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How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities does your job involve? I am still the new kid on the block! My responsibilities within the Adolescent Programme include putting together innovative ideas that will improve the WITS RHI NEWSLETTER | #4 quality of treatment and care for adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) and creating a replicable model that will link into the three streams of PHC re-engineering. In addition I’m responsible for piloting the model in two regions, collecting data and conducting evidence-based research to support the model. What would you like to achieve during your time with Wits RHI? I would like to achieve the things mentioned above, and have the models adopted for roll-out and replication in all districts. I would like to see a significant proportion of ALHIV receiving better quality of care, treatment and support through this project and for them to have a better quality of life as a result of the project than they would have had otherwise.

maternity cases for transportation to health facilities. This is of particular significance for me, as it links to my initial motivation to study medicine and my experiences with the issues facing pregnant rural women. What are the best and most challenging aspects of working with adolescents? If you have ever shared a house with an adolescent you know the challenging aspects so I will spare you the details. The best aspect of working with adolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas and interests; you have to continuously identify relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for them. What’s one thing your co-workers would be surprised to know about you? I am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that though.

Introducing Hillbrew

How do you spend your downtime?

Esselen Street Clinic declared

You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…).

I had very enriching experiences with the public health sectors locally as well as in other African countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board.

Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol!

a heritage site

Which music gets you dancing?

Wits RHI employees tour Constitution Hill

Rotary Club donates to Shandukani’s new-

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health system is now able to prioritise

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From the Editor’s desk Getting to know

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It’s hard hardtotobelieve, believe, 2014 Witsturn RHI20!turn butbut 2014 sees sees Wits RHI The20! Wits The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute was Reproductive Health and HIV Institute was established in established 1994 as theHealth Reproductive Research 1994 as the in Reproductive ResearchHealth Unit (RHRU) and Unit (RHRU) Wits RHI2010. on 1 We’re October 2010. a became Witsand RHIbecame on 1 October sporting We’re a special logo for our specialsporting logo for our 20th anniversary and20th haveanniversary a number of and haveand a number of activities andthe events linedYou’ll up to activities events lined up to mark occasion. be mark themore occasion. You’ll be hearing more about that hearing about that soon. soon. To view the video of Professor Rees talking about RHI click here. From20, modest beginnings 20 years ago our portfolio now extends beyond sexual and reproductive health to From modest yearsservice ago provision our portfolio encompass HIVbeginnings research and20 health and a now extends beyond sexual and reproductive health to wide range of infectious diseases including sexually encompass researchtuberculosis and health and service provision transmitted HIV infections, opportunistic and a wideWe range of infectious including sexually infections. conduct researchdiseases and provide programmatic transmitted infections, and health opportunistic support, training, policytuberculosis development, systems infections. andnational provide strengtheningWeand conduct technical research assistance at and programmatic support, training, policy development, international level. health systems strengthening and technical assistance at national and In the past fewinternational months our level. role in policy development and technical support to the South African Government has In the apparent past few in months our role policy development been the roll-out of in two critically important and technical support to the South African Government public health campaigns, both focused on the reproductive has been apparent in the health and rights of women androll-out girls. of two critically important public health campaigns, both focused on the reproductive health and rights of Department women and of girls. We have supported the National Health in developing the revised Contraceptive and Fertility Planning We have the National Department of strongly Health Policy andsupported Service Delivery Guidelines, which focus in revised Contraceptive and Fertility on developing long-actingthecontraceptive methods such as the Planning Policy and Service Delivery Guidelines, sub-dermal implant. Long-acting contraception playswhich a vital focus strongly on long-acting contraceptive methods such role in preventing unintended pregnancies, particularly as the sub-dermal implant. Long-acting contraception among young women, though we continue to advocate plays a vital role in preventing unintended pregnancies, that it be used together with condoms to ensure dual particularly young women, we continue protection among from pregnancy and though STIs, including HIV. to advocate it be used together with condoms Professor Rees,that Dr Howard Manyonga and Melanie Pleaner, to dual protection from pregnancy and STIs, all ensure key advisers to Government on the drafting and including HIV. Professor Rees, Drpresent Howard Manyonga implementation of the policy, were at the launch in and Melanie keymore advisers Government Tembisa on 27Pleaner, February.all Read abouttoit on page 6. on the and drafting and implementation of the policy,and were status, regardless of their traditional present at the launch in Tembisa on 27 February. Read We were part of the roll-out of the schools HPV vaccine religious beliefs. more aboutThis it onground-breaking page 6. Click here to see photos from campaign. intervention, which will the launch and athe video of Professor on SABC News. protect against main cause ofRees cervical cancer, was Tell us about your first job? launched at Gonyane Primary School in Mangaung, Bloemfontein on 12 March.

Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme

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Professor Rees helps Minister Who is Memory? launch Family Planning Campaign................................6 IWits hailRHIfrom the village of employees tour Constitution Hill..................7 Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I Esselento Street Clinic declared came Johannesburg to a heritage site.............8 study medicine at Wits and Rotary Club to Shandukani’s newborn stayed on. donates I am passionate babies.......................................................................................9 about the field of HIV/AIDS, particularly themen’s prevention Zooming in on health..........................................10 part; I have always believed FACTS that theAnnual earlierMeeting....................................................11 young people are exposed to the right Getting to know… Dr Memory Muturiki............12 -13 education around SRH and HIV, the better the outcomes forPolicy...................................14 the Know your Annual Leave health system in reducing the Awardsof and burden theAppointments............................................15 disease. Coming from a rural background New Appointees................................................................16 myself, I know that SRH topics and even HIV are not always common household topics. What motivated you to study medicine? When I was younger I noticed that pregnant women living in remote villages had no access to antenatal services and were not able to get to the hospital early enough for help, especially in emergencies. These women would estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. This often resulted in stays of up to three months in barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. Happily, access to health care has improved greatly and this system no longer exists, but that was a significant motivator in my decision to study medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in human dignity and that all people deserve quality health no matter what their socio-economic Witscare RHI Choir

