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Professor Janet Seeley

Professor of Anthropology and Health: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

P.O. Box 198
Mtubatuba 3935
South Africa

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2016

Treffry-Goatley, A., Lessells, R., Sykes, P., Bärnighausen, T., de Oliveira, T., Moletsane, R., & Seeley, J. (2016). Understanding Specific Contexts of Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Rural South Africa: A Thematic Analysis of Digital Stories from a Community with High HIV Prevalence. PLOS ONE, 11(2), e0148801. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0148801

2015

Tindana P, De Vries J, Campbell M, Littler K, Seeley J, Marshall P, Troyer J, Ogundipe M, Alibu VP, Yakubu A et al: Community engagement strategies for genomic studies in Africa: a review of the literature. BMC Medical Ethics 2015, in press.

Asiki G, Murphy G, Baisley K, Nsubuga RN, Karabarinde A, Waswa L, Nakiyingi JM, Seeley J, Young EH, Newton R et al: Prevalence of dyslipidaemia and associated risk factors in a rural population in South- western Uganda: a community based survey. PLoS One 2015, in press.

Settumba S, Sweeney S, Seeley J, Biraro S, Mutungi G, Munderi P, Grosskurth H, Vassall A: The health system burden of chronic disease care: an estimation of provider costs of selected chronic diseases in Uganda. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2015, in press.

Schatz E, Seeley J: Gender, aging and carework in East and Southern Africa: A review. Global Public Health 2015, in press.

Rutakumwa R, Zalwango F, Richards E, Seeley J: Exploring the care relationship between grandparents/older carers and children infected with HIV in South-Western Uganda: Implications for care for both the children and their older carers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015, 12(2):2120-2134.

Barratt C, Seeley J, Allison EH: Lacking the Means or the Motivation? Exploring the Experience of Community-Based Resource Management Among Fisherfolk on Lake Victoria, Uganda. European Journal of Development Research 2014, 27: 257-272.

Asiki G, Baisley K, Kamali A, Kaleebu P, Seeley J, Newton R: A prospective study of trends in consumption of cigarettes and alcohol among adults in a rural Ugandan population cohort, 1994‐2011. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2015, 20(4):527-536.

De Vries J, Abayomi A, Littler K, Madden E, McCurdy S, Oukem-Boyer OOM, Seeley J, Staunton C, Tangwa G, Tindana P et al: Addressing ethical issues in H3Africa research -- the view of ethics committee members. Report of the H3Africa Ethics Consultation Meeting, 2nd June 2014. The HUGO Journal 2015, in press.

Bernays S, Seeley J, Rhodes T, Mupambireyi Z: What am I ‘living’ with? Growing up with HIV in Uganda and Zimbabwe Sociology of Health and Illness 2015, 37(2):270-283.

Barnett T, Seeley J, Levin J, Katongole J: Hope: a new approach to understanding structural factors in HIV acquisition. Global Public Health 2015, in press.

Barnett T, Fournie G, Gupta S, Seeley J: Some considerations concerning the challenge of incorporating social variables into epidemiological models of infectious disease transmission. Global Public Health 2015, in press.

2014

Watts C, Seeley J: Addressing gender inequality and intimate partner violence as critical barriers to an effective HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2014, 17(1).

Siu GE, Wight D, Seeley JA: Masculinity, social context and HIV testing: an ethnographic study of men in Busia district, rural eastern Uganda. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:33.

Siu GE, Wight D, Seeley J: ‘Dented’ and ‘Resuscitated’ masculinities: The impact of HIV diagnosis and/or enrolment on antiretroviral treatment on masculine identities in rural eastern Uganda. SAHARA-J: 2014, 11(1):211-221.

Seeley J: HIV and East Africa.  Thirty years in the shadow of an epidemic. Abingdon: Routledge; 2014.

Riha J, Karabarinde A, Ssenyomo G, Allender S, Asiki G, Kamali A, Young EH, Sandhu MS, Seeley J: Urbanicity and Lifestyle Risk Factors for Cardiometabolic Diseases in Rural Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS Medicine 2014, 11(7):e1001683.

Nakamanya S, Siu GE, Lassman R, Seeley J, Tann CJ: Maternal experiences of caring for an infant with neurological impairment after neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: a qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation 2014(0):1-7.

Mutabazi-Mwesigire D, Seeley J, Martin F, Katamba A: Perceptions of quality of life among Ugandan patients living with HIV: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health 2014, 14(1):343.

