Prof. Tanya Doherty
  • Position: Extraordinary professor
    Qualifications:      BNursing (UCT), MSc Nursing (UCT), MPH (Harvard), PhD (Uppsala)
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Position: Extraordinary professor
Qualifications:      BNursing (UCT), MSc Nursing (UCT), MPH (Harvard), PhD (Uppsala)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tanya Doherty is a chief specialist scientist in the Health Systems Research Unit of the SA MRC. She began her studies in nursing and midwifery at UCT and then studied Public Health in the USA and Sweden. Her research focus is child health and nutrition especially primary care and community-based interventions. She has led research in South Africa and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa and has published over 100 peer reviewed papers. Tanya is also an honoroary Professor in the School of Public Health at UWC where she teaches and supervises masters and doctoral students.


Daniels K, Sanders D, Daviaud E, Doherty T. Valuing and Sustaining (or Not) the Ability of Volunteer Community Health Workers to Deliver Integrated Community Case Management in Northern Ghana: A Qualitative Study. PLoS ONE 10(6):e0126322. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126322, June 16, 2015

Doherty T, Zembe W, Ngandu N, Kinney M, Manda S, Besada D, Jackson D, Daniels K, Rohde S, van Damme W, Kerber K, Daviaud E, Rudan I, Muniz M, Oliphant NP, Zamasiya T, Rohde J, Sanders D. Assessment of Malawi’s success in child mortality reduction through the lens of the Catalytic Initiative Integrated Health Systems Strengthening programme: Retrospective evaluation.  Journal of Global Health Vol. 5 No. 2 • 020412, December 2015,, doi: 10.7189/jogh.05.020412

Petrida Ijumba, Tanya Doherty, Debra Jackson, Mark Tomlinson, David Sanders, Sonja Swanevelder and Lars-Åke Persson. Effect of an integrated community-based package for maternal and newborn care on feeding patterns during the first 12 weeks of life: a cluster-randomized trial in a South African township. Public Health Nutrition / Volume 18 / Issue 14 / October 2015, pp 2660 - 2668

Naoko Kozuki, Tanya Guenther, Lara Vaz, Allisyn Moran, Sajid B. Soofi, Christine Nalwadda Kayemba, Stefan S. Peterson, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Sudhir Khanal, James M. Tielsch, Tanya Doherty, Duduzile Nsiband, Joy E. Lawn and Stephen Wall. A Systematic Review of Community-to-Facility Neonatal Referral Completion Rates in Africa and Asia. BMC Public Health (2015) 15:989;

Natalie Leon, David Sanders, Wim Van Damme, Donela Besada1, Emmanuelle Daviaud, Nicholas P. Oliphant, Rocio Berzal, John Mason and Tanya Doherty. The role of 'hidden; community volunteers in community-based health service delivery platforms: examples from sub-Saharan Africa. Glob Health Action 2015, 8: 27214 -

Naik R, Fox MP, Doherty T, Jackson D, Tabana H, Swanevelder S, Thea D, Feeley F. Factors associated with linkage to care following home-based HIV counseling and testing: a prospective cohort study in rural South Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2015; 18:19843.

Vundli Ramokolo, Carl Lombard, Meera Chhagan, Ingunn MS Engebretsen, Tanya Doherty, Ameena E Goga, Lars Thore Fadnes, Wanga Zembe, Debra J Jackson and Jan Van den Broeck. Effects of early feeding on growth velocity and overweight/obesity in a cohort of HIV unexposed South African infants and children. International Breastfeeding Journal 2015, 10:14 doi:10.1186/s13006-015-0041-x

Tabana H, Nkonki L, Hongoro C, Doherty T, Ekström AM, Naik R, Zembe-Mkabile W, Jackson D, Thorson A. (2015). A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Home-Based HIV Counselling and Testing Intervention versus the Standard (Facility Based) HIV Testing Strategy in Rural South Africa. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0135048. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135048

Selamawit Woldesenbet, Debra Jackson, Carl Lombard, Thu-Ha Dinh, Adrian Puren, Gayle Sherman, Vundli Ramokolo, Tanya Doherty, Mary Mogashoa, Sanjana Bhardwaj, Mickey Chopra, Nathan Shaffer, Yogan Pillay, Ameena Goga, South African PMTCT Evaluation (SAPMCTE) Team. Missed Opportunities along the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Services Cascade in South Africa: Uptake, Determinants, and Attributable Risk (the SAPMTCTE). PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0132425 July 6, 2015 1/15

Woldesenbet S Jackson D, Doherty T and 5 others. Missed opportunities for early infant HIV Diagnosis: Results of a National Study in South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 2015 68 (3) 1525-4135

Wanga Zembe-Mkabile, Rebecca Surrender, David Sanders, Debra Jackson and Tanya Doherty. The experience of cash transfers in alleviating childhood poverty in South Africa: Mothers' experiences of the Child Support Grant. Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice Volume 10, Issue 7, 2015

Besada D, Kerber K, Leon N, Sanders D, Daviaud E, Rohde S, Rohde J, van Damme W, Kinney M, Manda S, Oliphant NP, Hachimou F, Ouedraogo A, Ghali AY, Doherty T. Niger’s Child Survival Success, Contributing Factors and Challenges to Sustainability: A Retrospective Analysis. PLOS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0146945 January 19, 2016

Doherty T, Kroon M, Rhoda N, Sanders D. Ending preventable child deaths in South Africa: What role can ward-based outreach teams play? SAMJ Vol. 106, No. 7, pp 672-674, July 2016.

Tanya Doherty, Kate Kerber, Mary Kinney, John Mason. Letter to the Editor. Approaches to Evaluate the Impact of Community-Based Delivery Strategies. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 94(6), 2016, p. 1433 doi:10.4269/ajtmh.16-0110a

Gray GE, Laher F, Doherty T, Abdool Karim S, Hammer S, Mascola J, et al. (2016). Which New Health Technologies Do We Need to Achieve an End to HIV/AIDS? PLoS Biol 14(3): e1002372. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002372

Zembe-Mkabile WZ, Jackson D, Sanders D, Besada D, Daniels K, Zamasiya T and Doherty T. The ‘community’ in community case management of childhood illnesses in Malawi. Global Health Action 2016. 9: 29177

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