Emeritus Professor Thandi Puoane
  • Position: Emeritus Professor
    Qualifications:     B(Cur) (UNISA), BA Soc Sci (UNISA), 
    MPH (Berkeley), DrPH (Berkeley)
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Thandi Puoane has a background in nursing, has taught at universities in South Africa and the USA and has been a principal investigator for a range of research projects.

Thandi’s areas of specialisation are nutrition, child health and monitoring and evaluation of programmes. Her research areas include nutrition, obesity and risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Recently she has been working with community health workers in developing and implementing community-based programmes for prevention and control of NCDs.

Thandi is rated as a C2 scientist by the National Research Foundation. She has written several chapters in books and has published widely in local and international peer reviewed journals.


Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Catalina A. Denman, Carlos Mendoza Montanoz, Thomas A. Gaziano, Naomi Levitt, Alvaro Rivera-Andrade, Diana Munguía Carrasco, Jabu Zulu, Masuma Akter Khanam, Thandi Puoane. “Training and Supervision of Community Health Workers Conducting Population-Based, Noninvasive Screening for CVD in LMIC Implications for Scaling Up.” GLOBAL HEART © 2015 World Heart Federation (Geneva). Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. VOL. 10, NO. 1, 2015 ISSN 2211-8160/$36.00. 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211816014027367?via=ihub j.gheart.2014.12.009

Chitete L, Puoane T (2015). “What Health Service Provider Factors Are Associated with Low Delivery of HIV Testing to Children with Acute Malnutrition in Dowa District of Malawi?” PLoS ONE 10(5): e0123021. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123021

Thomas Gaziano, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Sam Surka, Stephen Sy, Ankur Pandya, Catalina A. Denman, Carlos Mendoza, Thandi Puoane, and Naomi S. Levitt. Cardiovascular Disease Screening By Community Health Workers Can Be Cost-Effective In Low-Resource Countries. Health Affairs, 34, no.9 (2015):1538-1545 doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0349 http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/34/9/1538.full.html

Thomas A Gaziano, Shafi ka Abrahams-Gessel, Catalina A Denman, Carlos Mendoza Montano, Masuma Khanam, Thandi Puoane, Naomi S Levitt. An Assessment of Community Health Workers’ Ability to Screen for Cardiovascular Disease Risk with a Simple, Non-invasive Risk Assessment Instrument in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mexico, and South Africa: An Observational Study. Lancet Glob Health 2015 Vol 3, Published Online July 15, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00143-6

Gail D. Hughes, Oluwaseyi M Aboyade, Roxanne Beauclair, Oluchi N. Mbamalu,and Thandi R. Puoane. Characterizing Herbal Medicine Use for Noncommunicable Diseases in Urban South Africa. Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2015, Article ID 736074, 10 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/736074

Naomi S. Levitt1, Thandi Puoane, Catalina A. Denman, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Sam Surka, Carlos Mendoza, Masuma Khanam, Sartaj Alam and Thomas A. Gaziano. Referral Outcomes Of Individuals Identified At High Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease By Community Health Workers In Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mexico, And South Africa. Glob Health Action 2015, 8: 26318 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v8.26318

Libman, K., Freudenberg, N., Sanders, D., Puoane, T., & Tsolekile, L. (2015). The role of urban food policy in preventing diet-related non-communicable diseases in Cape Town and New York. Public health, 129(4), 327-335.

Okop KJ, Levitt N, Puoane T (2015). Factors Associated with Excessive Body Fat in Men and Women: Cross-Sectional Data from Black South Africans Living in a Rural Community and an Urban Township. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140153. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140153

Thow AM, Sanders D, Drury E, Puoane T, Chowdhury SN, Tsolekile L, Negin J. Regional trade and the nutrition transition: opportunities to strengthen NCD prevention policy in the Southern African Development Community. Global Health Action 2015, 8: 28338 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v8.28338

Tsolekile, L. P., Abrahams-Gessel, S., & Puoane, T. (2015). Healthcare Professional Shortage and Task-Shifting to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Implications for Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Current cardiology reports, 17(12), 1-6.

Abrahams-Gessel, S., Denman, C. A., Gaziano, T. A., Levitt, N. S., & Puoane, T. (2016). Challenges Facing Successful Scaling Up of Effective Screening for Cardiovascular Disease by Community Health Workers in Mexico and South Africa: Policy Implications. Health systems and policy research, 3(1).

Delobelle P, Sanders D, Puoane T, Freudenberg N. Reducing the Role of the Food, Tobacco, and Alcohol Industries in Noncommunicable Disease Risk in South Africa. Health Education & Behavior 2016, Vol. 43(1S) 70S–81S

B A Egbujie, E U Igumbor, T Puoane. A cross-sectional study of socioeconomic status and cardiovascular disease risk among participants in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) Study. SAMJ September 2016, Vol. 106, No. 9

Malambo, P., Kengne, A. P., Lambert, E. V., Villers, A. D., & Puoane, T. Association between Perceived Built Environment and Prevalent Hypertension among South African Adults. Hindawi Publishing Corporation Advances in Epidemiology Volume 2016, Article ID 1038715, 11 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1038715

Muzigaba, M., Puoane, T., & Sanders, D. (2016). The Paradox of Undernutrition and Obesity in South Africa: A Contextual Overview of Food Quality, Access and Availability in the New Democracy. In Food Poverty and Insecurity: International Food Inequalities (pp. 31-41). Springer International Publishing.

Mwanza M, Okop KJ and Puoane T. Evaluation of outpatient therapeutic programme for management of severe acute malnutrition in three districts of the Eastern Province, Zambia. BMC Nutrition (2016) 2:62 DOI 10.1186/s40795-016-0102-6

Kufre Joseph Okop, Ferdinand C. Mukumbang, Thubelihle Mathole, Naomi Levitt and Thandi Puoane. Perceptions of Body Size, Obesity Threat and the Willingness to Lose Weight among Black South African Adults: a Qualitative Study. BMC Public Health (2016) 16:365. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3028-7

Setorglo, J., Steiner-Asiedu, M., Puoane, T., Sanders, D., & Pereko, K. K. A. (2016). Achieving Success in Community-based Nutrition Programmes.Community Nutrition for Developing Countries, 321.

Mark Spires, Peter Delobelle, David Sanders, Thandi Puoane, Philipp Hoelzel, Rina Swart. Diet-related Non-communicable Diseases in South Africa: Determinants and Policy Responses. South African Health Review 2016. 

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