This week the FaSRU team attended the Centre of Excellence in Human Development’s conference on ‘Children, Families and the State: Contestation and Collaboration’ at Wits University. Elena spoke in a panel on “Methodologies for finding out more”. The conference was well attended by most scholars working on children and families in South Africa together with a range of policymakers, postgraduate students and representatives from government.
The presentation will reflect on the pragmatic, political, epistemological and methodological possibilities and challenges of conducting collaborative longitudinal qualitative research with families in 21 study communities in South Africa and Zambia in the context of a large-scale cluster randomised HIV prevention trial. Through describing the will describe the design and conduct of the qualitative cohort study nested within this one trial context, the presentation will explore the benefits and limitations of forms of knowledge produced through this approach. Further, it will think through broader possibilities for and implications of integrating collaborative ethnographic and social scientific research into population-based clinical trials and public health research.
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.
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
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.