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Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the last group to be interns for only a year as internship became a two-year programme the following year! Editor-in-Chief: Crabtree, ecrabtree@whri.ac.za Editor: Fhatuwani Tshikororo, ftshikororo@wrhi.ac.za Graphic Designer: Sipho Ndlovu, sindlovu@wrhi.ac.za Special thanks to Noluthando Ncube for her contribution


maternity cases for transportation to health facilities. How long part have you been with Wits RHI HPV and vaccine what We were the roll-out of the schools Professor Reesof and Dr Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, both campaign. Thisfield ground-breaking which will This is of particular significance for me, as it links to responsibilities does job involve? experts in the ofyour vaccines andintervention, HPV, made significant protect against the main cause of cervical cancer, was my initial motivation to study medicine and my contributions to the current policy; and Professor Rees launched Primary in Mangaung, experiences with the issues facing pregnant rural I am theatnew kid on the block!School My responsibilities wasstill present atGonyane the launch. Bloemfontein on 12 March. Professor Reesputting and Dr women. within the Adolescent Programme include Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, both experts in the field She said, “It has taken aideas lot of hard reach this point; together innovative thatwork willtoimprove theof vaccines and HPV, made significant contributions to the and the of the to vulnerable quality of introduction treatment and careHPV for vaccine adolescents living What are the best and most challenging aspects of current policy; and Professor Rees was present at the young is a huge step towards a significant reduction with HIVgirls (ALHIV) and creating a replicable model that working with adolescents? launch. in link the into ratesthe of three cervical cancerofinPHC South Africa. Cervical will streams re-engineering. screening remains an important intervention for women If you have ever shared a house with an adolescent InShe addition I’m responsible piloting the model in “It has takenactive, a for lotbut of the hard work to reach who said, are already sexually next generation of two regions, collecting data and conducting this point; andwillthe introduction the HPV vaccine you know the challenging aspects so I will spare you young women benefit from this of protective vaccine.” evidence-based research to support thestep model. to vulnerable young girls is a huge towards a the details. The best aspect of working with significant the rates cervical and cancer in adolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas In an effortreduction to ensurein that familyofplanning other South Africa. Cervical screening remains important What would you like to achieve youran time reproductive health services areduring accessible to all with South and interests; you have to continuously identify intervention for women who are already sexually active, Wits RHI? the provision of adolescent- and youth-friendly relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for Africans, but the isnext generation of are young women will benefit services a key strategy. We pleased to announce the them. from this protective vaccine.” You can listen to Professor opening of to theachieve adolescent-friendly clinic at theabove, Hillbrow I would like the things mentioned Rees on Talk 702 live from the launch here. Community Health Centre (Ward 21), providing and have the models adopted for roll-out and What’s one thing your co-workers would be comprehensive HIVdistricts. and SRH services replication in all I wouldto adolescents, like to seeboth a surprised to know about you? In an effort to ensure that family planning and other HIV-positive and negative, between the ages of 10 and 19. significant proportion of ALHIV receiving better reproductive health services are accessible to all South We chat to Dr Memory Mutukiri, Technical Head, quality of the care, treatment and support through this I am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that Africans, provision ofon adolescentAdolescent Programme, page 12-13.and youth-friendly though. project and them to have better quality life as services is aforkey strategy. Weaare pleased to of announce a the result of the project than they would have hadthe opening of another the adolescent-friendly at We have added province to our clinic geographical How do you spend your downtime? otherwise. Hillbrow Centre (Ward 21),with providing reach: theCommunity Sex WorkerHealth Project, in conjunction North comprehensive HIV and SRH to adolescents, Star Alliance, opened a clinic for services sex workers and truckers both HIV-positive andCape, negative, between the health ages of I love water (pool, beach…). You have vastNorthern experience in clinical and public in Upington, in March. Professor Francois 10 and 19. We chat to Dr Memory Mutukiri, Technical inVenter Africa and and Maria Europe. What have you learnt from your Sibanyoni, Programme Manager, SWP, Head, page 12-13. Which music gets you dancing? were atAdolescent the launch.Programme, You can readon about it on page 5. experiences?

Wecelebrate have added another province to ourRHI geographical Anything We welcome feedback so do thatthat. wewill canfind continually These are justyour a few of should the stories you in for these Human Rights Day in March, Rihanna sings Dancing I To had very enriching experiences with thecolleagues public reach: the Sex Worker Project, in conjunction with improve the newsletter for you; and we invite you to send pages, showcasing the life and times of RHI and keeping once again visited Constitution Hill to tour the Old Gaol me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol! health sectors locally as well as in other African North Star Alliance, opened a clinic for sex workers and us your news and snippets for the next issue. Send your you ‘wired’. We hope you enjoy reading this and find the and the Constitutional Court. You can what they had countries (specifically Botswana andread Nigeria) where truckers in Upington, Northern Cape, in March. Professor contributions to Fhatuwani Tshikororo interactive version useful. We welcome your feedback so to say about that on page 7. Five minutes’ walk away from there are fewer health resources than weProgramme have in Francois Venter and Maria Sibanyoni, (ftshikororo@wrhi.ac.za post onthe thenewsletter Communications that we can continuallyorimprove for you; Constitution Hill, Esselen Clinic is also part of South AfricaSWP but where there is, in some ways, more Manager, , were at the launch. You can read about page) by 15 June. and we invite you to send us your news and snippets Johannesburg’s heritage, and was awarded a heritage efficient Theis on European itplaque on page 5. for the next issue. Send your contributions to Fhatuwani inmanagement. February. The story page 8. set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual Tshikororo (ftshikororo@wrhi.ac.za or post on the To celebrate Human Rights Day in March, RHI colleagues needs and health requirements offind patients, Communications page) by 15 June. These are just a fewcare of the stories you will in these once again visited Constitution Hill to tour the Old Gaol particularly adolescents, are very similar across the pages, showcasing the life and times of RHI and keeping and the Constitutional You canthis. read what they board. you ‘wired’. We hope youCourt. enjoy reading had to say about that on page 7. Five minutes’ walk away from Constitution Hill, Esselen Clinic is also part of Which of your accomplishments are you most proud Johannesburg’s heritage, and was awarded a heritage of? plaque in February. The story is on page 8.

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Introducing Hillbrew Getting to know Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme

Those of you who frequent the staff refreshment kiosk in HSB may be wondering about the plans to give ‘the kiosk’ a catchier name. Well the wait is over! We are very pleased to announce that the winning entry in the competition was Hillbrew.

Who is Memory?

