IHM RAISES FLAG HIGH AT THE 2017 NATIONAL HEALTH RESEARCH CONFERENCE

The Ministry of Health hosted the 4th National Health Research Conference on November 8-10, 2017. This was a forum where experts in the field of health and related disciplines within and outside the borders of Swaziland came together to share scientific knowledge on cutting-edge research, programmes, and projects which play an instrumental role in shaping health policy, programming, and practice.

IHM Southern Africa was well represented with a total of 6 abstracts delivered by our team members.

Our Technical Director, Dr Bhekumusa Lukhele delivered two abstract presentations:
• “Structural and Behavioral Correlates of HIV Infection among Pregnant Women in Swaziland: A Cross-Sectional Study with a Probability Sample of Antenatal Care Facilities in Swaziland”.
• “Efficacy of Mobile Serious Games in Increasing HIV Risk Perception in Swaziland: A Randomized Control Trial”.

Patrick Shabangu, our Regional Technical Advisor, and Mandana Askarinasab, our Senior SI Advisor collaborated on an abstract with USAID Senior SI Advisor Hamfrey Sanhokwe, which he presented, titled:
• “ARV Treatment Outcomes of Registered PLHIV in The Client Management Information System (CMIS)In Swaziland 2017″.

Our Database Analyst, Emmanuel Olamijuwon conducted an interesting presentation on the topic:”Is HIV a Predictor of Risky Sexual Behaviours? Contextualizing Sexual Behaviors Among Young Swazis”.

Our Senior Resident Technical Advisor for M&E Dr Thandeka Simelane – Dlamini presented on two topics, namely:

• Task Shifting or Shifting Care Practices Swaziland? The Impact of Task Shifting on Patients’ Experiences and Health Care Arrangements in Swaziland.
• Rethinking Lost to Follow Up: Delayed and Interrupted HIV Treatment Among Married Swazi Women.

Abstracts available on request at: ntobeko@ihmafrica.org

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