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Elona Toska

Co-lead: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub

Associate lecturer, Department of Sociology

Elona Toska

Elona  is an adolescent health researcher with specific interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health in resource-limited settings, and how to support them to engage in safe relationships with peers and adult figures in their lives. In addition to being, the UCT-lead of the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievements for Africa’s Adolescents Hub, Elona co-leads two studies in South Africa: the Mzantsi Wakho Adolescent Health cohort on adolescents living with HIV and the HEY BABY study on adolescent mothers and their children in collaboration with a wonderful team of colleagues.  She works closely with colleagues at UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric Foundation, and Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa to inform programming for adolescents and young people in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Contact details:

Email: elona.toska@uct.ac.za

Office: Room 4.29.03, Centre for Social Science Research, Leslie Social Science Building

Elona’s CV is available here

Latest publications

Pantelic, M., Casale, M., Cluver, L., Toska, E. & Moshabela, M. 2020. Multiple forms of discrimination and internalized stigma compromise retention in HIV care among South African adolescents. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 23(5). DOI: 10.1002/jia2.25488.

Sherr, L., Cluver, L., Desmond, C., Toska, E., Aber, L., Dhaliwal, M., Webb, D. & Dugbazah, J. 2020. A new vehicle to accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Lancet Global Health, 8(5), e637-e638. DOI: S2214-109X(20)30103-0.

Zungu, N., Toska, E., Gittings, L & Hodes, R. 2020.  Closing the gap in programming for adolescents living with HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa: The role of social protection in positive prevention. Govender, K. & Polu, N. (eds) Preventing HIV among Young People in Eastern and Southern Africa. Abingdon: Routledge.

Toska, E, Campeau, L., Cluver, L., Orkin, F.M., Berezin, M., Sherr, L., Laurenzi, C. & Bachman, G. 2020. Consistent provisions mitigate exposure to sexual risk and HIV among young adolescents in South Africa. AIDS & Behaviour. 24, 903-913. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-019-02735-x.

Toska, E. Hodes, R., Cluver, L., Atujuna, M. & Laurenzi, C. 2019.  Health for South Africa’s adolescents: How can we help them thrive? Shung-King, M., Lake, L., Sanders, D. & Hendricks, M. (eds) South African Child Gauge 2019. Cape Town: The Children’s Institute, 21-34.

Hodes, R., Vale, B. & Toska, E. 2019. The misclosure of an adolescent’s HIV-status. Mkhwanazi, N. & Manderson, L. (eds) Connected Lives: Families, Households, Health and Care in Contemporary South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Haghighat, R., Toska, E., Cluver, L., Gulaid, L. & Bains, A. 2019 Transition pathways out of pediatric care and associated HIV outcomes for adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. JAIDS, 82(2), 166-174. DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002125

Toska, E., Cluver, L., Orkin, M., Bains, A., Berezin, M., Sherr, L. & Gulaid, L. 2019. Screening and supporting through schools: Educational experiences and needs of adolescents living with HIV in a South African cohort. BMC Public Health, 19, 272. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6580-0

Cluver, L., Orkin, M., Campeau, L., Toska, E., Webb, D., Carlqvist, A., Sherr, L. 2019. Improving lives by accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals for adolescents living with HIV. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, 3, 245-254.DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30033-1

Dyer, C. E., Campeau, L., Toska, E., Cluver, L. & Hodes, R. 2019.  Are youth living with HIV in South Africa reaching the Sustainable Development Goals? CSSR Working Paper No. 434.  Cape Town: Centre for Social Research, University of Cape Town. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17602.32960

Casale, M., Boyes, M., Pantelic, M., Toska, E., & Cluver, L. 2019. Suicidal thoughts and behaviour among South African adolescents living with HIV: Can social support buffer the impact of stigma? Journal of Affective Disorders, 245, 82-90. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.102

Genevieve Haupt Ronnie

Research Officer: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub, Work Package 5 Coordinator

Genevieve is a researcher with interest in education and equality as well as mental health issues related to social inequalities.  Before joinng the Accelerate Hub she worked as a researcher and project manager on a number of collaborative research studies investigating personal mobile devices used in teaching and learning in the Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at UCT. Prior to this, Genevieve worked in the Education and Skills Development Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council from 2009-2015 as a junior researcher in the areas of social justice and inequalities in the broader realm of education. She holds a Master's degree in Research Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and will be completing her PhD in the near future.




Contact details:

Email : Genevieve.hauptronnie@uct.ac.za

Office : Room 4.29 Centre for Social Science Research, Leslie Social Science Building

Genevieve’s CV is available here

Latest publications

Czerniewicz, L., Trotter, H. & Haupt, G. 2019. Online teaching in response to student protests and campus shutdowns: Academics' perspectives. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 16 (43). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-019-0170-1

Lucas Hertzog

Research Officer: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub, Work Package 2 Coordinator

Lucas Hertzog

Lucas is a sociologist interested in the relationship between work and digital technologies. His work focuses on secondary quantitative data analyses of existing or recently collected datasets, from studies that test impacts across multiple shared Sustainable Development Goals outcomes for adolescents. Lucas holds a PhD in Sociology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2019), an MSc in Sociology (2015), and BA in Social Sciences (2012) from the same university. Previously, he has worked as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Fronteira Sul, and as a Researcher at the Brazilian Ministry of Justice.



Contact details:

Email: lucas.hertzog@uct.ac.za

Office: Room 4.41, Centre for Social Science Research, Leslie Social Science Building

Lucas’ CV is available here

Latest publications

Hertzog, L. & Mello, L.  (accepted) An intersectional approach to inequalities: Ruptures with hierarchical views. Contemporânea, Sociology Journal of UFSCAR.

Hertzog, L. 2019. Between the spectacularising of everyday life and working-class pragmatism: Theoretical elements for understanding subjectivities on YouTube. Inter-Legere, 2(26), 1-24. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21680/1982 1662.2019v2n26ID15946

Nosiphiwo Lawrence

Project Officer: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub

Nosiphiwo Lawrence

Nosiphiwo the Project Officer for Teenage Advisory Groups (TAG) and adolescent engagement. Nosiphiwo worked as a Research Assistant in several qualitative research projects focusing on adolescent health, particularly in TB and HIV research. She has also been involved in developing programmes aimed at supporting young women’s adherence in taking PrEP and in general health and wellbeing. Nosiphiwo holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town and has additional training in qualitative research methods.




Contact details:

Email:  nosipiwo.lawrence@uct.ac.za

Nosiphiwo’s CV is available here

Zahra Abba Omar

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

Zahra is a research assistant with the Accelerate Hub. She is currently completing her Honours degree in Sociology at UCT. Her research is located at the intersection between technology and the social sciences and is concerned with the influence of technology on society, in particular, the use of technology in repression and in resistance.  Zahra is a recipient of a NRF Honours Innovation Scholarship for 2020. Her thesis, supervised by Associate Professor Amrita Pande, focuses on the implications of the feminization of artificial intelligence – specifically virtual assistant software – under surveillance capitalism. She is also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow for 2019/2020, a programme of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation that identifies and supports young academics of colour early in their career path.



Contact details:

Email: ABBZAH003@myuct.ac.za

Zahra’s CV is available here

Latest publications

Toska, E. & Abba Omar, Z. 2019. Making U=U work for adolescents living with HIV: Making options, choices, and opportunities available for all, DSBS Fieldnotes, viewed 9 June 2020, <http://www.dsbsfieldnotes.uct.ac.za/news/making-uu-work-adolescents-living-hiv-making-options-choices-and-opportunities-available-all>