Dr Rebecca Hodes

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Rebecca Hodes is the Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She is the co-principal investigator (together with DSPI’s Professor Lucie Cluver) of the Mzantsi Wakho research study. The study is broadly about the health of adolescents in post-Apartheid South Africa. Hodes is a medical historian, with a D.Phil in the History of Medicine from Oxford University’s Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine. She holds an M.Sc in the History of Medicine, Science and Technology, and undergraduate degrees in the Humanities from Rhodes University in South Africa. She is the author of a monograph, Broadcasting the Pandemic: A History of HIV/AIDS on South African Television (HSRC Press, 2014). Her articles has been published in African Affairs, the African Journal of AIDS Research, the Journal of Southern African Studies, the International Journal of African Histories Studies, the Social History of Medicine and the South African Medical Journal. She is a co-author of South Africa’s National Adolescent and Youth Health Policy (2017). Her work has been supported by Evidence for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa, the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research, UNICEF, UNFPA and the Wellcome Trust. She has worked for South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign, and for Médecins Sans Frontières. Her current research focuses on the histories of science, race and sex. 

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