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Capacity Building Audit

 

On the 5th of October 2011 the KwaZulu Natal MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited the district in order to learn more about the research activities being carried out. After a presentation by Dr Frank Tanser about the research activities at the Centre, the MEC asked for details of the Capacity Building activities we have been and are engaged in.

 

Below is the final document sent to the MEC giving an up-to-date picture of the range and extent of our activities in this area:

 


 

Our capacity building strategy focus on both our staff and the community in which we do our research.

 

1.    Staff Development Grant

Staff development is done through a grant made possible by the Wellcome Trust, which recognizes that most of the staff members, who are from the local community, were previously disadvantaged and require opportunities to enhance their educational qualifications and therefore their job marketability. The grant pays tuition fees at a rate determined by a formula that depends on the number of successful applicants and the sum of their tuition requirements. The grant pays for any formal programme of study from certificate up to a master’s degree. From 2007 up to 2011, 579 programmes were funded and successfully completed, majority of which were degrees

Programme

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Total

Certificates

97

12

42

17

11

179

Diplomas

9

7

17

27

14

74

First Degree

35

33

59

44

71

242

Honours

7

2

1

12

0

22

Masters

15

2

1

3

3

24

Matric

0

9

0

0

0

9

ABET

7

7

6

6

0

26

Total

170

72

126

109

99

576

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2.    Community skills development

Using a computer lab donated by Telkom SA, we trained 1400 community members in computer literacy between 2005 and 2011.  Additionally, we have provided 18 graduates with internships, to help them gain work experience.

 

Using money awarded by the University of KwaZulu-Natal for our scientific publications, we established a project to promote science in local secondary schools by identifying and mentoring a group of students with potential in sciences. To date we have financially sponsored 3 such students to do degrees in medical sciences at national universities, as shown in table below.

Name

Field of study

University

Year of study

Nsizwenye Mkhwanazi 

Medicine

UKZN

2nd year

Phindile Mabaso

Microbiology

University of Zululand

2nd year

Halalisani Mpungose

Applied Mathematics

University of Zululand

2nd year

 

As we recruit for our entry level jobs through a community-based system, our fieldworker training programme is now developed into a surveillance data collection certificate of competency, issued by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. To date, 178 community members have successfully completed this training issued with this certificate.

 

3.     Individuals who have completed Masters programme

As already shown in the table under Staff Development grant, the centre has financially aided several staff members to study master’s degrees. The centre is also a training site for the field component of the INDEPTH masters in field epidemiology programme which is hosted by the University of Witwatersrand. Additionally, the centre has also provided data and supervision to masters students from both national and international universities. Below is a table of students who have either graduated or currently doing a master’s degree through financial, supervision and/or data access support from the centre.

Masters Student

Field of study

Where currently based

Completed /On-going

Clifford Mbizana 

Psychology

University of Zululand

Completed

Hlengiwe Ndlovu

Public health

University of Zululand

Completed

Catherine  Okumu

Social development

UKZN

Completed

Graeme Hoddinott

Psychology

Africa Centre

Completed

Bomkazi Onini Tutshana

Psychology

HSRC

Completed

Kyle Jones

Psychology

England

Completed

Thembelihle Zuma

Psychology

Africa Centre

Completed

George Otieno

Epidemiology

Kenya

Completed

Vuyani Nyezi

Psychology

Private practice in Durban

Completed

Ntombi Magwaza

Psychology

University of Zululand

Completed

Mkhulekisini Sibiya

Psychology

University of Zululand

Completed

Portia Mutevedzi

Epidemiology

Africa Centre

Completed

James Ndirangu

Epidemiology

Africa Centre

Completed

Natsayi Chimbindi

Epidemiology

Africa Centre

Completed

Daniel Azongo

Epidemiology

Ghana

Completed

Francis Yeji

Epidemiology

Ghana

Completed

Doreen Nabukalu

Epidemiology

Uganda

On-going

Nokuthula Ngubane

Public  health

Department of Health

Completed

Ntombizondwa Mkhwanazi

Public health

Africa Centre

Completed

Misiwe Mzimela

Social science

University of Zululand

Completed

George Adjei

Epidemiology

Ghana

Completed

Paul Welaga

Epidemiology

Ghana

Completed

Christian Nikoi

Epidemiology

Ghana

Completed

Charfudin Sacoor

Epidemiology

Mozambique

Completed

Andrew Anguko

Epidemiology

Kenya

Completed

Bangre Oscar

Epidemiology

Ghana

Completed

Anu Garib

Public Health

UK

Completed

Terusha Chetty

Medical sciences

Africa Centre

Completed

Mbongiseni Buthelezi

MBA

Africa Centre

Completed

Nicoletta Mabhena

Epidemiology

 

On-going

Pelagia Ndambakuma

Epidemiology

 

On-going

Mammusa Lekoa

Population Studies

Africa Centre

On-going

Mienziwokhuhle Mthethwa

Social development

Department of Social Development

On-going

Kevi  Naidu

Epidemiology

Africa Centre

On-going

Sureshnee Pillay

virology

Africa Centre

Completed

 

4.     PhD Programme

In the recent years, we have started to aggressively build our own scientific skills by enrolling our staff into PhD programmes at both national and international universities. As shown in the table below, all our staff members doing PhD’s are also supervised by one of our senior scientists. Additionally, we also host and supervise other PhD students from collaborating institutions.

PhD Student

Title of PhD

AC Supervisor

Completed/on-going

Natsayi Chimbindi  (AC Staff)

Barriers to health access

Till Barnighausen

On-going

Graeme Hoddinott (AC Staff)

 

Methodological dialogism

 

On-going

Richard Lessells (AC Staff)

TB diagnostics development

Marie-Louise Newell

On-going

Portia Mutevedzi (AC Staff)

HIV in people over 50

Marie-Louise Newell

On-going

Tinofa Mutevedzi (AC Staff)

Adolescent reproductive behaviour

Frank Tanser

On-going

James Ndirangu (AC Staff)

HIV infection in pregnancy

Marie-Louise Newell

On-going

Makandwe Nyirenda

(AC Staff)

Impact of HIV in people over 50

Vicky Hosegood

On-going

Johannes Viljoen (AC Staff)

 

Immunological breast milk HIV transmission

Marie-Louise Newell

On-going

Dumo Mkwanazi (AC Staff)

Disclosure of maternal HIV status

Ruth Bland

On-going

Justen Manasa (AC Staff)

Bio-informatics, ART resistance

Tulio de Oliveira

On-going

Sebastian Fuller (AC Staff)

Men in research

John Imrie

On-going

Lorna Benton

(PhD student, UCL, UK)

Fertility and HIV

Marie-Louise Newell

On-going

Lindsey Reynolds (PhD student, Johns Hopkins, USA)

Vulnerable children

John Imrie

On-going

Eva Forbes

(PhD student, Glasgow University)

Obesity in children

Ruth Bland

On-going

Stephen Mepham (PhD student, former Staff)

Primary HIV during and after pregnancy

Marie-Louise Newell

Completed

Ruth Blund

(AC staff)

Breastfeeding

Marie-Louise Newell

Completed

Tamsen Rochat

(AC staff)

Maternal mental health

Marie-Louise Newell

Completed

 

 

 


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