Executive Cluster

Research

Research at Kheth’Impilo during this period involved evaluating the effectiveness of the Community Adherence Support programme for antiretroviral treatment patients and pregnant women, evaluating the effectiveness of the Indirectly Supervised Pharmacist Assistant program, and the baseline assessment for the MACAIDS project. In addition, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, maternal and infant outcomes, and antiretroviral treatment outcomes amongst pregnant adolescent girls were investigated. During this period, three journal articles were submitted for peer review, and eleven conference presentations were made. An additional two journal publications were published. Kheth’Impilo research output to date had been cited almost 300 times, including by the World Health Organization.
Kheth’Impilo continued its research collaboration with the International Epidemiological Databases to Evaluate AIDS Southern Africa (IeDEA-SA), through the School of Public Health, University of Cape Town and the University of Bern, Switzerland. Collaborations with members of the Department of Paediatric and Child Health, University of Cape Town, and the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape continued.

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Dr Geoff Fatti

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Dr Geoff Fatti

Dr Fatti is a medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health specializing in epidemiology. Geoff started his career as a clinician in both public and private sectors. Thereafter, he joined the University of the Western Cape as a lecturer. He worked as a clinical research physician at the University of Cape Town Lung Clinical Research Unit from 2006 before joining Absolute Return for Kids SA in 2008. Geoff started with Kheth’Impilo in 2009 and provides critical input towards program data analysis as well as the evaluation of program performance.

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Dr Najma Shaikh

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Dr Najma Shaikh

Dr Shaikh is an infectious disease Epidemiologist and has worked extensively in the public health sector in South Africa. She completed an MPH in Epidemiology at Columbia University New York, as a Postdoctoral Fogarty Fellow in 1994. She was awarded the Oliver Tambo Fellowship for Public Health Leadership, and has a graduate Diploma in Health Management, from the University of Cape Town. She previously worked as a Senior Specialist/ HIV/AIDS in the HIV/AIDS Directorate of the Western Cape Department of Health and headed the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Western Cape Department of Health. Dr Shaikh has worked as an academic, researcher and health manager during the course of her career. Her main expertise centres on the epidemiology of HIV, TB and STI’s, HIV surveillance, mortality surveillance, health systems research, monitoring and evaluation of programs in the public health sector.

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