Ms Alicia North

DEPARTMENT: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)21 466 7954
EMAIL: anorth@hsrc.ac.za

Alicia Davids is a senior researcher in the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB research unit. She holds an MA in Research Psychology at the University of the Western Cape.

Before joining the HSRC in July 2007/01, she was a senior research technologist at the South African Medical Research Council (Cape Town). She has gained a knowledge base and worked in the following areas of research: intervention mapping, gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS, orphaned and vulnerable children, substance use and abuse, and tobacco control and harm minimisation.

Her areas of research interest include: adolescent development , with special emphasis on risk-taking behaviour and how this relates to HIV and AIDS.

Davids has authored and co-authored various research reports on orphaned and vulnerable children, published by the HRSC. In addition she was one of the editors for the Gender Mainstreaming in HIV/AIDS Seminar Proceedings Book published in HSRC: Gender Studies.

Recent

The perceived relevance of HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes for reducing vulnerability to HIV: a qualitative enquiry from Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

The South African National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS and STI has intensified, comprehensive, multi-sectoral, national response to the epidemic. ....

The health of educators in public schools in South Africa 2016

The provision of good quality education in public sector schools in South Africa is intrinsically linked to the health, wellbeing and productivity of ....

Perceptions of HIV and sexual risk behaviours among community members in the Northern Cape province of South Africa

In South Africa, the key behavioural risk factors increasing vulnerability to HIV infection are age disparate sexual relationships, teenage pregnancy,....

Exploring risk and protective mechanisms associated with HIV infection among adolescents in South Africa

This study explored South African adolescents' perceived risk and protection for HIV infection. Adolescents (N = 28) with a mean age of 14.6 years rec....

The role of parents and peers in young people initiating sexual debut in South Africa

Age at sexual debut is an important indicator for exposure to heterosexual HIV transmission. Studies show that early sexual debut is associated with i....

Perceptions about the acceptability and prevalence of HIV testing and factors influencing them in different communities in South Africa

HIV counselling and testing (HCT) is considered important because it is an entry point to a comprehensive continuum of care for HIV/AIDS. The South A....

Identifying community risk factors for HIV among South African adolescents with mental health problems: a qualitative study of parental perceptions

High risk sexual behaviour, alcohol and drug use, and mental health problems combine to yield high levels of HIV-risk behaviour among adolescents with....

Sexual violence and HIV

This Chapter aims to provide a comprehensive synopsis and, in some instances, a critique of recent research conducted in the field of HIV/AIDS and sex....

Alcohol use and problem drinking in South Africa: findings from a national population-based survey

Objective: This study formed part of the South African National HIV, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication (SABSSM) 2008 survey, which included quest....

Binge drinking: catch it early

A survey of South Africans' habits highlights the need for early interventions to address the growing scourge of alcohol abuse, KARL PELTZER, ALICIA D....

Extent and influence of recreational drug use on men and women aged 15 years and older in South Africa

Illicit drug use negatively affects development of human and physical capital of any nation. Huge financial resources are allocated to prevent and cur....

South African national HIV prevalence, incidence, behaviour and communication survey, 2008: the health of our children

Understanding the general health status of children aged 18 years and below in relation to the HIV epidemic is paramount in South Africa - a country t....

Programme to improve implementation of the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Gert Sibande district in Mpumalanga, South Africa: baseline report: Gert Sibande PMTCT programme implementation

Background: A baseline assessment of the PMTCT programme was conducted in the Gert Sibande district of Mpumalanga province in 2008-9 to gather informa....

The perceived relevance of HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes for reducing vulnerability in communities

Background: The South African National Strategic Plan for HIV & AIDS and STI calls for an intensified, comprehensive, multi-sectoral, national respons....

Psychosocial needs of community home-based carers in South Africa

This article is a summary of a forthcoming report on psychosocial support needs of caregivers in South Africa. We wish to thank fieldworkers who assi....

Just between the 2 of us: how communities perceive sexual abuse and the risk of HIV infection

How do communities that should be able to protect children against sexual abuse perceive this crime and the resultant threat to the mental and physica....

Implementing a rural programme of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Kouga LSA, South Africa: a pre-post evaluation: final report: Kouga LSA PMTCT programme implementation

Baseline assessment of missed opportunities for PMTCT was conducted in the Kouga LSA in 2007 to gather information on the status of PMTCT programme im....

Evaluation study of the psycho-social needs of volunteer community home-based carers

South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. Poverty, poor access to basic amenities and health care, limited inf....

HSRC's focus groups study on social values and norms: research methodology

A presentation on the study to identify and understand the social values and cultural norms that influence sexual behaviour in various settings or sit....

Substance abuse trends in the Western Cape: a review of studies conducted since 2000

A consortium of researchers from the South African Medical Research Council, Human Sciences Research Council, University of Cape Town and Dopstop was ....

Working to support orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa: a reflection on values, principles and organisational issues

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

A situational analysis of orphans and vulnerable children in four districts of South Africa

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

Multiple vulnerabilities: qualitative data for the study of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

Barriers to accessing PMTCT services in a rural area of South Africa

Despite good intentions and commitment from providers, prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services can be difficult for pregnan....

Gender mainstreaming in HIV/AIDS: seminar proceedings: from the satellite session held during the 7th AIDS impact conference, Cape Town, 2005

Current trends of HIV transmission and prevalence clearly show that the epidemic is fuelled by gender-based vulnerabilities. Close to 60 per cent of a....