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Thembelihle Zuma

PhD Student

Africa Centre for Population Health and
University of KwaZulu-Natal

School of Nursing and Public Health

Thembelihle Zuma

P.O. Box 198
Mtubatuba 3935
South Africa

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PhD Scholarship

National Health Scholars Programme (MRC

  1. Orne-Gliemann, Joanna, Joseph Larmarange, Sylvie Boyer, Collins Iwuji, Nuala Mcgrath, Till Bärnighausen, Thembelile Zuma et al. "Addressing social issues in a universal HIV test and treat intervention trial (ANRS 12249 TasP) in South Africa: methods for appraisal." BMC public health 15, no. 1 (2015): 209.
  2. Richter, Linda M., Tamsen J. Rochat, Celia Hsiao, and Thembelihle H. Zuma. "Evaluation of a brief intervention to improve the nursing care of young children in a high HIV and AIDS setting." Nursing research and practice 2012 (2012).
  3. Richter, L.; Somai, M.; Zuma, T.; & Ramsoomar, L (2009). Children's Perspectives on Death and Dying in Southern Africa in the Context of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. The Forum, 34 (1):7-8.
  4. Zuma, T. (2009). A study of nurses' experiences of paediatric care in resource-poor settings in the context of HIV and AIDS. URI:

Current: African Traditional healing systems, HIV/AIDS and HIV treat

Thembelihle Zuma’s early work in research involved mixed methods research on the wellbeing of children affected and infected with HIV, where she worked at the Human Sciences Research Council, under the supervision of Dr Tamsen Rochat from 2006-2008. Since 2009, Ms Zuma has been employed at the Africa Centre for Population Health Studies, a centre of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, when she undertook her internship training as part of her professional training as a Research Psychologist through the Department of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, under the supervision of Ms Carol Mitchell and Professor Linda Richter. She graduated in April 2010.

Post masters, Thembelihle continued working as a junior researcher on a Treatment as Prevention (TasP) feasibility project 2010-12 funded by ANRS, under the supervision of Dr Tamsen Rochat, and Dr John Imrie to explore community perceptions of early antiretroviral. Following the success of the small qualitative study, Ms Zuma continued to work within the social science group and participated as an investigator on a qualitative study embedded in the main TASP trial which began in mid-2012.

Ms Zuma’s current research work focuses on the role of African traditional healing systems in the context of HIV/AIDS and ART as part of her doctoral degree at the Scholl of Public Health with the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the supervision of Dr Mosa Moshabela. The purpose of her doctoral study is to better understand the relationship between western biomedicine and African traditional healing systems in the context of HIV/AIDS and ART. The doctoral study aims to explore how the African traditional healing systems are defined and practiced by healers, and understood and practiced by community members, in a rural HIV-endemic community, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.