Dr Zaynab Essack
Dr Zaynab Essack is a senior research specialist in the Human and Social Development (HSD) research programme at the HSRC. She holds an MSocSci in Research Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2015) on the topic: An empirical study of standards of prevention in South African HIV vaccine trials: Norms, perspectives and practices.
Before joining the HSRC in October 2015, she was a senior researcher for the Social Development Portfolio Committee at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature (Pietermaritzburg). She has also worked for the HIV AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG), University of KwaZulu-Natal and is currently an honorary research fellow at the School of Law, UKZN, and convenes a module on informed consent for the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI, UKZN).
Her areas of research interest include: HIV prevention interventions for key populations, with a focus on adolescents; ethical-legal issues in research; and sexual and reproductive health rights.
Dr Essack's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of several local and international conference presentations and technical reports and 19 journal articles. Her most recent work, published in the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, explored the knowledge, practices and perspectives of social workers in KwaZulu-Natal regarding the mandatory reporting of consensual, underage sex.