Dr Dumo Brilliant Mkwanazi
Dr Ntombizodumo Mkwanazi holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand?s School of Public Health and currently a Research Specialist at the HSRC. She has worked at a community-based HIV and infant feeding study, the Vertical Transmission Study (VTS) at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI). She also worked for World Health Organization (WHO)?s multisite Kesho Bora Clinical Trial which looked at the impact of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) during pregnancy and breastfeeding on MTCT of HIV to maternal health. She was a researcher for the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence the University of Witwatersrand on an Early Childhood Development (ECD) project. She led fieldwork operations in all nine provinces of South Africa using the Cultural Model and interviewed experts via Skype and telephone.
In all her research operations she had to engage with relevant stakeholders including policymakers and Traditional Authority including izinduna and the Community Advisory Board (the CAB) and often initiated such meetings and led talks especially on the updates of the research that was being conducted. She was also trained in community entry and would often attend izimbizo (community gatherings) to communicate various stages of the research with the community. For her PhD study, she conducted in-depth interviews with HIV-infected women and focus groups with the health care workers in primary health care clinics. In October 2018, she was part of a team from the HSRC that provided technical support in the development and enhancement of the UNICEF West and Central Africa Region (WCARO), Care for Child Development (CCD) in Sierra Leone. This included training community health workers to support families and caregivers in child development.