Dr. Brenda Oulo

Dr. Brenda Oulo, Medical Doctor, Epidemiologist and Biostatistician from Kenya, is this year’s 12 month IAVI Fellow. She has been working on two projects at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation; she is the Project Coordinator of Goals for Girl and has been working on the write up of the Girl Power study. With the help of her mentor, Dr. Nadia Ahmed, Dr. Oulo has been gaining field experience, leadership skills and project logistic experience with the implementation of Goals for Girls in schools in the Mitchells Plain and Klipfontein sub-district, assessing the impact of the extra-curricular activity of soccer on adolescent, female health.

She has also been working with Socio-behavioural Scientist, Laura Myers, on the data analysis and manuscript write up of Girl Power, finding trends in the Girl Power data.

‘I really enjoyed the Biostatistical components of the study design process which is a departure from my clinical background and one of the major reasons that I took up the fellowship.’

                                                                Dr. Brenda Oulo 2018

Dr. Desire Habonimana

Dr. Desire Habonimana, a Medical Doctor and Epidemiologist from Burundi, completed his 3 month IAVI Fellowship. He worked with Socio-behavioral Scientist, Project Lead and Head of Mobile Services,Philip Smith, on a paper on the ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health behaviors among Adolescents versus adults attending mobile clinics in Cape Town, South Africa’. He is continually working with Philip to submit this manuscript, upon completion.

Azia Ivo Nchendia

Azia Ivo Nchendia is a Public Health Master Graduate from Cameroon, who has completed his 6 month IAVI Fellowship. He is currently working on a manuscript on the ‘Lessons Learnt from the POWER study’, in collaboration with his mentor, Socio-behavioural Scientist, Elzette Rousseau-Jemwa. He has experienced the Tutu Teen Truck in action, had the opportunity to develop research skills through conducting qualitative research and had the opportunity to further develop his written skills.

Janine Clayton

Janine Clayton, a Clinical Psychologist and Programme Specialist from South Africa, worked on several projects during her 3 month fellowship. She worked with Socio-behavioural Scientist, Elzette Rousseau-Jemwa, on revamping the Keeping Girls in School curriculum. She also had the chance to work with Socio-behavioral Scientist, Philip Smith, on completing a paper on HIV self-testing titled ‘Blood-based HIV self-testing: an acceptable and easy alternative to facility- based testing’ that was submitted to the Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics for publishing. Lastly, Janine had the opportunity of working with Dr. Nadia Ahmed on the start of the AYFS Evaluation of the AYFS Programme in 24 clinics in the Mitchells Plain and Klipfontein sub-district.