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Dr Mosa Moshabela

(MBChB, MFamMed, Dip HIV (SA), PhD)

Wellcome trust Fellow - Africa Centre for Population Health

Chief Medical Specialist and Head of Rural Health – University of KwaZulu Natal

Principal Investigator – Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu Natal

Dr Mosa Moshabela is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Africa Centre for Population, and appointed as Head of the Department and Chief Medical Specialist of Rural Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. He is trained as a medical doctor (MBChB), clinically specialized in Family Medicine and Primary Health Care (MFamMed), and also obtained a Diploma in HIV/AIDS management (Dip HIV [SA]). He is a clinician researcher recognized and rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) is South Africa, and holds a doctoral degree (PhD) in Public Health in the area of health systems and policy research with particular relevance to rural and resource poor settings. He currently a recipient of a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and works in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Prior to joining UKZN, he was the regional health advisor for the Millennium Villages in West and Central Africa, based at the MDG Centre in Mali/Senegal, and affiliated with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, NYC, USA as a Public Health Specialist. He lead a team of technical experts to support implementation of programs in Nutrition, Child health, Maternal health, and Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis sub-sectors, relevant to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health. He had joined the Earth Institute after completing a five-year term at the School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he worked as Senior Lecturer and Research Director of the Rural AIDS and Development Action Research Programme. Besides the Wellcome Trust, he has also received academic fellowships from Forgarty in the US and the Discovery Foundation in South Africa.

Dr Mosa Moshabela

Africa Centre for health and population studies

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3935, South Africa

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Recent publications - (last 3 years)

1. Mosa Moshabela, Ilona Sips, Francoise Barten. Needs assessment by community care workers and social support networks in rural home—based care. Global Health Action 2016 (Forthcoming)
2. Seth Zissette, Mellissa Watts, Neil prose, Ntokozo Mntambo, Mosa Moshabela. “If you don’t take a stand for your life, who will help you?”: Men’s engagement in HIV care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Psychology of Men and Masculinity 2015 (In Press)
3. Ingrid Nanne, Mosa Moshabela, Ousmane Mbaye, Uyen Huynh. When development breeds contempt: case studies of community-driven health systems initiatives from Senegal and Mali, West Africa. Journal of Development Practice 2015, 25(8):1120-1130
4. Langelihle Mlotshwa, Bronwyn Harris, Helen Schneider, Mosa Moshabela. Exploring perceptions and experiences of Community Health Workers using Role Identity Theory. Global Health Action 2015, 8
5. Birch Stephen, Govender Veloshnee, Fried Jana, Eyles John, Daries Vanessa, Moshabela Mosa, Cleary Susan. Does treatment collection and observation each day keep the patient away? Analysing the determinants of adherence among patients with Tuberculosis in South Africa. Health Policy & Planning 2015
6. Jana Fried, Bronwyn Harries, Mosa Moshabela, John Eyles. "Acceptable Care? Illness Constructions, Healthworlds and Accessible Chronic Treatment in South Africa"Qualitative Health Research 2015, 25(5): 622-635
7. Mosa Moshabela, Massamba Sene, Ingrid Nanne, Yombo Tankoano, Jennifer Schafer, Oumulkhairy Diouf, Sonia Sachs. Early detection of maternal deaths in Senegal through household-based death notification: integrated verbal and social autopsy. BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15(1): 16
8. Elisabeth Becker, Caroline Kuo, Don Operario, Mosa Moshabela, Lucie Cluver. Assessing adult-child concordance for a HIV/AIDS verbal diagnostic tool: agreement between adult and child reports on the HIV/AIDS status of adults caring for children in South Africa. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2015 (In Press)
9. Robinson N, Moshabela M, Owusu-Ansah L, Kapungu C, Geller S. Barriers to Intrauterine Device Uptake in a rural Ghana Setting. Health Care for Women International 2014 (Ahead of Print)
10. Marija Pantelic, Lucie Cluver, Mark Boyes, Elona Toska, Caroline Kuo, Mosa Moshabela. Medical pluralism predicts non-ART use among parents in need of ART: a community survey in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Aids and Behavior 2014, 19(1): 137-144
11. Ilona Sips, Ahmed Haeri Mazanderani, Helen Schneider, Minrie Greeff, Francoise Barten, Mosa Moshabela. Social capital in home-based care: community care workers, poor referral networks and consumption of personal resources in rural South Africa. PLoS ONE 2014 9(4)
12. Rose Zulliger, Mosa Moshabela, Helen Schneider. “She is my teacher and if it was not for her I would be dead”: Exploration of rural South African community health workers’ information, education and communication activities. AIDS Care 2014, 26(5): 626-632
13. Mosa Moshabela, Shira Gitomer, Bongiwe Qhibi, Helen Schneider. Development of non-profit organisations providing health and social services in rural South Africa: a three-year longitudinal study. PLoS ONE 2013 8(12)
14. Van Pletzen E, Zulliger R, Moshabela M, Schneider H. "The size, characteristics and partnership networks of the health-related non-profit sector in three regions of South Africa: implications of changing primary health care policy for community-based care". Health Policy & Planning 2013
15. Lucie Cluver, Mark Orkin, Mosa Moshabela, Caroline Kuo & Mark Boyes. The hidden harm of home-based care: Pulmonary tuberculosis symptoms among children providing home medical care to HIV/AIDS-affected adults in South Africa, AIDS Care 2013 25(6): 748-755

