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Omololu Aluko    

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub

Omololu Aluko

Omololu is a statistician whose interest is in biostatistics, epidemiology, health research and applied statistics. His current research is on the analysis of disease outcome data among adolescent girls and young women in South Africa as it relates to achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Omololu also does research on the analysis of non-Gaussian longitudinal, clustered disease outcome data and modelling of infectious diseases. Omolulu completed his PhD at the University of Kwazulu Natal.

 

 

 

 

Contact details:

Email: omololu.aluko@uct.ac.za

Office: Room 4.28 Centre for Social Science Research, Leslie Social Science  Building

Omololu’s CV is available here

Latest publications

Mosha, N. R., Aluko, O. S., Todd, J., Machekano, R. & Young, T. 2020. Analytical methods used in handling missing data in estimating prevalence of HIV/AIDS for demographic and cross-sectional studies: A systematic review, BMC Medical Research Methodology.  20(1), 65. DOI: 10.1186/s12874-020-00944-w.


Silinganisiwe Dzumbunu

Doctoral Student: - UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents Hub (Accelerate) Hub

Silinganisiwe Dzumbunu

Silinganisiwe is a doctoral student with the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Actuarial Research and one of the Accelerate Hub’s Early Career Researchers. Her research focuses on empowerment of adolescents and reproductive experiences over the life-course.  She holds a MPhil degree in Demography from the University of Cape Town and a BSc (Honours) degree in Operations Research and Statistics from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. Her research interests include adolescents sexual and fertility behaviour and gender equality.

 

 

 

Contact details:

Email: dzmsil001@myuct.ac.za   

Office: Room 6.51 Centre for Actuarial Research, Leslie Social Science  Building

Silinganisiwe’s CV is available here.


Hlengiwe Sacolo Gwebu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub

Hlengiwe Sacolo Gwebu

Hlengiwe is a research member of the “Parenting for Lifelong Health Scale-Up of Parenting Evaluation Research” (PLH-SUPER) study, a research collaboration between the WHO, UNICEF, and the Universities of Bangor, Cape Town, Oxford, and Stellenbosch. The project’s focus is on reducing violence against children and improving child wellbeing. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Taipei Medical University where her research utilized structural equation modeling to study high risk sexual behaviors for HIV among in-school youth. Hlengiwe completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2019. Her work focused on the prevention and control of schistosomiasis among children in South Africa. 

 

 

Contact details:

Email: hnsacolo@gmail.com;  hlengiwe.gwebu@uct.ac.za

Hlengiwe CV is available here

Latest publications

Sacolo-Gwebu, H., Chimbari, M. & Kalinda C. 2019. Prevalence and risk factors of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases among preschool aged children (1–5 years) in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A cross-sectional study. Infectious Diseases of Poverty. 8(1), 47. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1186/s40249-019-0561-5

Sacolo-Gwebu, H., Chimbari, M. & Kalinda, C. 2019.  Knowledge, attitudes and practices on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths among caregivers in Ingwavuma area in uMkhanyakude district, South Africa. BMC Infectious Diseases. 19, 734. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-019-4253-3


Wylene Saal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub

Wylene Saal

Wylene is a quantitative investigator on the HEY BABY study, a large-scale study of the lives of adolescent mothers and their children. She holds a PhD in Research Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on common mental disorders (i.e. major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and alcohol use disorder) among people seeking HIV testing in the Western Cape. Her research interests include adolescent mental health, HIV, research methodology and health psychology. She is currently investigating patterns of disclosure, stigma and sexual health practices among adolescent girls and young women living with HIV in the Mzantsi Wakho and HEY BABY studies.

 

 

Contact details:

Email: wylene.saal@uct.ac.za

Office: Room 4.28, Centre for Social Science Research, Leslie Social Science  Building

Wylene’s CV is available here

Latest publications

Bantjes, J., Saal, W., Lochner, C., Roos, J., Auerbach, R.P., Mortier, P., Bruffaerts, R., Kessler, R.C. & Stein, D. J.  2020.  Inequality and mental healthcare utilisation among first-year university students in South Africa. International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 14(5). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-020-0339-y

Saal, W.L., Kagee, S.A. & Bantjes, J. 2020. Gender differences in the utility of the alcohol use disorder identification test in screening for alcohol use disorder among HIV test seekers in South Africa. AIDS and Behavior. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-019-02772-6

Bantjes, J., Breet, E., Saal, W., Lochner, C., Roos, J., Mortier, P., Auerbach, R.P., Bruffaerts, R., Kessler, R.C. & Stein, D.J. 2019. Epidemiology of non-fatal suicidal behavior among first-year university students in South Africa. Death Studies. DOI:10.1080/07481187.2019.1701143

Banjes, J., Lochner, C., Saal, W.L., Roos, J., Taljaard, L. Page, D., Auerbach, R.P., Mortier, P., Bruffaerts, R., Kessler, R.C. & Stein, D.J. 2019. Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of common mental disorders among first-year university students in post-apartheid South Africa. South African Medical Journal. 19(1), DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-7218-y

Banjes, J., Kagee, S.A. & Saal, W.L. 2019. The utility of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist as a screening instrument for common mental disorders among persons seeking HIV testing. AIDS and Behaviour. 24(2), 629-636.  DOI: 10.1007/s10461-019-02524-6

Saal, W.L., Kagee, S.A., & Bantjes, J. 2019. Evaluation of the Beck Anxiety Inventory in predicting generalized anxiety disorder among individuals seeking HIV testing in the Western Cape, South Africa. South African Journal of Psychiatry. 25(0), 1336. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v25i0.1336

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