The winner has elected to remain anonymous and donate the prize to the Dayvision Youth Centre in Hillbrow. Olives &

IPlates, hail who from theoffered village of kindly to contribute to the prize along with Wits RHI, baked a large cake which was enjoyed by all Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I the beneficiaries of the Centre on Tuesday, 18 March. came to Johannesburg to study medicine at Wits and An overjoyed Matome Moremi, Social Worker from Dayvision, said, “This was a present to our youth as we wanted to show our appreciation for their patience with our new Community Centre that is still under construction. The noise from stayed on. I am passionate the construction disturbing, but the patience and dedication shown by the youth to this organisation has about the fieldhas ofbeen HIV/AIDS, been amazing and this special gift from Olives and Plates has been very greatly welcomed by our participants.” particularly the prevention part; I have always believed that the earlier young people are exposed to the right education around SRH and HIV, the better the outcomes for the health system in reducing the burden of the disease. Coming from a rural background myself, I know that SRH topics and even HIV are not always common household topics. What motivated you to study medicine? When I was younger I noticed that pregnant women living in remote villages had no access to antenatal services and were not able to get to the hospital early enough for help, especially in emergencies. These women would estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. This often resulted in stays of up to three months in barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. Happily, access to health care has improved greatly and this system no longer exists, but that was a significant motivator in my decision to study medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in human dignity and that all people deserve quality Witscare RHI Choir Choir health no matter what their socio-economic Wits RHI

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status, and regardless of their traditional and religious beliefs. Tell us about your first job? Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the last group to be interns for only a year as internship became a two-year programme the following year!


How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities does your job involve?

maternity cases for transportation to health facilities. This is of particular significance for me, as it links to my initial motivation to study medicine and my experiences with the issues facing pregnant rural women.

New clinic brings health to ZF Mgcawu

I am still the new kid on the block! My responsibilities within the Adolescent Programme include putting Wits RHI, innovative together with North and the the together ideas thatStarwillAlliance improve Northern Cape Department of Health, launched a Sex quality of treatment and care for adolescents living Worker & Trucker Clinic in Upington in ZF Mgcawu district with HIV (ALHIV) and creating a replicable model that on 12 March. The event was attended by over 400 people, will link into the three streams of PHCululating, re-engineering. all in jubilant mood. There was much shouting In addition I’m responsible for piloting the model in and singing as the Executive Mayor Cllr. Z Mjila and Wits two regions, collecting data and conducting RHI Professor Francois Venter cut the ribbon to officially evidence-based open the clinic. research to support the model.

The RHI Sex Worker Project started more than 10 years ago inare inner Johannesburg. It provides aspects clinical and What thecity best and most challenging of outreach services to brothel- and street-based sex workers working with adolescents? and their clients in the city. Services offered include health communication delivered through peer educators and Ifoutreach you have ever shared a house an adolescent staff, clinical detection andwith treatment of STIs, HIV you know the aspects so I will spare you counselling andchallenging testing, TB screening, contraception, and the Thecondom best provision. aspect ofReferral working with male details. and female linkages to adolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas relevant DoH services including HIV and TB treatment and interests;health you services have to identify The clinic will enable sex workers and truckers of and reproductive arecontinuously in place with outreach What would you like tothe achieve during your time with Upington to access primary health care and sexual and workers tracing defaulting patients. relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for Wits RHI? reproductive health services in a converted container that them. now a like clinictowith air-conditioned rooms, wifi “We are happy to open the project’s seventh clinic,” said Iiswould achieve the thingsconsulting mentioned above, and ablution facilities. Maria Sibanyoni, Programme Manager, would Sex Worker one thing your co-workers be and have the models adopted for roll-out and What’s Project. “We plan to open another clinic in Bloemfontein replication in all districts. I would like to see a surprised to know about you? in the near future,” she added.

significant proportion of ALHIV receiving better quality of care, treatment and support through this project and for them to have a better quality of life as a result of the project than they would have had otherwise.

I am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that though. How do you spend your downtime?

You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…).

I had very enriching experiences with the public health sectors locally as well as in other African countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board.

Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol!

Which music gets you dancing?

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health system is now able to prioritise Executive Mayor CIIr.Z Mjila and Wits RHI Professor Francois Venter cutting the ribbon

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Professor Rees helps Minister launch Family Getting to know Planning Campaign Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme South Africa took a major step forward for women’s reproductive health with the launch of the Family Planning Campaign, which took place at Ethafeni Clinic in Tembisa on 27 February. Professor Helen Rees, Chair of the Who is Memory?and Fertility Planning Policy expert group, and RHI Senior Technical Adviser Melanie Pleaner, key author Contraception of the newly revised guidelines, were present at the launch.

I hail from the village of Under the theme “Dual protection. My Responsibility. My Choice. Our Future,” one of the main components of the Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I campaign the introduction came to was Johannesburg to of the sub-dermal implant. This new method helps to realise one of the key objectives of themedicine new policy –attoWits expand the range of contraceptive methods available to women in public health facilities in South study and Africa. The one of several other long-acting, reversible methods emphasised in the new policy, which also stayed on. implant I am ispassionate include the copper IUD and the pill and injectables. about the field of HIV/AIDS, particularly the prevention Chaired by the Deputy Minister of Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, key speakers at the launch included the Minister of Health, part; I have always Director-General: believed Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Health, Precious Matsoso; Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini; that the earlier peopleDevelopment, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize; and the United Nations Population Fund's Deputy Ministeryoung of Economic are exposed to Onabanjo, the right (UNFPA) Dr Julitta Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. education around SRH and HIV, the the outcomes for the Inbetter addressing the campaign theme, speakers highlighted the importance of family planning in avoiding teenage and unplanned pregnancy, the promotion of dual protection, choice and the importance of improved access. The merits of health system in reducing the the implant explained, and as part of the launch, the Minister inserted the first implant into a client at Ethafeni burden of thewere disease. Coming Clinic. At the press conference from a rural backgroundProfessor Rees explained the advantages of the sub-dermal implant, which include a reduction in clinic the reliability of the method. myself, I know thatvisits SRHand topics and even HIV are not always The Minister of Health concluded the event by urging everyone “…to take the message of family planning and common household topics. contraception to every corner of our country. We need this message to be heard by every woman and man in our country as many times as possible so that we can reap the many benefits of family planning."

