Introducing the 2018-2019 Tutu PhD Candidate: Tracey Naledi

The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation are delighted to announce the 2018-19 Tutu PhD Candidate, Tracey Naledi MBChB, FCPHM.

Tracey is a public health specialist with 17 years experience in the public health and NGO sectors in South Africa and Botswana.   She has worked in the area of HIV and AIDS, health system strengthening, social determinants and wellness.   Among other prestigious voluntary positions in the public health arena she is a newly elected member of the Council for Public Health Medicine of the College of Medicine of South Africa.

Her PhD research will investigate the impact of an HIV combination prevention package that includes cash transfers, on HIV infection and the wellbeing of young urban women from the Klipfontein/Mitchell’s Plain area in Cape Town.   This project is one of two national pilots funded by the Global Fund through the SA National AIDS Council and is already in research under Professor Linda-Gail Bekker.

The project Naledi will be evaluating is entitled Women of Worth – a social-protection plus empowerment programme for young women.   Ultimately she would like her research to provide pointers on how such HIV combination programmes could be made more appropriate, effective and sustainable in the context of low income communities.

Please join us in congratulating Tracey.