Murphy GA, Asiki G, Young EH, Seeley J, Nsubuga RN, Sandhu MS, Kamali A: Cardiometabolic Risk in a Rural Ugandan Population. Diabetes care 2014, 37(4):1169-1169.

Murphy GA, Asiki G, Nsubuga RN, Young EH, Seeley J, Sandhu MS, Kamali A: The use of anthropometric measures for cardiometabolic risk identification in a rural african population. Diabetes care 2014, 37(4):e64-65.

Mugisha JO, Kuper H, Seeley J: Older people's perception of anaemia in rural Southwest Uganda. Journal of aging and health 2014, 26(2):316-332.

Mugisha JO, Baisely K, Seeley J, Kuper H: The impact of anaemia on functioning in older people in a rural population in South West Uganda. British Journal of Haematology 2014, 167(4):580-583.

Mbonye M, Rutakumwa R, Weiss H, Seeley J: Alcohol consumption and high risk sexual behaviour among female sex workers in Uganda. African Journal of AIDS Research 2014, 13(2):145-151.

Massavon W, Mugenyi L, Nsubuga M, Lundin R, Penazzato M, Nannyonga M, Namisi C, Ingabire R, Kalibbala D, Kironde S: Nsambya community home-based care complements national HIV and TB management efforts and contributes to health systems strengthening in Uganda: an observational study. International Scholarly Research Notices Public Health 2014, 2014(in press).

Martin F, Russell S, Seeley J: Higher Quality of Life and Lower Depression for People on ART in Uganda as Compared to a Community Control Group. PloS one 2014, 9(8):e105154.

Martin F, Russell S, Seeley J: Adjustment as process and outcome: Measuring adjustment to HIV in Uganda. Journal of Health Psychology 2014:1359105314541313.

Lees S, Zalwango F, Andrew B, Vandepitte J, Seeley J, Hayes RJ, Francis SC: Understanding motives for intravaginal practices amongst Tanzanian and Ugandan women at high risk of HIV infection: the embodiment of social and cultural norms and well-being. Social Science and Medicine 2014, 102:165-173.

Kuteesa MO, Wright S, Seeley J, Mugisha J, Kinyanda E, Kakembo F, Mwesigwa R, Scholten F: Experiences of HIV-related stigma among HIV-positive older persons in Uganda–a mixed methods analysis. SAHARA-J: 2014(ahead-of-print):1-12.

Kawuma R, Bernays S, Siu G, Rhodes T, Seeley J: ‘Children will always be children’: Exploring perceptions and experiences of HIV-positive children who may not take their treatment and why they may not tell. African Journal of AIDS Research 2014, 13(2):189-195.

Kasedde S, Doyle AM, Seeley JA, Ross DA: They are not always a burden: Older people and child fostering in Uganda during the HIV epidemic. Social Science and Medicine 2014, 113(161-168).

Kaleebu P, Kamali A, Seeley J, Elliott A, Katongole‐Mbidde E: The Medical Research Council (UK)/Uganda Virus Research Institute Uganda Research Unit on AIDS–‘25 years of research through partnerships’. Tropical Medicine & International Health 2014.

Govender K, Seeley J, Watts C: Addressing structural factors in HIV prevention and treatment. African Journal of AIDS Research 2014, 13(2):iii-v.

Evangeli M, Newell M-L, Richter L, McGrath N: The Association between Self-Reported Stigma and Loss-to-Follow Up in Treatment Eligible HIV Positive Adults in Rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. PloS One 2014, 9(2):e88235.

de Vries J, Abayomi A, Brandful J, Littler K, Madden E, Marshall P, Oukem-Boyer OO, Seeley J: A perpetual source of DNA or something really different: ethical issues in the creation of cell lines for African genomics research. BMC medical ethics 2014, 15(1):60.

Chan AK, Ford D, Namata H, Muzambi M, Nkhata MJ, Abongomera G, Mambule I, South A, Revill P, Grundy C et al: The Lablite project: A cross-sectional mapping survey of decentralized HIV service provision in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14(1):352.

Asiki G, Seeley J, Srey C, Baisley K, Lightfoot T, Archileo K, Agol D, Abaasa A, Wakeham K, Routledge MN et al: A pilot study to evaluate aflatoxin exposure in a rural Ugandan population. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2014, 19(5) 592-599.

