Dr Allanise Cloete

DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7928
EMAIL: acloete@hsrc.ac.za

I am an anthropologist and approach research using a social justice paradigm that aims to challenge us to look at the way research is predominantly conducted, on communities and not often with or led by communities. I am employed as a senior research specialist in the Identity and Belonging unit at the Human and Social Capabilities division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). I have worked in my research programme to advance research with key populations since 2004. My scientific contributions have been multifaceted including, co-authoring 31 peer reviewed articles, 3 chapters in peer reviewed books, 5 in non-peer reviewed publications and 11 client reports. I have managed ground-breaking HIV surveillance studies with key populations in South Africa, Ghana and Lesotho. My particular contribution is in the area of HIV surveillance amongst key populations, including gay and bisexual men and transgender women.

The Botshelo Ba Trans Study was the firstever study of its kind in Southern Africa to document the burden of HIV suffered by transgender women in South Africa. The study also explored qualitatively how transgender women actually live their lives thus providing a depth understanding of the HIV risks of transgender women, and more generally to threats including violence, stigma and substance use. The participatory approach incorporated by myself raised this study above many others conducted in the field. I actively went out and worked with transgender women, drawing representatives into the research team, employing members of the community and finally involving these team members in the writing of the academic papers. My doctoral work looked at the performance of local same sex cultures and explored questions of citizenship and belonging in the `coloured? townships of Cape Town. I was awarded my PhD in Anthropology at the University of the Western Cape, in August 2018

Recent

THE INTEGRATED BIO-BEHAVIORAL SURVEILLANCE SURVEY (ROUND 2) FOR KEY POPULATIONS IN LESOTHO

OBJECTIVES OF THE IBBS The main objective of the study is to assess the vulnerability of FSWs and MSM to HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs. Specifically, it will....

HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) services for Trans Women in Small Town South Africa

Objectives of the study a. To establish partnerships and linkages with trans women living in the Matzikama local municipality in the Western Cape prov....

Provision of Technical assistance for the development of methodology and testing of tools for the profiling of HIV drivers in identified hotspots

Objective of the assignment Develop methods and tools to profile drivers of HIV in predefined hotspots in selected districts Provide maps of HIV dri....

Programmatic mapping and size estimation of key populations

Men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers (SWs), injecting drug users (IDUs), prisoners and migrant populations are collectivel....

WRHI The people living with HIV stigma index

The survey seeks to measure the level of stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV, and to explore how this information could be....

HIV Prevention Services, Capacity Building Assistance And Evaluation Activities For High-Risk, Underserved Populations In The RSA Under PEPFAR

In South Africa given the generalized nature of the HIV epidemic, prevention, treatment, care and counselling services are not well suited for key pop....

Surveillance of HIV and Risk Behavious among MSM (CDC Additional Funds)

There is a lack of up-to-date research and surveillance data on the prevalence of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa collected ....