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Insights from couples-based public health research in South Africa

23 October 2019
12:30 - 14:00

Professor Nuala McGrath, Faculty of Medicine, Southampton General Hospital, and Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton

Dr Kate Morton, NIHR Global Health Senior Research Fellow, Primary Care, Population Sciences, and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Dr Frank Feng,University of Southampton

Prof Alastair van Heerden, HSD, HSRC

Date: 23 October 2019
Time: 12h30  – 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

Prof Nuala McGrath will introduce the CHERISH programme, a collaboration between the University of Southampton (UK), HSRC and the University of Cape Town that aims to develop couples-focused behaviour change strategies for health improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nuala will describe the design, conduct and analysis of a couples-focused intervention (Uthando Lwethu) to increase participation in couples HIV testing and counselling previously conducted at the HSRC’s Sweetwaters site in KwaZulu-Natal, and our current work with the Sweetwaters team to further evaluate this intervention.

Dr Kate Morton will then provide an overview of how we have used the person-based approach to understand how best to optimise the Uthando Lwethu intervention, and will share some early findings from qualitative interviews with couples.

Dr Frank Feng will conclude by illustrating how multilevel modelling can be used to analyse individual, community and national determinants of health behaviours.

Kindly RSVP by 22 October 2019

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E:
Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Contact Shouneez Khan| T: (021) 466 7948 | E:
Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact Ridhwaan Khan  | T: (031) 242 5400  | C: 083 788 2786  | E: 

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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