What motivated you to study medicine? RHI has been extensively involved in training health care providers on the new policy and guidelines, on IUD insertion,

and on the insertion of the implant. Dr Howard Manyonga, Head: Women’s Health, and Training & Teaching

When I was younger I noticed Department have supported DOH in the roll-out of the training. that pregnant women living in remote villages hadimplant no access The sub-dermal is a small plastic rod about to antenatal services and were the size of a match stick that is inserted just under the not skin ableon to the get inside to theofhospital the upper arm. Using a local takes about 5-7 minutes. earlyanaesthetic, enoughthe insertion for help, The single Implanon NXT®, canwomen remain inwould place status, and regardless of their traditional and especially in rod, emergencies. These for three years, thevery two-rod method, Jadelle,and for religious beliefs. estimate their dueand dates, often inaccurately, five years (to be introduced later in the year). then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. implant will be available at all healthcare ThisThe often resulted in stays of up to public three months in Tell us about your first job? facilities across the country by mid-2014. barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Happily, access to health care has improved greatly Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to and this system no longer exists, but that was a say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the significant motivator in my decision to study last group to be interns for only a year as internship medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in became a two-year programme the following year! human dignity and that all people deserve quality health no matter what their socio-economic Witscare RHI Choir

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Minister for Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi inserts the first sub-dermal implant into a patient at the launch of the Family Planning Campaign


cases for transportation to health facilities. Wits RHI employeesmaternity tour Constitution This is of particular significance for me, as itHill links to

How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities does your job involve?

my initial motivation to study medicine and my I am still the new kid on the block! My responsibilities experiences with the issues facing pregnant rural This is what some of our colleagues had to say about the Wits RHI’s Health Committee staff women. within the Organisational Adolescent Programme includeoffered putting another opportunity enjoythat a one-hour guided tour together innovative toideas will improve theof tour: the Constitutional Court Section Four (the Men’s Jail: What are the best and most challenging aspects of quality of treatment andand care for adolescents living “Before with the adolescents? tour, I would have imagined a museum darkHIV heart of Constitution Hill) in honour of Human Rights working with (ALHIV) and creating a replicable model that Day 2014. arrangement with polished, shiny exhibits and artwork. I will link into the three streams of PHC re-engineering. was amazed at how original and well preserved its In addition I’m responsible for piloting the model in If you have ever shared a house with an adolescent This year the tour was again a success with staff, especially structures and features were – right down to the prisoners' two regions, collecting data and conducting you know the challenging aspects so I will spare you our new colleagues. The Constitution Hill precinct, located writings on the walls. It was an incredible and powerful the details. The best aspect of working with evidence-based supportisthethe model. at the westernresearch end of to Hillbrow, seat of the experience and a definite must-see. Many thanks to the is that they have said dynamic needs, ideas Constitutional Court of South Africa. The first court session adolescents OHC for organising the tour," Nkunda Vundamina, interests; you for have to continuously identify What would you like to during with and Project Co-ordinator ReproNet-Africa. in the new building at achieve this location wasyour heldtime in February relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for Wits RHI? 2004. them. “I commend the OHC for organising such a memorable The court is open members of the public who tour for us. It was very enlightening and distressing at the I would likebuilding to achieve theto things mentioned above, want to attend hearings or view the art gallery in the court same time. am trulyyour grateful for all thewould people be who one I thing co-workers and have the models adopted for roll-out and What’s fought for our freedom,” said Cathy Noble, Co-ordinator atrium. The court houses a collection of more than 200 replication in all districts. I would like to see a surprised to know about you? contemporary artworks of chosen by Constitutional Court for Facilities Department. significant proportion ALHIV receiving better judge Albie Sachs, including works by Gerard Sekoto, I am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that quality of care, treatment and support through this William Kentridge, and Cecil Skotnes. project and for them to have a better quality of life as though. a result of the project than they would have had How do you spend your downtime? otherwise. You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…). Which music gets you dancing?

I had very enriching experiences with the public Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for health sectors locally as well as in other African me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol! countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, Nkunda Vudamina reading part of the historic information at Constitution Hill however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board. Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health system is now able to prioritise Wits RHI staff listening attentively to the tour guide

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Esselen StreetGetting Clinic declared to knowa heritage site Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme

The City of Johannesburg's Esselen Street Clinic in Hillbrow, formerly known as Colin Gordon Nursing Home, was declared a heritage site in 2014. On 25 January, the Who is Memory? Heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.

I hail from the village of The building is the work of a highly inventive architect, Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I Wilhelm Pabst, who rejected came to B Johannesburg to the rational approach, choosing to express in his buildings. In 1941 he study medicine at emotion Wits and designed this bastion against stayed on. I am passionate dread disease using imagery from a castle. about the field of HIV/AIDS, particularly the prevention The Clinic handles tuberculosis, sexually transmitted part; I have always believed infections, contraception and HIV counselling and testing that young peoplethe City of Johannesburg andthe is a earlier partnership between are to theHealth right& HIV Institute. Up to 350 and exposed Wits Reproductive education around SRH and HIV,with plans to increase this patients are attended to daily, the to better 1000. the outcomes for the health system in reducing the burden of the disease. Coming from a rural background myself, I know that SRH topics and even HIV are not always common household topics.

Youth listening attentively to Yael Horowitz, Programme Manager for Hillbrow Health Precinct, explaining the history of the building

What motivated you to study medicine? When I was younger I noticed that pregnant women living in remote villages had no access to antenatal services and were not able to get to the hospital early enough for help, especially in emergencies. These women would estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. This often resulted in stays of up to three months in barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. Happily, access to health care has improved greatly and this system no longer exists, but that was a significant motivator in my decision to study medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in Essellen Street Clinic building human and that all people deserve quality Witsdignity RHI Choir health no matter what their socio-economic Witscare RHI Choir

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status, and regardless of their traditional and religious beliefs. Tell us about your first job? Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the last group to be interns for only a year as internship became a two-year programme the following year!


cases for transportation to health facilities. Rotary Club donates to maternity This is of particular significance for me, as it links to my initial motivation to study medicine and my Shandukani’s babies with the issues facing pregnant rural I am still the new kid on the block!newborn My responsibilities experiences How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities does your job involve?

