Janke Tolmay

Janke is a DPhil candidate in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation under the supervision of Professor Lucie Cluver and Associate Professor Elona Toska, funded by the UKRI ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods DTP and Nuffield College.

Her main research interests include public health policy, women's sexual and reproductive health, and the social determinants of health (focusing on HIV/AIDS epidemiology). Motivated by this, her DPhil research examines socio-economic and health system factors influencing retention in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services among adolescent mothers in South Africa, with the aim of identifying attrition 'hotspots' for policy and intervention focus.

Prior to starting the DPhil, Janke completed a BSc(Hons) in Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch (cum laude), and an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From there, she worked as Quantitative Research Coordinator on the HEY BABY longitudinal cohort study as part of the Adolescent Accelerators Hub.