Ms. Nikki Schaay
  • Position: Senior Researcher
    Qualifications: BA (Hons) Psychology (UN), MPH (UWC)
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Ms Nikki Schaay is a Senior Researcher at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape. Nikki contributes to SOPH’s teaching activities by convening one of core modules of the MPH programme: ‘Population Health and Development: A Comprehensive Primary Health Care Approach’ and facilitating a course on community participation.

Prior to joining the School in 2004, Nikki worked in the field of HIV - first managing a local non-governmental organization which was one of the first community based organisations in South Africa to support a cadre of grassroots HIV educators; then coordinating a provincial HIV advocacy network, and later directing a national project which provided technical assistance to the National Department of Health, specifically in relation to HIV multi-sectoral capacity building and policy development.

Over the past ten years Nikki has also done short-term consultancy work in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). These have ranged from end of project evaluations of community-based HIV prevention and care projects in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, India, Nepal and Vietnam for the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) to the facilitation, pilot-testing and development of an index to measure HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination, developed in collaboration with UNAIDS, the Global Network of People living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) and the International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the development of a series of case studies related to PMTCT for the Interagency Working Group on SRH & HIV Linkages.


Cleary S, Schaay N, Botes E, Figlan N, Lehmann U, Gilson L. Re-imagining community participation at the district level: Lessons from the DIALHS collaboration 151. In: Padarath A, King J, English R, editors. South African Health Review 2014/2015 [Internet]. Durban: Health System; 2015. Chapter 12, p. 151–61.

Dewing S1, Mathews C, Schaay N, Cloete A, Simbayi L, Louw J. Improving the counselling skills of lay counsellors in antiretroviral adherence settings: a cluster randomised controlled trial in the Western Cape, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2015 Jan;19(1):157-65. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0781-4.

Helen Schneider, Nikki Schaay, Lilian Dudley, Charlyn Goliath, Tobeka Qukula. “The Challenges of Reshaping Disease Specific and Care Oriented Community based Services towards Comprehensive Goals: A Situation Appraisal in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.” BMC Health Services Research (2015) 15:436, DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-1109-4

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