within the Adolescent Programme include putting women. together innovative that reached will improve thethe The Northcliff Rotaryideas Club Anns out to help quality treatment and care for adolescents living What are the best and most challenging aspects of less of privileged newborn babies at the Shandukani with HIV (ALHIV) replicable modelboxes that ofworking with adolescents? Maternal and and Childcreating Health aCentre, donating willblankets link intoand theknitted three streams ofthe PHCfacility re-engineering. jerseys to on the 25th of February. I’m Thisresponsible is not the firstfor time the club has donated In addition piloting the model in toIf you have ever shared a house with an adolescent May last year the and club donated clothes,you know the challenging aspects so I will spare you twoShandukani. regions, Incollecting data conducting blankets and disposal nappies. “Donations like this evidence-based research to support the model. allowthe details. The best aspect of working with us to add a little bit extra to the service and facilities thatadolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas we would alreadyyou provide,” Shandukani’s Sr. Anna What like tosaid achieve during your timeSola. with and interests; you have to continuously identify relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for Wits RHI? The ‘Golden Girls’, a group of senior citizens who meet them. twice a month to knit for the under-privileged, are very I would to achieve things mentioned above, activelike in local old age the homes, regularly providing knitted anditems, have thelinen, models adopted roll-out andTheWhat’s one thing your co-workers would be fresh toiletries and foodfor to the residents. replication in allfounded districts.in I 1982, wouldhave likealso to see a surprised to know about you? Golden Girls, delivered significant of ALHIV better hundreds proportion of warm woollies to thereceiving CHOC Ward at the Johannesburg General Hospital, The Door of Hope quality of care, treatment and support through this inI am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that Hillbrow the Babies Behind Bars programme, and project andand for them to have a better quality of life asarethough. pleased addproject Shandukani their beneficiaries. a result oftothe thantothey would have had Sr. Anna Sola giving vote of thanks How do you spend your downtime? otherwise. You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…).

I had very enriching experiences with the public health sectors locally as well as in other African countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board.

Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol!

Which music gets you dancing?

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health system is now able to prioritise

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Zooming in ontomen’s Getting knowhealth Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme Who is Memory? I hail from the village of Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I came to Johannesburg to study medicine at Wits and stayed on. I am passionate about the field of HIV/AIDS, particularly the prevention part; I have always believed that the earlier young people are exposed to the right Geremia Mhwahla from Gauteng Department of Health demonstrating how to use a condom education around SRH and HIV, the better the outcomes for the health system Wits in reducing the On 13 February RHI, in partnership with Gauteng Department of Health, held a Condom Week campaign at HSB. burden of the is disease. Coming Condom Week celebrated annually in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, to heighten awareness of preventable health problems encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men. from a and rural background myself, I know that SRH topics To the week, Witsalways RHI and Gauteng Department of Health conducted an STI and Condom Week campaign, andhighlight even HIV are not which included an event at which men were given the opportunity to discuss issues affecting them and learn more common household topics. about the role they play in their own health and wellbeing.

What motivated you to study

Speaking at the event on issues as diverse as health, substance abuse and finance were representatives from Gauteng medicine? of Health, Mashate, SAMSOSA, Sanlam and FNB. Department

When I was younger I noticed Men who attended said they learned a lot about how to look after their health. Vincent Mukansi from Wits RHI found the that pregnant womeninteresting living in and informative. “It’s important to have yourself tested regularly for HIV, STI and speakers’ presentations remote cancer,” villages said hadVincent. no access prostate to antenatal services and were not able to get to the hospital early enough for help, especially in emergencies. These women would estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. This often resulted in stays of up to three months in barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. Happily, access to health care has improved greatly and this system no longer exists, but that was a significant motivator in my decision to study medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in human dignity and that all people deserve quality Wits RHI health no matter what their socio-economic Witscare RHI Choir Choir Enthusiastic participants

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status, and regardless of their traditional and religious beliefs. Tell us about your first job? Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the last group to be interns for only a year as internship became a two-year programme the following year!


How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities does your job involve?

maternity cases for transportation to health facilities. This is of particular significance for me, as it links to my initial motivation to study medicine and my experiences with the issues facing pregnant rural women.

FACTS Annual Meeting

I am still the new kid on the block! My responsibilities within the Adolescent Programme include putting On 12-14 February, FACTS held its third Annual Meeting together innovative ideas that will improve the in Johannesburg. The three-day meeting brought quality of treatment and team care for adolescents living together over 130 study members from our nine with HIV (ALHIV) and creating a replicable model sites across South Africa and the US, including the that CORE will linkbased into the threeRHI, streams PHC team at Wits as wellofas sitere-engineering. investigators and In staff, addition I’m responsible for piloting the model and in sponsor and donor representatives two regions, collecting and is conducting implementation partners. Asdata the study scheduled to conclude by theresearch end of 2014, this year’s evidence-based to support themeeting model.focused

What are the best and most challenging aspects of working with adolescents? If you have ever shared a house with an adolescent you know the challenging aspects so I will spare you the details. The best aspect of working with adolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas and interests; you have to continuously identify relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for them.

heavily on study close-out activities and scenario planning possible studyduring outcomes. we all What wouldaround you like to achieve yourWhile time with remain Wits RHI? hopeful for a positive outcome, Professor Rees thanked the team members for their efforts and highlighted that whatever the final results may be, the I would like to achieve the things mentioned above, study team should be proud that they’ve developed and What’s one thing your co-workers would be and have athe models adopted forSouth roll-out and nurtured unique and novel multi-site African trial replication in all I would to see a surprised to know about you? network – and thatdistricts. alone should be thelike measure of their significant success. proportion of ALHIV receiving better

quality of care, treatment and support through this project and for them to have a better quality of life as a result of the project than they would have had otherwise.

I am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that Professor Helen Rees though.

You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…).

I had very enriching experiences with the public health sectors locally as well as in other African countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board.

Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol!

How do you spend your downtime?

Which music gets you dancing?

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health system is now able to prioritise FACTS team

