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Sex in the shadow of HIV: A systematic review of prevalence, risk factors, and interventions to reduce sexual risk-taking among HIV-positive adolescents and youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Publication type: 
Journal article
Year: 
2017
Author: 
Elona Toska , Marija Pantelic , Franziska Meinck , Katharina Keck , Roxanna Haghighat , Lucie Cluver
Author sort: 
Toska,Elona
Journal: 
plosone
Unit: 
DOI: 
doi.org0.1371/journal.pone.0178106

Child abuse in South Africa: prevalence, risk factors, prevention and measurement issues

Seminar
4 April, 2017 - 14:30 to 15:30
Dr. Franziska Meinck
CSSR Seminar Room 4.29, Level 4 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus
Abstract / Description: 

Child abuse victimisation is a major public health concern in South Africa. Research on risk and protective factors and prevention interventions is still in its infancy. In this talk, Franziska will describe findings on linkages between risk factors of abuse and putative health outcomes as well as ongoing research on the prevention of child abuse using parenting interventions. Further, she will talk about issues regarding the measurement of child abuse and potential ways forward to mitigate these.

Presenter biography: Franziska Meinck is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Evidence-Based Interventions at the University of Oxford. She holds a BA in Social Work from the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Interventions and a DPhil in Social Interventions from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of child abuse in South Africa investigating prevalence rates and risk and protective factors as well as access to services. Her new research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK aims to develop and validate child abuse measures for use in intervention studies in different cultural contexts.

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

Publication type: 
Journal article
Year: 
2016
Author: 
Toska, E. Gittings, L. Hodes, R. Cluver, L.D. Govender, K. Chademana, K. E. Gutiérrez, V.E.
Author sort: 
Toska. E
Journal: 
African Journal of AIDS Research.
Unit: 
Volume: 
15
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
123-140
DOI: 
10.2989/16085906.2016.1194299

School, supervision and adolescent-sensitive clinic services: combination social protection and reduced unprotected sex among HIV-positive adolescents in South Africa

Publication type: 
Journal article
Year: 
2016
Author: 
Toska, E. Cluver L. Boyes, M. Isaacsohn, M. Hodes, R. Sherr, L.
Author sort: 
E. Toska
Journal: 
AIDS and Behavior
Unit: 
DOI: 
10.1007/s10461-016-1539-y

ASRU Postdoctoral Fellowship Mzantsi Wakho (Closes 15th November 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. For more information please visit www.mzantsiwakho.org.za).

Mzantsi Wakho web page launched - http://www.mzantsiwakho.org

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.

Elona Toska ,CSSR Research Fellow presented Mzantsi Wakho Findings at the 20th International Workshop on HIV Observational Database -Budapest

Elona Toska, CSSR Research Fellow, presented preliminary findings from the Mzantsi Wakho study (led by Dr. Rebecca Hodes at ASRU and Prof. Lucie Cluver at U. of Oxford) at the 20th International Workshop on HIV Observational Databases in Budapest, Hungary on April 7-9, 2016. IWHOD brings together junior and senior researchers from both developed and developing countries working on cohorts of patients with HIV, to present in an informal format their latest findings and work in progress, followed by open discussions on common issues of cohort methodology, techniques and statistics. Elona presented preliminary findings on linkages between social protection and unprotected sex in the Mzantsi Wakho adolescent health study, which is part of her doctoral research. These findings suggest that combinations of interventions are associated with greater reductions in unprotected sex. These effects were even stronger among adolescent girls.

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