Mzantsi Wakho Adolescent Adherence Study
Mzantsi Wakho is a mixed-methods, longitudinal, community-traced study based in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It seeks to answer several research questions about youth health, with a focus on long-term medication, contraception, and sexual and reproductive health. It uses multiple methods and data sources to identify and investigate risk and resilience-promoting factors, through linked qualitative and quantitative studies. The research team collaborates with adolescents, frontline healthcare workers and social service providers to design support tools to improve adherence to medicines and access to health services. The study generates evidence that informs social policy and intervention design that supports young people living in AIDS-affected communities in South Africa.
The Mzantsi Wakho study was designed and conceptualised in collaboration with the South African Departments of Health, Basic Education, and Social Development, UNICEF and UNAIDS, RIATT, REPSSI, Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa, and community-based organisations: the Keiskamma Trust, the Raphael Centre, Kheth’Impilo, and Small Projects Foundation.
In June 2019 a ground-breaking report was published summarising the findings of the Mzantsi Wakho study.
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