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Getting Gettingto toknow know Dr DrMemory MemoryMuturiki, Muturiki,Technical TechnicalHead: Head:Adolescent AdolescentProgramme Programme Who Who is is Memory? Memory? I I hail hail from from the the village village ofof Siloame Siloame inin Nzhelele, Nzhelele, Limpopo. Limpopo. I I came came toto Johannesburg Johannesburg toto study studymedicine medicineatatWits Witsand and stayed stayedon. on.I Iam ampassionate passionate about aboutthe thefield fieldofofHIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, particularly particularly the the prevention prevention part; part;I Ihave havealways alwaysbelieved believed that thatthe theearlier earlieryoung youngpeople people are are exposed exposed toto the the right right education education around around SRH SRH and and HIV, HIV, the the better better the the outcomes outcomes forfor the the health healthsystem systemininreducing reducingthe the burden burdenofofthe thedisease. disease.Coming Coming from from a a rural rural background background myself, myself,I know I knowthat thatSRH SRHtopics topics and andeven evenHIV HIVare arenot notalways always common common household household topics. topics. What Whatmotivated motivatedyou youtotostudy study medicine? medicine? When WhenI was I wasyounger youngerI noticed I noticed that thatpregnant pregnantwomen womenliving livinginin remote remotevillages villageshad hadnonoaccess access totoantenatal antenatalservices servicesand andwere were not notable abletotoget gettotothe thehospital hospital early early enough enough forfor help, help, especially especiallyininemergencies. emergencies.These Thesewomen womenwould would estimate estimate their their due due dates, dates, very very often often inaccurately, inaccurately, and and then then camp camp inin the the hospital hospital grounds grounds awaiting awaiting delivery. delivery. This Thisoften oftenresulted resultedininstays staysofofupuptotothree threemonths monthsinin barely barelyadequate adequateaccommodation, accommodation,asasthey theycould couldnot not bebeadmitted admittedinto intothe thehospital. hospital.This Thiswas wasa avery verysad sad state stateofofaffairs affairsand andI was I wastouched touchedbybytheir theirplight. plight. Happily, Happily,access accesstotohealth healthcare carehas hasimproved improvedgreatly greatly and andthis thissystem systemnonolonger longerexists, exists,but butthat thatwas wasa a significant significantmotivator motivatorininmy mydecision decisiontotostudy study medicine; medicine;I wanted I wantedtotohelp helpsomehow. somehow.I believe I believeinin human humandignity dignityand andthat thatallallpeople peopledeserve deservequality quality health health care care noChoir no matter matter what what their their socio-economic socio-economic Wits Wits RHI RHIChoir

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status, status,and andregardless regardlessofoftheir theirtraditional traditionaland and religious religious beliefs. beliefs. Tell Tell usus about about your your first first job? job? Like Likeallalldoctors doctorsI Istarted startedasasananintern. intern.I Idid didmy my internship internshipatatTambo TamboMemorial MemorialHospital Hospitalininthe theEast East Rand. Rand. I enjoyed I enjoyed my my internship internship and and there there isn’t isn’t much much toto say say about about that that except except that that we we were, were, luckily luckily forfor us,us, the the last lastgroup grouptotobebeinterns internsforforonly onlya ayear yearasasinternship internship became became a two-year a two-year programme programme the the following following year! year!


maternity cases cases forfor transportation transportation toto health health facilities. facilities. How Howlong longhave haveyou youbeen beenwith withWits WitsRHI RHIand andwhat what maternity This Thisis isofofparticular particularsignificance significanceforforme, me,asasit itlinks linkstoto responsibilities responsibilities does does your your job job involve? involve? my myinitial initialmotivation motivationtotostudy studymedicine medicineand andmy my experienceswith withthe theissues issuesfacing facingpregnant pregnantrural rural I am I am still still the the new new kid kid onon the the block! block! My My responsibilities responsibilities experiences women. women. within withinthe theAdolescent AdolescentProgramme Programmeinclude includeputting putting together togetherinnovative innovativeideas ideasthat thatwill willimprove improvethe the Whatare arethe thebest bestand andmost mostchallenging challengingaspects aspectsofof quality qualityofoftreatment treatmentand andcare careforforadolescents adolescentsliving living What working working with with adolescents? adolescents? with with HIV HIV (ALHIV) (ALHIV) and and creating creating a replicable a replicable model model that that will will link link into into the the three three streams streams ofof PHC PHC re-engineering. re-engineering. youhave haveever evershared shareda ahouse housewith withananadolescent adolescent InInaddition additionI’m I’mresponsible responsibleforforpiloting pilotingthe themodel modelinin If Ifyou you know know the the challenging challenging aspects aspects soso I will I will spare spare you you two two regions, regions, collecting collecting data data and and conducting conducting you the thedetails. details.The Thebest bestaspect aspectofofworking workingwith with evidence-based evidence-based research research toto support support the the model. model. adolescents adolescentsis isthat thatthey theyhave havedynamic dynamicneeds, needs,ideas ideas andinterests; interests;you youhave havetotocontinuously continuouslyidentify identify What What would would you you like like toto achieve achieve during during your your time time with with and relevant, relevant, engaging engaging and and pertinent pertinent innovations innovations forfor Wits Wits RHI? RHI? them. them. I would I wouldlike liketotoachieve achievethe thethings thingsmentioned mentionedabove, above, What’s one one thing thing your your co-workers co-workers would would bebe and andhave havethe themodels modelsadopted adoptedforforroll-out roll-outand and What’s surprised toto know know about about you? you? replication replicationininallalldistricts. districts.I Iwould wouldlike liketotosee seea a surprised significant significantproportion proportionofofALHIV ALHIVreceiving receivingbetter better I ama abiker! biker!Gauteng Gautengis isnot notthe thebest bestspot spotforforthat that quality qualityofofcare, care,treatment treatmentand andsupport supportthrough throughthis this I am though. project project and and forfor them them toto have have a better a better quality quality ofof lifelife asas though. a aresult resultofofthe theproject projectthan thanthey theywould wouldhave havehad had How How dodo you you spend spend your your downtime? downtime? otherwise. otherwise. I love water water (pool, (pool, beach…). beach…). You You have have vast vast experience experience inin clinical clinical and and public public health health I love inin Africa Africa and and Europe. Europe. What What have have you you learnt learnt from from your your Which Which music music gets gets you you dancing? dancing? experiences? experiences? AnythingRihanna Rihannasings singsshould shoulddodothat. that.Dancing Dancingforfor I had I hadvery veryenriching enrichingexperiences experienceswith withthe thepublic public Anything me means means ‘shoulders ‘shoulders upwards’ upwards’ lol!lol! health healthsectors sectorslocally locallyasaswell wellasasininother otherAfrican African me countries countries(specifically (specificallyBotswana Botswanaand andNigeria) Nigeria)where where there thereare arefewer fewerhealth healthresources resourcesthan thanwe wehave haveinin South SouthAfrica Africabut butwhere wherethere thereis,is,ininsome someways, ways,more more efficient efficientmanagement. management.The TheEuropean Europeanset-up set-upis,is, however, however,completely completelydifferent. different.That Thatsaid, said,the theactual actual needs needsand andhealth healthcare carerequirements requirementsofofpatients, patients, particularly particularlyadolescents, adolescents,are arevery verysimilar similaracross acrossthe the board. board. Which Which ofof your your accomplishments accomplishments are are you you most most proud proud of? of? There Thereare area few a fewthat thatI can I canthink thinkof,of,but butthe theone onethat thatI I would wouldlike liketotomention mentionis isthat thatI initiated I initiatedthe thefirst first obstetrics obstetrics ambulance ambulance system system inin Mpumalanga, Mpumalanga, launched launchedbybythe thethen thenMEC MECforforHealth Healthinin2011. 2011.The The Mpumalanga Mpumalanga health health system system is is now now able able toto prioritise prioritise

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Know your Getting to know Annual Leave Policy Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme

2. Employees may not work for the company or any other employer during any period of annual leave. 3. Should the company close over the festive season in December, this will be regarded as annual leave.

