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So you think you can write?

If you love writing, so do we!

PHRU's Publication Coaching Programme, which was first launched on 11/11/11, is an internal development intervention. It is aimed at self-motivated
aspirant early-stage investigators and researchers who have not produced first-author publications before and would like to do so through a formal
structured programme. Successful candidates are assigned a coach experienced in scientific writing, and attend a year of modules and workshops
facilitated by the coaches and invited lecturers. The intended outcome is a publishable manuscript.

As a platform for succession planning for the PHRU, this is a valuable opportunity for skills growth, career advancement and networking.

We congratulate the following PHRU staff members who were accepted into the 2013 programme after applications and auditions:


.        Dr Haseena Cassim, Paediatric HIV Treatment Research

.        Kate Cerwensky, HIV Vaccines Research

.        Matamela Makongoza, HIV Sociobehavioural Research

.        Dr Asanda Mazibu, HIV Microbicide Research

.        Celokuhle Tshabalala, HIV Vaccines Research

2012 Alumni:

  • Sakhile Mhlongo,CHVI Soweto Programme Manager
    Completed manuscript: Factors Associated with Not Testing for HIV and
    Consistent Condom Use Among Men in Soweto, South Africa
    Coached by: Janan Dietrich
  • Dr Limakatso Lebina, Zuzimpilo Clinic medical doctor and project head
    Completed manuscript: Does routine prophylactic oral flucloxacillin reduce
    the incidence of post-circumcision infections?
    Coached by: Dr Fatima Laher

  • Martin van der Watt, Data and Statistics manager
  • Intended area of publication: Adolescent health

 

  • Tshifhiwa Muravha, Test and Treat Study Co-ordinator
  • Intended area of publication: Voluntary Counselling and Testing

  • Tebogo Magopane, Vaccines Research Clinic Project Director
  • Intended area of publication: Clinical trials regulations

 

  • Thandekile Essien, Zazi VCT Clinic Programme Manager
    Completed manuscript: Business as usual: Sexual Intimacy among HIV
    Serodiscordant Couples in Soweto, Johannesburg
    Coached by: Kennedy Otwombe
  • Dr Ntebo Mogashoa, TBTC medical doctor
  • Intended area of publication: Tuberculosis

 

  • Reginah Msandiwa, Lung Cohort Study Senior Study Co-ordinator
  • Intended area of publication: Tuberculosis

  • Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, Adult HIV Treatment Research Project Manager
  • Intended area of publication: HIV treatment


The 2013 Publications Coaching Programme Convenors are: Janan Dietrich (Sociobehavioral Scientist), Kennedy Otwombe (Biostatistician), Dr Fatima Laher (Medical Doctor, adult medicine), Dr Erica Lazarus (Medical Doctor, paediatric medicine), Jenny Coetzee (Qualitative Researcher), and Tracey Heritage (Human Resources General Manager).


HIV Care & Treatment for Infants and Children

PHRU has been at the forefront of paediatric treatment in South Africa since we hosted our first trials in 1996. In 2001, PHRU established a treatment access programme to continue the care for children who were completing their enrollment in research studies and those who failed to meet eligibility criteria to enroll in trials. Since then, every day our staff sees patients at the Paediatric Wellness Clinic, a PEPFAR-funded state-of-the-art clinic situated at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital where we continue to offer care, treatment, and support to Sowetan children and their families.

The clinic is child-friendly with a fenced children’s playground, an immunization facility, early infant testing and developmental testing services.

Our Services

PHRU is committed to enhancing existing paediatric HIV-services and the Wellness Clinic provides comprehensive care and support for HIV-positive infants and children including:

  • Clinical care
  • ART rollout
  • Clinical and immunological monitoring
  • Provision of opportunistic infection prophylaxis
  • Appropriate management and referrals of children with acute illness
  • Screening for and diagnosis of tuberculosis
  • Monitoring of developmental milestones and growth
  • Relevant referrals to occupational therapists and dieticians
  • Assessment of social problems with referrals

Visit us

Paediatric Wellness ClinicGround Floor, New Nurses Home
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Soweto

Tel: 011 989 9726

Hours:
08h00-16h00 , Monday to Friday


HIV Care & Treatment for Adults

Nearly a decade before antiretrovirals (ARVs) were publicly available in South Africa, PHRU began providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) by engaging in clinical trial research while actively seeking funding for treatment access programmes. Today, while ARVs are provided through the public sector, South Africa is nonetheless faced with an overburdened public health system and limitations in the availability of and access to drugs. It is because of this that PHRU remains committed to supplementing government efforts while simultaneously searching for new and better ways to treat and care for those living with HIV.

