Dr Jacque Carol Mthembu

DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 8062
EMAIL: jmthembu@hsrc.ac.za

I have a Psychology background, with a PhD in Research Psychology. I have been with the Human and Social Capabilities (HSC) unit at the HSRC for 14 years and have mainly focused on the development and implementation of HIV-related risk reduction interventions and well as HIV surveillance. My particular contribution is that of managing (in various capacities) national HIV surveillance studies with both key and the general populations, in South Africa. As project director of a multi-disciplinary team, we are in process of implementing the second South African PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0 Survey. These include the first-ever study of its kind in Southern Africa; documenting the burden of HIV amongst transgender women in South Africa. As a co-project manager I adapted and market tested a Positive Health, Dignity, and Prevention (PHDP) comprehensive HIV prevention service package for public health settings, to include key populations. In terms of regional work,

I spearheaded the adaptation of a HIV prevention intervention for the Malawian context and trained and evaluated intervention facilitators of four Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Malawi. My PhD is focused on masculine identity and its influence on violence and risk behavior. I have contributed to GBV literature through peer reviewed publications. In 2017 I was awarded the Phodiso Visiting Scholarship from the University of California, Los Angeles where I resided as a Visiting Scholar from April to June 2018. I am also leading a study based in Cape Town named Examining psychological distress and HIV-related risk behavior amongst South African `coloured? women who experience intimate partner violence. In 2019 I was part of a multi-dimensional team, drafting the first South African National Strategic Plan on Gender-based violence and femicide.


Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) study: Mapping and Characterization of Male Sex Partners (MSPs) of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

Study aim The aim of this study is to map men???s sexual behaviours from the perspective of their female sex partners. We aim to ascertain whether and....

Strengthening South Africa's Revitalised Response to HIV and Health(SARRAH) Impact Assessment

The purpose of the SARRAH programme is to improve governance of the national response to HIV and health by supporting reforms in the public health sec....

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....