In each issue of Wired we look at a key policy to we all understand what we need to do in Who isensure Memory? particular situations. This month we look at annual I hailleave. from the village of Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I An employee is entitled to at least: came to Johannesburg to study 1.medicine at Wits and Twenty-three (23) working days’ annual leave on stayedfullon.remuneration I am passionate in respect of each annual leave about cycle, the field HIV/AIDS, if the of employee is employed on a permanent particularly the prevention and full-time basis; or employed permanently on a part; Ifive-eighths have always (5/8)believed or six-eighths (6/8) basis for at least that the earlier young people four (4) days per week. are exposed to the right 2. Twelve (12) working days of annual leave on full education around SRH and HIV, remuneration if the employee is employed on a the better the outcomes for the part-time the basis for less than four (4) days healthpermanent system in reducing per burden ofweek. the disease. Coming from a rural background daySRH of annual myself,3.I One know(1)that topicsleave on full remuneration for every seventeen (17) days on which the employee and even HIV are not always worked or was topics. entitled to be paid if the employee is common household employed on a fixed-term contract for less than one year. What (1) motivated you to study medicine? 4. Employees who are categorised as senior entitled to twenty-five (25) When management I was younger are I noticed working women days annual that pregnant livingleave in on full remuneration in respect of each annual leave cycle. remote villages had no access

4. Where an employee falls sick during the annual leave period this will not constitute sick leave nor should these sick days be credited to the employee’s sick leave balance. 5. Any annual leave accrued to an employee that he/she has not taken shall be paid in cash upon termination of employment up to a maximum of fifteen (15) working days. If the termination of service was as a result of an operational requirement or incapacity due to ill health or a disability, the employee will be entitled to the payment of untaken accrued annual leave up to a maximum of twenty-six (26) working days. 6. The encashment of leave shall not be permitted. Procedure 1. Leave must be taken at a time which is mutually convenient to both the employee and the company and must be approved by the employee’s superior and/or line manager at least one month before leave is required. 2. Employees are able to apply for leave by using one of the following methods, as applicable: 2.1 HR Online system 2.2 Application for leave form (although we have transitioned to HR Online, the manual leave form remains for certain circumstances, to be advised by HR on an individual basis where appropriate)

to antenatal services were 5. Annual leaveand must be taken not later than six not able to get to the hospital months after the end of the annual leave cycle. early enough for help, especially emergencies. women would status,3. The andapplication regardlessforofleave their traditional andon the 6. Theinoverall maximumThese leave accumulation allowed must be in writing estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and religious beliefs. is twenty-six (26) working days; any leave accrued in Company’s leave application form which must be then camp the hospital grounds delivery. excessinof twenty-six (26) daysawaiting will be forfeited. authorised by the Head of Department. Once This often resulted in stays of up to three months in Tell usauthorised about yourthe firstoriginal job? ‘application for leave form’ Should accommodation, an employee wish to take barely7.adequate as they couldleave not for must be forwarded to the Payroll Department for religiousinto purposes, this willThis be was regarded annual be admitted the hospital. a veryassad Like all doctors and I started as an intern. I did my processing thereafter placed on the employee’s leave. state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East file. A duplicate copy must be returned to the Happily, access to health care has improved greatly Rand. I enjoyed my and there isn’t much to employee for internship record purposes. Constraints and this system no longer exists, but that was a say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the significant motivator in not my bedecision to study last group be interns for only aabout year as 1. Annual leave may taken during any other If youtohave any questions theinternship Annual Leave medicine; I wanted I believe in became a two-year the following period of leaveto to help whichsomehow. the employee is entitled in Policy, contactprogramme your HR business partner.year! humanterms dignity andBasic thatConditions all peopleofdeserve qualityAct or of the Employment health care no matter whatoftheir socio-economic Witsany RHI Choir period of notice termination of employment. Wits RHI Choir

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Awards Awardsand andappointments appointments

maternity cases for transportation to health facilities. This is of particular significance for me, as it links to my initial motivation to study medicine and my experiencesand with the issues facing pregnant rural RHI the applauds theon following employees on their new appointments awards: IWits am still new kid the block! My responsibilities Wits RHI applauds the following employees on their new appointments and awards: women. within the Adolescent Programme include putting Awards innovative ideas that will improve the together Awards quality of treatment and care for adolescents living What are the best and most challenging aspects of Dr Vivian Black, Director of Clinical Programmes, awarded thewith Professor Martin Taylor Prize for outstanding working adolescents? with HIV (ALHIV) creating a replicable model was that Dr Vivian Black, and Director of Clinical Programmes, was awarded the Professor Martin Taylor Prize for outstanding performance in the MSc Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2011-2012. will link into the three streams of PHC re-engineering. performance in the MSc Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2011-2012. In addition I’m responsible for piloting the model in If you have ever shared a house with an adolescent Ellen Crabtree, Communications Manager, was joint winner of the Award of Excellence in Sociology Master’s Degree for know theofchallenging so Master’s I will spare youfor Ellenregions, Crabtree, Communications was joint winneryou of the Award Excellence inaspects Sociology Degree two collectingin Sociology, dataManager, and Outstanding Achievement Witsconducting University, 2013. Outstanding Achievement in Sociology, Wits University, 2013. the details. The best aspect of working with evidence-based research to support the model. adolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas Appointments Appointments What would you like to achieve during your time with and interests; you have to continuously identify relevant, engaging pertinent innovations for Wits RHI? Nhemachena, Clinic Manager: Harriet Shezi Children’s Dr Daniel Clinic and Hillbrow and Community Health Centre, has been Dr Daniel Nhemachena, Clinic Manager: Harriet Shezi Children’s Clinic and Hillbrow Community Health Centre, has been them. appointed to the board of Health-e. appointed to the board of Health-e. I would like to achieve the things mentioned above, Health-e is South Africa’s award-winning news service news and in-depth analysis the What’s oneproducing thing your co-workers wouldforbe and have adopted for dedicated roll-out health and Health-e is the Southmodels Africa’s award-winning dedicated health news service producing news and in-depth analysis for the country’s print and television media. replication in all would like to see a surprised to know about you? country’s print anddistricts. television Imedia. significant proportion of ALHIV receiving better Its particular focus is HIV/AIDS, public health and issues regarding policy and is practice in South Africa.for Health-e I am a health biker! not the that quality of care, treatment andpublic support through this regarding Its particular focus is HIV/AIDS, health and issues healthGauteng policy and practice inbest Southspot Africa. Health-e provides print features for newspapers and magazines, broadcast packages for national and community radio stations though.packages for national and community radio stations provides print for newspapers and magazines, broadcast project and for features them to have a better quality of and life as and TV documentaries broadcasted on SABC, E-TV M-Net. TV documentaries SABC,have E-TV and a and result of the projectbroadcasted than they on would hadM-Net. How do you spend your downtime? otherwise. Congratulations to Viv, Ellen and Dan! How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities does your job involve?