Established as a PEPFAR site in 2004, PHRU has since been able to provide non-study-related HIV treatment and care to thousands of Sowetans, while collecting important data that will inform future treatment strategies. The programme also offers psychosocial support to patients and their families as well as pre-treatment and ongoing treatment adherence counseling. As an initiation site, the Adult Treatment Access Programme’s aim is to begin patients on ARVs and later transfer those that are stable to their local clinics for ongoing care and support.

The Adult Treatment Access Programme follows the South African Government Management and Treatment Plan for HIV and AIDS for Children and Adults and provides its clients the standard registered drugs available in South Africa.

Our Services

The Adult Treatment Access Program serves to complement the South African government’s ART programme providing care and treatment to HIV-infected adults. The programme provides ART monitoring and support for HIV-1 infected living in Soweto who meet the country guidelines for treatment, as well as those whose funding for treatment in other PHRU programmes or participation in PHRU-conducted clinical trials has ended. 

Visit us

PEPFAR Adult Treatment Access Programme
Ground Floor, New Nurses Home
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Soweto

Tel: 011 9899706
Fax: 011 9899050

24-hour patient hotline: 073 4023464

Hours:
07h30 – 4h00, Monday to Friday


Empowering, Confidential, Youth Friendly Clinic

Adolescents have special healthcare needs and face complex challenges to their health and development that they are often reluctant to address. In response, PHRU established Kganya Motsha (meaning “Shine Young Ones” in SeSotho) to provide services that would be sensitive to adolescents’ various stages of development. The dedicated adolescent clinic aims to:

  • Significantly reduce the incidence rates of HIV amongst adolescents through education, prevention and treatment strategies.

  • Meet the needs and fulfil the rights of adolescents.


Our Services

Situated in the heart of Kliptown, Soweto, Kganya Motsha works toward these goals by offering free, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents (aged 14 to 24 years). Kganya Motsha’s friendly and welcoming staff provides:

  • Voluntary counselling and testing (VCT)

  • STI education, prevention and treatment

  • HIV education, prevention and counselling

  • Reproductive health services

  • Psychosocial evaluation and counselling

  • Treatment and supportive care

  • Peer mentoring


The clinic environment is safe and non-judgmental, staffed with people who recognize the special needs of adolescents transitioning from childhood to adulthood.

Our Research

While there is a great need to develop adolescent-specific health care services informed by cultural, socioeconomic, and structural issues; individual and societal needs; and the unique aspects of adolescent’s physical and psychological development, adolescents are often excluded from research. In addition to the care and support services Kganya Motsha provides, the centre is also supports a robust adolescent research programme.

Studies have explored HIV and STI prevention, counselling methods and attitudes, parent-adolescent communications and the effects of adult morbidity and mortality on household welfare and the well being of children. PHRU, together with our partners, developed the necessary ethical-legal framework for adolescent involvement in vaccine trials and, today, we pride ourselves on being one of only two international sites involved in adolescent HIV vaccine preparatory work funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Our Approach

Kganya Motsha offers its services at the centre and in surrounding schools. It identifies and trains adolescents peer educators and utilizes local media and faith-based organizations to encourage teens and their parents to visit the centre. In addition, Kganya Motsha uses individual, group and community approaches to help build the skills of the adolescents it serves and has become widely known for its supportive services. Effective partnerships have been formed in schools around the Soweto area and with NGOs; government; and health, welfare, education and security departments.

Visit us

Kganya Motsha Adolesent CentreKliptown Medical Centre
Union Road
Kliptown

Tel: 011 945 6405

Hours:
09h30 – 17h30 Monday to Friday
09h00 – 13h00 on Saturday

Call or walk-in for an appointment.

The Kganya Motsha Adolescent Centre is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).