Mzantsi Wakho is a research collaboration about youth health in South Africa.

Mzantsi Wakho (‘Your South Africa’) is based in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape. Its academic homes are Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. 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.

Latest News

Becoming men: HIV-positive adolescent boys’ engagement with traditional and biomedical health services and products

June 4, 2018

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’. She presented findings on medical pluralism and (dis)engagement with HIV treatment and care for adolescent boys and young men living with HIV in the Eastern Cape. The presentation also explored some of the methodological and ethical challenges of qualitative research with HIV-positive adolescent boys and young men living in precarious contests.

Spotlight on research

May 8, 2018

A regional programme for adolescents highlights some Mzantsi Wakho research, together with important developments in providing young people with the health services they need.

Rebecca Hodes at ‘Youth and Contemporary Notions of Sexuality in South Africa’

March 19, 2018

From 8 – 9 March 2018, Rebecca Hodes attended a symposium: ‘Youth and Contemporary Notions of Sexuality in South Africa’. The programme is available for download at:
https://wellsexuality2018.wordpress.com/author/wellsexuality/
Hodes presented emerging findings from the Mzantsi Wakho study, with a focus on the challenges of meeting global health targets for HIV testing, initiation onto antiretroviral treatment (ART) and viral suppression, among adolescents.

Dr Elona Toska at the 8th African Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health

February 26, 2018

On February 14th, ASRU researcher Dr Elona Toska, presented on factors linked to onwards HIV transmission risk at the 8th African Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her presentation drew on quantitative analyses of the baseline Mzantsi Wakho dataset. Findings were of particular interest to colleagues from UNFPA, the AIDS Foundation of South Africa, Ministries of Social Development, Urgent Action Fund – Africa, and Marie Stopes from Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda.

Shinaz Ali (Urgent Action Fund – Africa, session facilitator) and Elona Toska

Mzantsi Wakho – PATA Writing Workshop

February 1, 2018

The Mzantsi Wakho team, a project housed with the AIDS and Society Research Unit, held a workshop with Paediatric-Adolesent Treatment for Africa, on 22 – 24 January 2018. The workshop focused on data analyses, dissemination, and capacity-building among researchers. programmers and policy-makers. As a result of this intensive collaboration, the group drafted two abstracts for the forthcoming International AIDS Society conference (Amsterdam, July 2018) based on PATA clinic-level data from n=282 health facilities providing care to children and adolescents in 23 sub-Saharan African countries.

 

AIDSImpact 2017 Roadmap

November 2, 2017

Mzantsi Wakho researchers will be presenting emerging findings at AIDSImpact 2017.

PHASA 2017 Road Map

August 29, 2017

Mzantsi Wakho researchers will be presenting emerging findings at PHASA 2017.

 

SA AIDS Durban 2017 Presentation Road Map

June 13, 2017

SA AIDS Durban 2017 Presentation Road Map

INTEREST 2017

May 16, 2017

Mzantsi Wakho team presenting at INTEREST 2017 conference in Lilongwe, Malawi.

TAG Weekend Held

May 2, 2017

A TAG participant customises a t-shirt as part of the ‘Funky Stylzzzzz’ participatory research exercise.

Mzantsi Wakho in the media

January 30, 2017

 

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the AIDS and Society Research Unit, Centre for Social Science Research

October 24, 2016

The AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU) at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for a suitably qualified individual to join a research project on adolescent health in South Africa. Read the application PDF here.

Phasa 2016

September 19, 2016

Mzantsi Wakho team and SASH fellows presenting at PHASA conference in East London.
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UCT Research Report: Babies for bling? How teenage pregnancy became emblematic of misspent youth in South Africa

June 17, 2016

UCT Research Report, ‘Babies for bling? How teenage pregnancy became emblematic of misspent youth in South Africa’, 14 January 2016, Available at http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews/archives/?id=9525.

Babies for bling: the scandal of teenage pregnancy in South Africa

June 17, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hodes on ‘Babies for bling: the scandal of teenage pregnancy in South Africa’ SAFM Radio, 10 February 2016. Available at http://tinyurl.com/SAFM-hodes-baby-bling.

Alleged associations between social grants and incentives for teenage pregnancy in South Africa

June 17, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hodes on alleged associations between social grants and incentives for teenage pregnancy in South Africa. Cape Talk Radio Interview. 27 January 2016. Available at http://tinyurl.com/hodes-baby-bling-interview.

“Transactional Sex and Sugar Daddies”

June 17, 2016

Interview with Elona Toska on SABC’s Newsroom morning show on “Transactional Sex and Sugar Daddies” on 27 May 2016 (minutes 48-55 in the programme)

Latest Publications

Changing donor funding and the challenges of integrated HIV treatment

Nicoli Nattrass, Rebecca Hodes and Lucie Cluver

Babies for bling: Are teenage girls having children to access grants?

Rebecca Hodes, Elona Toska and Lesley Gittings

Resourcing resilience: social protection for HIV prevention amongst children and adolescents in Eastern and Southern Africa

Elona Toska, Lesley Gittings, Rebecca Hodes, Lucie Cluver, Kay Govender, K. Emma Chademana and Vince Evans Gutiérrez

Get in touch

East London Office

  +27 (0) 43 721 1716.

For UCT enquiries:

  +27 (0) 21 650 4656
  Nondumiso Hlwele <dumi.hlwele@uct.ac.za>

For Oxford enquiries:

Department of Social Policy and Intervention