Agol D, Bukenya D, Seeley J, Kabunga E, Katahoire A: Marriage, intimacy and risk of HIV infection in South West Uganda. African Journal of Reproductive Health 2014, 18(4):79-87.

2013

Ssali A, Namukwaya S, Bufumbo L, Seeley J, D GL, Kamali A, Parkes-Ratanshi R: Pregnancy in HIV clinical trials in Sub Saharan Africa: failure of consent or contraception? PLoS One 2013, 8(9):e73556.

Siu GE, Seeley J, Wight D: Dividuality, masculine respectability and reputation: how masculinity affects men's uptake of HIV treatment in rural eastern Uganda. Social Science and Medicine 2013, 89:45-52.

Richards E, Zalwango F, Seeley J, Scholten F, Theobald S: Neglected older women and men: Exploring age and gender as structural drivers of HIV among people aged over 60 in Uganda. African Journal of AIDS Research 2013, 12(2):71-78.

Pearson G, Barratt C, Seeley J, Ssetaala A, Nabbagala G, Asiki G: Making a livelihood at the fish-landing site: exploring the pursuit of economic independence amongst Ugandan women. Journal of Eastern African Studies 2013, 7(4):751-765.

Nyirenda M, Newell ML, Mugisha J, Mutevedzi PC, Seeley J, Scholten F, Kowal P: Health, wellbeing, and disability among older people infected or affected by HIV in Uganda and South Africa. Global Health Action 2013, 6:19201.

Negin J, Nyirenda M, Seeley J, Mutevedzi P: Inequality in health status among older adults in Africa: the surprising impact of anti-retroviral treatment. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology 2013, 28(4):491-493.

Nazziwa J, Njai H, Ndembi N, Lyagoba F, Asiki G, Nakiyingi JM, Mpendo J, Nanvubya A, Birungi J, Debont J et al: HIV-1 transmitted drug resistance and evidence of transmission clusters among recently infected antiretroviral naïve individuals from Ugandan fishing communities of Lake Victoria. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses 2013, 29(5):788-795.

Mwai GW, Mburu G, Torpey K, Frost P, Ford N, Seeley J: Role and outcomes of community health workers in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2013, 16(1):18586.

Murphy GA, Asiki G, Ekoru K, Nsubuga RN, Nakiyingi-Miiro J, Young EH, Seeley J, Sandhu MS, Kamali A: Sociodemographic distribution of non-communicable disease risk factors in rural Uganda: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2013, 42(6):1740-1753.

Mugisha JO, Baisley K, Asiki G, Seeley J, Kuper H: Prevalence, types, risk factors and clinical correlates of anaemia in older people in a rural Ugandan population. PLoS One 2013, 8(10):e78394.

Mugisha J, Scholten F, Owilla S, Naidoo N, Seeley J, Chatterji S, Kowal P, Boerma T: Caregiving responsibilities and burden among older people by HIV status and other determinants in Uganda. AIDS Care 2013, 25(11):1341-1348.

McCreesh N, Tarsh MN, Seeley J, Katongole J, White RG: Community understanding of Respondent-Driven Sampling in a medical research setting in Uganda: importance for the use of RDS for public health research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 2013, 16(4):138-147.

McCreesh N, Copas A, Seeley J, Johnston LG, Sonnenberg P, Hayes RJ, Frost SD, White RG: Respondent driven sampling: determinants of recruitment and a method to improve point estimation. PLoS One 2013, 8(10):e78402.

McArthur M, Birdthistle I, Seeley J, Mpendo J, Asiki G: How HIV diagnosis and disclosure affect sexual behavior and relationships in Ugandan fishing communities. Qualitative Health Research 2013, 23(8):1125-1137.

Mburu G, Ram M, Skovdal M, Bitira D, Hodgson I, Mwai GW, Stegling C, Seeley J: Resisting and challenging stigma in Uganda: the role of support groups of people living with HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2013, 16(3 Suppl 2):18636.

Mburu G, Oxenham D, Hodgson I, Nakiyemba A, Seeley J, Bermejo A: Community systems strengthening for HIV care: experiences from Uganda. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life Palliative Care 2013, 9(4):343-368.

Mbonye M, Seeley J, Ssembajja F, Birungi J, Jaffar S: Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Jinja, Uganda: a six-year follow-up study. PLoS One 2013, 8(10):e78243.

