Ndumiso Madubela was the 2017 12 month IAVI Fellow, from South Africa. He was mentored by Philip Smith and Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker. Ndumiso worked as the Project Coordinator for Men's Dialogue for the Zimele Project. He worked on the qualitative and quantitative data collection for a manuscript on Men’s Dialogue, the Zimele Project for the research gained during his Fellowship.
Ndumiso is currently conducting a PhD titled 'Masibambisane Madoda: What do young men want in a sexual healthcare service?' This is formative research that aims to investigate models of care that improve accessibility and uptake of sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and treatment services among men.
Dr. Robina Momanyi
Dr. Robina Momanyi, from Kenya, completed her 3 month IAVI Fellowship in 2017. Robina was mentored by Socio-behavioral Scientist, Dr Millicent Atujuna. She was assigned two activities during her fellowship; to write a paper using the acceptability and product preferences qualitative data collected from adolescents, heterosexual men, women and the MSM population; and the second activity to develop a database of relevant literature that she and the team at DTHF would use to write a review paper examining Health Care Transition models in South Africa. Robina also had the opportunity to present on disclosure among youth at the 2017 IAVI Workshop.
‘Working with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation as an IAVI fellow was a dream come true. I got to work on 2 short projects with this amazing team that were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. There was no challenge that didn't find a solution and no effort spared to help achieve objectives. I learnt a lot in the research field in this professional yet homely environment. For all this and more, I say ahsante (thank you) and to more realization of dreams, aspirations and unleashing of potential.’
Dr. Robina Momanyi 2018
Sicily Mburu, was a 3 month IAVI Fellow from Kenya, who was part of the 2017 cohort. She was mentored by Socio-behavioral Scientist, Elzette Rousseau-Jemwa, and was part of the conceptualization and implementation of a sub-study to the POWER study, Prevention Options for Women Evaluation Research, which aimed at suppling PrEP to adolescents on the Tutu Teen Truck mobile clinic. This sub-study was called, "Perceived and actual HIV risk of adolescent girls and young women declining PrEP delivered from a community-based clinic". Sicily became a part of the team who wrote the protocol, trained the field staff and implemented.
Since completing her Fellowship, Sicily joined the Swedish Organization for Global Health as the Evaluation Coordinator of the Mama and Family Project based in South East Uganda where she provides technical support in sexual and reproductive health, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. She is working with anti-natal care and increase uptake of HIV testing among women in a project run clinic. Sicily is also, currently undertaking her applied research Masters in public health specializing in Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute.
Sicily has remained in contact with Elzette at least twice a month to work on their research paper, as participants were still being recruited for this sub-study during her fellowship. Recently, Sicily and Elzette’s abstract for this sub-study was submitted to HIVR4P study, in Madrid.
Abdulmumin Ibrahim, was a 3 month IAVI Fellow from Nigeria. Abdulmumin was mentored by Dr. Katherine Gill and Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker Abdul investigated the prevalence and severity in adolescents who had not been exposed to HIV. The title of his research, 'Hepatitis B status in cohort of HIV-uninfected Adolescents: The need for Hepatitis B booster vaccine'.
Abdul has recently been awarded and begun a PhD in at UCT in October 2017. His PhD is in "Impact of maternal HIV on the uninfected neonatal brain".