in Mamelodi, Pretoria

Student: Modikwe Patrick Modiselle Country: South Africa Previous research highlighted the hurdles encountered by foreign nationals in accessing healthcare at public facilities in South Africa. This study aimed to explore the opinions, perceptions and experiences of foreign nationals regarding healthcare services, and their impact on healthcare-seeking behaviour in Mamelodi, Pretoria. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, data […]

Exploring the experiences and attitudes of matric students in public high schools with regards to HIV and Aids-related education in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Student: James Mmekwa Country:South Africa The study conducted in the Mmametlhake Department of Education circuit focused on two schools, with a matriculation population of 143. The research used a cross-sectional approach, with participants completing questionnaires assessing their agreement with provided statements. The findings revealed that the majority of matrics, aged 15 to 22, demonstrated adequate knowledge […]

Establishing the sexual health behaviour and needs of young women when accessing sexual health services in the peri-urban township of Inanda, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Student: Sithabile Mdabe Country: South Africa Young women in Sub-Saharan Africa face significant risks of HIV infection, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Their sexual and reproductive health is closely intertwined with the HIV epidemic, necessitating a deeper understanding of their behaviour and needs concerning sexual health services. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Inanda township, focusing […]