                Mbonye M, Nakamanya S, Nalukenge W, King R, Vandepitte J, Seeley J: 'It is like a tomato stall where someone can pick what he likes': structure and practices of female sex work in Kampala, Uganda. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:741.

Mbonye M, Nakamanya S, Birungi J, King R, Seeley J, Jaffar S: Stigma trajectories among people living with HIV (PLHIV) embarking on a life time journey with antiretroviral drugs in Jinja, Uganda. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:804.

Mayanja B, Kabunga E, Masiira B, Lubega R, Kaleebu P, Seeley J: Personal barriers to antiretroviral therapy Adherence: Case studies from a rural Uganda prospective clinical cohort. . African Health Sciences 2013, 13(2):311-319.

Martin F, Kiwanuka T, Kawuma R, Zalwango F, Seeley J: Tasks and strategies of self-management of living with antiretroviral therapy in Uganda. AIDS patient care and STDs 2013, 27(12):697-706.

Locke C, Seeley J, Rao N: Migration, reconfigurations of family relations and social (In) security: an introduction. Third World Quarterly 2013, 34(10):1872-1880.

Locke C, Seeley J, Rao N: Migration and social reproduction at critical junctures in family life Course. Third World Quarterly 2013, 34(10):1881-1895.

Hanefeld J, Bond V, Seeley J, Lees S, Desmond N: Considerations for a Human Rights Impact Assessment of a Population Wide Treatment for HIV Prevention Intervention. Developing World Bioethics 2013, in press.

Francis SC, Baisley K, Lees SS, Andrew B, Zalwango F, Seeley J, Vandepitte J, Ao TT, van de Wijgert J, Watson-Jones D et al: Vaginal practices among women at high risk of HIV infection in Uganda and Tanzania: recorded behaviour from a daily pictorial diary. PLoS One 2013, 8(3):e59085.

Dillon DG, Gurdasani D, Riha J, Ekoru K, Asiki G, Mayanja BN, Levitt NS, Crowther NJ, Nyirenda M, Njelekela M et al: Association of HIV and ART with cardiometabolic traits in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology 2013, 42(6):1754-1771.

Byanzi P, Bukuluki P, Seeley J, Kaleebu P, Nielsen L, Kidega W, Sigirenda S, Kalinda J, Nabbosa R, Walugembe D: Reflections on applying ethnographic and PLA methods in undertaking research in fishing communities. PLA Notes 2013, 66(83-90).

Bull S, Cheah PY, Lwin KM, Marsh V, Molyneux S, Parker M, Theobald S, Bandewar S, Calazans G, Chipasula T et al: Consent and community engagement in diverse research contexts: reviewing and developing research and practice. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An International Journal 2013, 8(4):1-18.

Birdthistle I, Mayanja BN, Maher D, Floyd S, Seeley J, Weiss HA: Non-consensual sex and association with incident HIV infection among women: a cohort study in rural Uganda, 1990-2008. AIDS and Behavior 2013, 17(7):2430-2438.

Asiki G, Murphy G, Nakiyingi-Miiro J, Seeley J, Nsubuga RN, Karabarinde A, Waswa L, Biraro S, Kasamba I, Pomilla C et al: The general population cohort in rural south-western Uganda: a platform for communicable and non-communicable disease studies. International Journal of Epidemiology 2013, 42(1):129-141.

Asiki G, Abaasa A, Ruzagira E, Kibengo F, Bahemuka U, Mulondo J, Seeley J, Bekker LG, Delany S, Kaleebu P et al: Willingness to participate in HIV vaccine efficacy trials among high risk men and women from fishing communities along Lake Victoria in Uganda. Vaccine 2013, 31(44):5055-5061.

2012

Wright S, Zalwango F, Seeley J, Mugisha J, Scholten F: Despondency among HIV-positive older men and women in Uganda. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 2012, 27(4):319-333.

Ssemwanga D, Ndembi N, Lyagoba F, Bukenya J, Seeley J, Vandepitte J, Grosskurth H, Kaleebu P: HIV type 1 subtype distribution, multiple infections, sexual networks, and partnership histories in female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses 2012, 28(4):357-365.

Siu GE, Wight D, Seeley J: How a masculine work ethic and economic circumstances affect uptake of HIV treatment: experiences of men from an artisanal gold mining community in rural eastern Uganda. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012, 15(S1):1-9.

