Mzantsi Wakho web page launched -

1 Jul 2016 - 10:30

Mzantsi Wakho (‘Your South Africa’) is based in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape. Its academic homes are at the University of Cape Town, and Oxford University’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention.

The study seeks to answer several research questions about youth health, with a focus on medicines-taking and sexual and reproductive health. It uses multiple methods and data sources to identify and investigate risk and resilience-promoting factors, through linked qualitative and quantitative studies. The research team collaborates with adolescents, frontline healthcare
workers and social service providers to design support tools to improve adherence to medicines and access to health services.

The study was designed and conceptualised in collaboration with the South African Departments of Health, Basic Education, and Social Development, UNICEF and UNAIDS, Paediatric AIDS Treatment
for Africa, and community-based organisations the Keiskamma Trust, the Raphael Centre, Kheth’Impilo and Small Projects Foundation.

Our primary funders are The Nuffield Foundation (UK), The International AIDS Society’s Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research, and Evidence for HIV Prevention in South Africa. Additional support is also provided by the European Research Council and the Philip Leverhulme Fund.