Congratulations to Viv, Ellen and Dan!

You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…).

I had very enriching experiences with the public health sectors locally as well as in other African countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board.

Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol!

Which music gets you dancing?

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health system is now able to prioritise

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New Appointees Getting to know Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme Who isName Memory? February

I hail Gloria fromMatunde the village of Letlogonolo Motlhe Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I Manoto came Gaopelwe to Johannesburg to study Viola medicine at Wits and Mashigo stayedThandiwe on. I am passionate Hansie about Mbuyiseni the fieldMalinga of HIV/AIDS, particularly the prevention Khotso Choma part; ISlindile have Mdletshe always believed that the earlier young people Bontle Manyama are exposed to the right Harvey Bayana education around SRH and HIV, Violet Monareng the better the outcomes for the Moeketsi Thebe health Nthabiseng system in Mosia reducing the burdenVictoria of theDyker disease. Coming from Nonkululeko a rural Malindi background myself,Keith I know that SRH topics Pursey and even HIV are not always Kesebone Makhala common household topics. Mapula Manyama Robyn Eakle

What motivated you to study Annet Nyapholi medicine? Bafana Gxubane March

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Data Capturer – Intern Data Capturer – Intern

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When I was younger I noticed Vincent Lau-Chan Monitoring & Evaluation – Gauteng (Ward 21) Project Manager: Mhealth that pregnant women living in Nokuthula Makoba Sex Worker Project – Gauteng (Esselen Clinic) PHC Nurse: Sex Worker Project remote villages had no access Dr Memory Mutukiri Adolescent Programme – HSB Technical Head: Adolescent to antenatal services and were Programme not able to getNhlapho to the hospital Dikeledi Research – Research Centre Research Nurse early enough for help, especially in emergencies. These women would status, and regardless of their traditional and estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and religious beliefs. then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. This often resulted in stays of up to three months in Tell us about your first job? barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Happily, access to health care has improved greatly Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to and this system no longer exists, but that was a say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the significant motivator in my decision to study last group to be interns for only a year as internship medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in became a two-year programme the following year! human dignity and that all people deserve quality health no matter what their socio-economic Witscare RHI Choir

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maternity cases for transportation to health facilities. This is of particular significance for me, as it links to 702 WALK THE TALK 2013! my initial motivation to study medicine and my I am still the new kid on the block! My responsibilities experiences with the issues facing pregnant rural within the Adolescent Programme include putting women. together innovative ideas that will improve the quality of treatment and care for adolescents living What are the best and most challenging aspects of with HIV (ALHIV) and creating a replicable model that working with adolescents? will link into the three streams of PHC re-engineering. In addition I’m responsible for piloting the model in If you have ever shared a house with an adolescent two regions, collecting data and conducting you know the challenging aspects so I will spare you the details. The best aspect of working with evidence-based research to support the model. adolescents is that they have dynamic needs, ideas What would you like to achieve during your time with and interests; you have to continuously identify relevant, engaging and pertinent innovations for Wits RHI? them. I would like to achieve the things mentioned above, and have the models adopted for roll-out and What’s one thing your co-workers would be replication in all districts. I would like to see a surprised to know about you? significant proportion of ALHIV receiving better quality of care, treatment and support through this I am a biker! Gauteng is not the best spot for that project and for them to have a better quality of life as though. a result of the project than they would have had How do you spend your downtime? otherwise. How long have you been with Wits RHI and what responsibilities your job involve? LACE does UP FOR THE DISCOVERY

You have vast experience in clinical and public health in Africa and Europe. What have you learnt from your experiences?

I love water (pool, beach…).

I had very enriching experiences with the public health sectors locally as well as in other African countries (specifically Botswana and Nigeria) where there are fewer health resources than we have in South Africa but where there is, in some ways, more efficient management. The European set-up is, however, completely different. That said, the actual needs and health care requirements of patients, particularly adolescents, are very similar across the board.

Anything Rihanna sings should do that. Dancing for me means ‘shoulders upwards’ lol!

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Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? There are a few that I can think of, but the one that I would like to mention is that I initiated the first obstetrics ambulance system in Mpumalanga, launched by the then MEC for Health in 2011. The Mpumalanga health Pre-entries nowsystem openis,now able to prioritise

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Getting to know Dr Memory Muturiki, Technical Head: Adolescent Programme Who is Memory? I hail from the village of Siloame in Nzhelele, Limpopo. I came to Johannesburg to study medicine at Wits and stayed on. I am passionate about the field of HIV/AIDS, particularly the prevention part; I have always believed that the earlier young people are exposed to the right education around SRH and HIV, the better the outcomes for the health system in reducing the burden of the disease. Coming from a rural background myself, I know that SRH topics and even HIV are not always common household topics. What motivated you to study medicine? When I was younger I noticed that pregnant women living in remote villages had no access to antenatal services and were not able to get to the hospital early enough for help, especially in emergencies. These women would estimate their due dates, very often inaccurately, and then camp in the hospital grounds awaiting delivery. This often resulted in stays of up to three months in barely adequate accommodation, as they could not be admitted into the hospital. This was a very sad state of affairs and I was touched by their plight. Happily, access to health care has improved greatly and this system no longer exists, but that was a significant motivator in my decision to study medicine; I wanted to help somehow. I believe in human dignity and that all people deserve quality health no matter what their socio-economic Witscare RHI Choir

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status, and regardless of their traditional and religious beliefs. Tell us about your first job? Like all doctors I started as an intern. I did my internship at Tambo Memorial Hospital in the East Rand. I enjoyed my internship and there isn’t much to say about that except that we were, luckily for us, the last group to be interns for only a year as internship became a two-year programme the following year!

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