Seeley J, Watts CH, Kippax S, Russell S, Heise L, Whiteside A: Addressing the structural drivers of HIV: a luxury or necessity for programmes? Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012, 15(S1):1-4.

Seeley J, Nakiyingi-Miiro J, Kamali A, Mpendo J, Asiki G, Abaasa A, De Bont J, Nielsen L, Kaleebu P: High HIV incidence and socio-behavioral risk patterns in fishing communities on the shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2012, 39(6):433-439.

Seeley J, Mbonye M, Ogunde N, Kalanzi I, Wolff B, Coutinho A: HIV and identity: the experience of AIDS support group members who unexpectedly tested HIV negative in Uganda. Sociology of Health and Illness 2012, 34(3):330-344.

Seeley J: The changing relationships of co-wives over time in rural southern Uganda. Journal of Development Studies 2012, 48(1):68-80.

McCreesh N, O'Brien K, Nsubuga RN, Shafer LA, Bakker R, Seeley J, Hayes RJ, White RG: Exploring the potential impact of a reduction in partnership concurrency on HIV incidence in rural Uganda: A modelling study. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2012, 39(6):407-413.

McCreesh N, Frost SDW, Seeley J, Katongole J, Tarsh MN, Ndunguse R, Jichi F, Lunel NL, Maher D, Johnston LG: Evaluation of respondent-driven sampling. Epidemiology 2012, 23(1):138-147.

Mbonye M, Nalukenge W, Nakamanya S, Nalusiba B, King R, Vandepitte J, Seeley J: Gender inequity in the lives of women involved in sex work in Kampala, Uganda. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012, 15(3):1-9.

MacPherson EE, Sadalaki J, Njoloma M, Nyongopa V, Nkhwazi L, Mwapasa V, Lalloo DG, Desmond N, Seeley J, Theobald S: Transactional sex and HIV: understanding the gendered structural drivers of HIV in fishing communities in southern Malawi. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012, 15(3):1-9.

Kuteesa MO, Seeley J, Cumming RG, Negin J: Older people living with HIV in Uganda: understanding their experience and needs. African Journal of AIDS Research 2012, 11(4):295-305.

Hodgson I, Nakiyemba A, Seeley J, Bitira D, Gitau-Mburu D: Only connect--the role of PLHIV group networks in increasing the effectiveness of Ugandan HIV services. AIDS Care 2012, 24(11):1368-1374.

Barratt C, Mbonye M, Seeley J: Between town and country: shifting identity and migrant youth in Uganda. The Journal of Modern African Studies 2012, 50(02):201-223.

2015

Bernays S, Seeley J, Rhodes T, Mupambireyi Z: What am I ‘living’ with? Growing up with HIV in Uganda and Zimbabwe Sociology of Health and Illness 2015, 37(2):270-283.

Barnett T, Fournie G, Gupta S, Seeley J: Some considerations concerning the challenge of incorporating social variables into epidemiological models of infectious disease transmission. Global Public Health 2015, in press.

2014

Seeley J: HIV and East Africa.  Thirty years in the shadow of an epidemic. Abingdon: Routledge; 2014.

Riha J, Karabarinde A, Ssenyomo G, Allender S, Asiki G, Kamali A, Young EH, Sandhu MS, Seeley J: Urbanicity and Lifestyle Risk Factors for Cardiometabolic Diseases in Rural Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS Medicine 2014, 11(7):e1001683.

2013

Siu GE, Seeley J, Wight D: Dividuality, masculine respectability and reputation: how masculinity affects men's uptake of HIV treatment in rural eastern Uganda. Social Science and Medicine 2013, 89:45-52.

Nyirenda M, Newell ML, Mugisha J, Mutevedzi PC, Seeley J, Scholten F, Kowal P: Health, wellbeing, and disability among older people infected or affected by HIV in Uganda and South Africa. Global Health Action 2013, 6:19201.

Social aspects of health

Janet is a social anthropologist by training.  She has been actively engaged in research on the social aspects of health, particularly HIV and AIDS since 1987, working in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Other current research interests include chronic poverty and social protection, internal migration, livelihoods and gender. 

Over the last 30 years, she has undertaken extended periods of research in several countries, including Uganda, Zambia and Kenya. She is currently seconded from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for 60% of her time to the UK Medical Research Council Unit on AIDS, based in Uganda, where she heads the social science programme.