• Welcome to the School of Public Health

    Welcome to SOPH, part of the Faculty of Community Health Science (CHS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). This website will introduce you to our vision, our staff and our teaching and research programmes.

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  • SOPH Academic Programme

    Popular in South Africa and other African countries for its flexible, modular, part-time design and growing array of distance learning materials.

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  • Annual Summer and Winter Schools

    Probably the largest continuing education programmes in Public Health in Africa, which has trained over 12000 participants since 1992.

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  • SARCHI Chairs

    We host two South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi) Chairs

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  • Open Education Resources in Public Health

    We have lodged as OER several of our distance learning modules and case studies to share our resources and expertise and to build the network for public health education in Africa and the global South.

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  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

    Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

    The PGD in Public Health aims to provide graduates with an overview of Public Health, with an emphasis on health sector transformation, district health services, and Primary Health Care: Prioritise health needs at population level; Design, implement and evaluate Public Health programmes.

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  • Masters in Public Health (coursework, mini-thesis)

    Masters in Public Health (coursework, mini-thesis)

    The Programme is designed for a range of health and welfare professionals and managers from middle to senior level, at district, provincial or national levels, staff of NGO’s and academic research contexts.

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  • Masters in Public Health (full thesis)

    Masters in Public Health (full thesis)

    The Programme is designed for a range of health and welfare professionals and managers from middle to senior level, at district, provincial or national levels, staff of NGO’s and academic research contexts.

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  • PhD in Public Health

    PhD in Public Health

    Currently offered by thesis only, which implies a very large research project, either written up in a full thesis, or in a format of manuscripts with a beginning and ending sections forming part of the whole thesis. This work should contribute new and original knowledge to your chosen field.

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  • Winter School / Summer School

    Winter School / Summer School

    Exposes health and health-related workers to the latest thinking in Public Health and enables them to exchange ideas on improved planning and implementation of Primary Health Care in the changing environment of the developing world.

Project Summary

The overall aim of this project is to optimise the impact of an intervention to improve family functioning and support on individual health. The intervention is directed at (1) stimulating positive household communication and creating HIV competent households, through (2) optimising the impact of CHW support on individual ART adherence. The project integrates two theoretical perspectives: the Individual-Household-Community (IHC) framework and HIV competent households. The IHC framework allows for comprehensive HIV research in high prevalence and resource-limited settings. The theoretical concept of an HIV competent household recognises the household as a potential health-enabling or health-impeding environment in which the patient can be supported across the care continuum in a sustainable manner.

The project is a collaboration between SoPH and CELLO, University of Antwerp. The project has a SARCHI-linked post-doctoral fellow and three project funded PhD students attached. Funding for the project is from VLIR-UOS and FWO.

Research Activities

A systematic review will be conducted assessing interventions targeted at ART and HIV competency in Low and Middle-income countries within HIV-affected households. Development of the intervention will be guided on the premises of the systematic review, and will be delivered using a cluster randomised control trial (RCT). The study will be conducted in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, accessing the sub-districts of Khayelitsha, Klipfontein and Mitchell’s Plain located in the city of Cape Town.

Twelve health care facilities will be randomised into 2 Arms; those receiving standard CHW delivered HIV adherence support, and those receiving the HIV-household intervention programme, delivered by the CHW. Community health workers will be the primary actors in the cluster RCT and are employed by our project partner TB/HIV Care.

 

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University of the Western Cape,
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Republic of South Africa

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