Older publications - (proceeding past 3 years)

16. Boniface R, Moshabela M, Zulliger R, MacPherson P, Nyasulu P. Correlates of Delayed Pulmonary Tuberculosis Diagnosis among HIV-Infected Pulmonary Tuberculosis Suspects in a Rural HIV Clinic, South Africa: A retrospective cohort study Tuberc Res Treat 2012
17. Helen Schneider, Veloshnee Govender, Bronwyn Harris, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Susan Cleary, Mosa Moshabela, Stephen Birch. Gender inequalities in access to HIV care in South Africa: a mixed methods exploratory study. TMIH 2012, 17(7): 820-826
18. Moshabela M, Schneider H, Cleary S, Silal S. Factors associated with patterns of plural healthcare utilization among patients taking antiretroviral therapy in rural and urban South Africa: a cross-sectional study BMC Health Serv Res, 2012, 12(1): 182
19. Moshabela M, MacPherson P, Ezard N, Frean E, Mashimbye L, Elliot J, Oldenburg B. Clinical and social-environmental factors associated with diarrhoeal disease in a rural HIV/AIDS clinic, South Africa: a case-control study Int J STD & AIDS, 2012; 23(5):346-50
20. Cleary Susan, Birch Stephen, Moshabela Mosa, Schneider Helen. Unequal access to ART: exploratory results from rural and urban case studies of ART use BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections 2012, 88: 141-146
21. Moshabela M, Schneider H, Cleary S, Pronyk P, Eyles J. Does accessibility to antiretroviral care improve after 'down-referral' of patients from hospitals to health centres in rural South Africa? AJAR 2011, 10(4): 393–401
22. Lisa Kakinami, Guy De Bruyn, Paul Pronyk, Lerato Mohapi, Nkeko Tshabangu, Mosa Moshabela, James Mcintyre, Neil A. Martinson. 2011. The Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy on Activities of Daily Living in HIV-Infected Adults in South Africa AIDS & Behavior, Volume 15, Issue 4 (2011), Page 823.
23. Moshabela, M., P. Pronyk, N. Williams, H. Schneider, and M. Lurie. 2011. “Patterns and implications of medical pluralism among HIV/AIDS patients in rural South Africa.” AIDS and Behavior Volume 15, Issue 4 (2011), Page 842.
24. Kartik K Venkatesh, Guy de Bruyn, Mark N Lurie, Lerato Mohapi, Paul Pronyk, Mosa Moshabela, Edmore Marinda, Glenda E Gray, Elizabeth W Triche, Neil A Martinson. Decreased sexual behavior in the era of HAART among HIV-infected urban and rural South Africans attending primary care clinics AIDS 2010 24(17): 2687
25. Venkatesh KK, de Bruyn G, Lurie MN, Lentle K, Tshabangu N, Moshabela M, Martinson N. Patient referral from nurses to doctors in a nurse-led HIV primary care clinic in South Africa: implications for training and support. AIDS Care 2010, 22(11): 1332-1339
26. Jonathan E. Golub, Paul Pronyk, Lerato Mohapi, Nkeko Tshabangu, Mosa Moshabela, Helen Struthers, Glenda E. Gray, James A. McIntyre, Richard E. Chaisson, Neil A. Martinson. Isoniazid preventive therapy, HAART and tuberculosis risk in HIV-infected adults in South Africa: a prospective cohort. AIDS 2009, 23:631–636.
27. MacPherson P, Mosa Moshabela, Neil Martinson, Paul Pronyk. Mortality and loss to follow-up among HAART initiators in rural South Africa Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2009, 103:588-593.

HIV and TB, and Health Systems, Services and Policy Research (Access, Utilisation, Quality, Outcomes & Impact)

While his current fellowship is designed to study the impact of medical pluralism in health care seeking behaviour on the continuum of care for HIV/AIDS, he continues to actively engage in several areas of research at the nexus of HIV/TB epidemic and health systems improvement - access to care, quality of care, human resources for health, informal health care providers and care-seeking patient behavior. He is currently a principal investigator at the Centre for Rural Health, UKZN, and his research include 1) [MONARCH] a quality improvement intervention funded by the European Union through the Africa Centre for Population Health, 2) [TiME] transformation of the medical education curriculum in South Africa funded by the NRF, and 3) [DRILL - MEPI 2] a research training and development project for junior faculty at UKZN funded by the NIH. At the Africa Centre for Population Health, he is principal investigator of 1) HIV health care bottlenecks, a multi-country study funded by Gates Foundation, 2 decentralization of services for Drug-resistant TB, a multisite study funded by the MRC-UK, and 3) participates in the qualitative aspects of HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP) Trial.