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TB or not TB: A data-driven approach to identify putative pulmonary TB in low-resource settings: A CSSR seminar with Siyanai Zhou and Elona Toska
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 15:30

Tuberculosis is one of the most common causes of death in the era of HIV/AIDS. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa houses third largest global burdens of tuberculosis (TB) after India and China, and 28% of the world’s cases involve HIV-TB co-infection. Recent studies in South Africa indicate that <10% of patients attending clinics for TB-related symptoms were screened for TB and TB screening among people living with HIV is around 80%. Among those tested for TB, the availability of results in patient files is limited. Thus, accurate estimates for rates of TB infection remain unknown, particularly for high-risk populations. Recently, provider-initiated TB case-finding has become an integral part of HIV care in resource-poor settings. However, studies comparing symptom-based screening with sputum tests suggest that current symptom screening has poor sensitivity. This presentation will illustrate the use of latent class analysis to empirically identify distinct patterns of self-reported pulmonary TB symptoms from the second wave of Mzantsi Wakho study – the world’s largest cohort of adolescents living with HIV. In turn, given low rates of TB screening and accurate testing in the South Africa this will help to estimate rates of pulmonary TB infection among this high-risk population as well as explore a simple symptom screening checklist that may be crucial for more effective case finding and follow-up treatment in high-burden, low-resource contexts like South Africa.

International AIDS Conference 2018
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 11:30

The Mzantsi Wakho and HEY BABY teams – based at ASRU – gave 14 presentations at the International AIDS Conference 2018 and associated events, held on July 19-27, 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr Elona Toska presented early findings on pregnancy among adolescents living with HIV in South Africa from the HEY BABY and Mzantsi Wakho studies, while Lesley Gittings presented research on adolescent and provider views on adherence and defaulting, an initiative led by Dr Rebecca Hodes, ASRU director, in collaboration with the Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa.

Child mobility and household strategies in the context of labour migration. A CSSR seminar with Katharine Hall
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 11:45


South Africa has uniquely high rates of parental absence from children’s lives. Apartheid-era restrictions on population movement and residential arrangements contributed to family fragmentation, particularly when adults – mainly men – migrated to work in cities and on the mines. Despite the removal of legal impediments to permanent urban settlement and family co-residence for Africans, patterns of internal and oscillating labour migration have endured, dual or stretched households continue to link urban and rural nodes, and children have remained less urbanised than adults. Importantly for children, migration rates among prime-age women have increased, alongside falling marriage rates, declining remittances and persistently high unemployment. Households, and women especially, may have to make difficult choices about how to manage the competing demands of child care and income generation.

Elona Toska Aids and Society Researcher, and a Cipher Grant awardee, interviewed at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 14:30

This Cipher grant will find out how we can tweak health services to help adolescent mothers living with HIV and their children.

Aids& Society Research Unit Associate, Siyanai Zhou was awarded certificate of Excellence
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 13:30

ASRU Research Associate, Siyanai Zhou, was awarded a certificate of excellence for his presentation during the 13th Population Association of Southern Africa Conference held at Stellenbosch University, 18-20th July 2018. Siyah has just completed his MPhil in Demography at UCT and is currently working with  Dr Toska to analyse quantitative Mzantsi Wakho data on sexual and reproductive and TB

Crime in South African Cities: Towards a Hotspots Methodology: A CSSR Seminar with Matthew Skade,Centre of Criminology and Safety and Violence Initiative, UCT.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:15

This presentation will discuss the research method that was devised for the South African Cities Network to study crime hotspots in South Africa.

ASRU researchers will be presenting in numerous fora at the upcoming International AIDS Conference and affiliated events
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 14:30

ASRU researchers will be presenting in numerous fora at the upcoming International AIDS Conference and affiliated events. Here is a roadmap of our presentations

CSSR Amin bid farewell to Max Price
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 09:45

"Take care of UCT in whatever you are doing." - Max Price

Lesley Gittings delivered a presentation based on her PhD research with Mzantsi Wakho
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:00

Lesley Gittings delivered a presentation based on her PhD research with Mzantsi Wakho entitled 'Becoming men: HIV-positive adolescent boys' engagement with traditional and biomedical health services and products.

CSSR student, Kristy Button, publishes in an article in Curent Sociology
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 09:30

Congratulations Kristy!

Dr Susan Holland Muter
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Holland-Muter!
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 09:15

Congratulations to Dr Susan Holland-Muter, a FaSRU researcher, for receiving her Doctoral degree!