The IAVI e-Fellowship Programme

An innovative online capacity-building programme for African researchers and academics focused on adolescent health, HIV and TB. A structured virtual programme centred on remote mentorship with experts in the field.

Public Health Research

HIV/TB Adolescent Research

Implementation & Writing Skills

Meet The Mentors

These are the academics who will be assisting and guiding fellows during their tenure.

Current Mentors

Anastasia (Tasha) Koch

Anastasia (Tasha) Koch is a biomedical researcher and completed her doctoral training under Profs Digby Warner and Valerie Mizrahi (IDM, UCT) in 2015. Following this,

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Current Mentors

Christina Laurenzi

Dr Laurenzi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Life Course Health Research at Stellenbosch University. In her work, she focuses on building

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Current Mentors

Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates joined the Accelerate Hub in January 2021 as the Strategic Advocacy Lead. Rachel works with the Hub Directors, researchers, and policy colleagues to

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Current Mentors

Jane Ferguson

Jane Ferguson is currently employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as the Director, Healthy Adolescents and Young Adults (HAYA), based at

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Meet The eFellows 2022

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eFellows 2022

Taurai Ndemere

Name: Taurai NdemereCountry: ZimbabweJob and qualifications: Social Worker, Master of Public Health specialising in Social and Behavioural SciencesSummary: Taurai is a Public Health Social Worker

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eFellows 2022

Tariro Chawana

Name: Tariro ChawanaCountry: ZimbabweJob and qualifications: Medical Doctor and lecturer at Department of Clinical Pharmacology, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. MBChB, MSc Clinical

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eFellows 2022

Rachel Mbuyamba

Name: Rachel MbuyambaCountry: Democratic Republic of Congo (SA based)Job and qualifications: Research Assistant, Stellenbosch University. MPhil in Health Systems and Public HealthSummary: Rachel is interested

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eFellows 2022

Nandipha Jacobs

Name: Nandipha JacobsCountry: South AfricaJob and qualifications: Project Manager: EThekwini District: Unfinished Business for Paediatric and Adolescent HIV in KZN. Master of Arts (Child and

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Meet the previous fellows 2016 - 2021

eFellows 2020 - 2021

Sonto Gugu Madonsela

Name: Sonto Gugu MadonselaCountry: South AfricaJob and highest qualification: Psychologist, MA Psychology (Psychology and International Relations)Summary: Mentorship required for conceptualising a PhD research proposal. Sonto

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eFellows 2020 - 2021

Muchenta Bhondai Mhuri

Name: Muchenta Bhondai MhuriCountry: Zimbabwe,Job and highest qualification: Medical Doctor, MBChBSummary: Has research interests and is currently working on a Master’s. Muchaneta has a strong

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eFellows 2020 - 2021

Ivana Beesham

Name: Ivana BeeshamCountry: South AfricaJob and highest qualification: Clinician, MBChB (Medicine and Surgery)Summary: Medical doctor currently enrolled in 2nd year PhD focusing on oral integration

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eFellows 2020 - 2021

Sharon Owour

Name: Sharon OwourCountry: KenyaJob and highest qualification: Research Scientist, MA BiotechnologySummary: Currently working at Kenyan Medical Research Institute. Has clear outputs in mind: skills in

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2019 IAVI Fellows

Dr. Jeanne Armanda Nangmo

Armanda had difficulty attaining a visa . After following up with the Embassy it is expected soon. In April 2019 co-authored a publication in the

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2019 IAVI Fellows

Dr. Anita Kabarambi

Anita collected the data and analysed data with the help of a biostatistian for her project where she is assessing the ART Drug Switches in

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2019 IAVI Fellows

Raylene Titus

An extension was given to Raylene for her fellowship for an additional month till June 30th and there maybe be an additional extension beyond this

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2018 IAVI Fellows

Janine Clayton- 3 month IAVI Fellow

Janine Clayton, a Clinical Psychologist and Programme Specialist from South Africa, worked on several projects during her 3 month fellowship. She worked with Socio-behavioural Scientist,

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2018 IAVI Fellows

Azia Ivo Nchendia

Azia Ivo Nchendia is a Public Health Master Graduate from Cameroon, who has completed his 6 month IAVI Fellowship. He is currently working on a

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2018 IAVI Fellows

Dr. Desire Habonimana

Dr. Desire Habonimana, a Medical Doctor and Epidemiologist from Burundi, completed his 3 month IAVI Fellowship. He worked with Socio-behavioral Scientist, Project Lead and Head

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2018 IAVI Fellows

Dr. Brenda Oulo

Dr. Brenda Oulo, Medical Doctor, Epidemiologist and Biostatistician from Kenya, is this year’s 12 month IAVI Fellow. She has been working on two projects at

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2017 IAVI Fellows

Abdulmumin Ibrahim

Abdulmumin Ibrahim, was a 3 month IAVI Fellow from Nigeria. Abdulmumin was mentored by Dr. Katherine Gill and Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker Abdul investigated the prevalence

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2017 IAVI Fellows

Sicily Mburu

Sicily Mburu, was a 3 month IAVI Fellow from Kenya, who was part of the 2017 cohort. She was mentored by Socio-behavioral Scientist, Elzette Rousseau-Jemwa,

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2017 IAVI Fellows

Dr. Robina Momanyi

Dr. Robina Momanyi, from Kenya, completed her 3 month IAVI Fellowship in 2017. Robina was mentored by Socio-behavioral Scientist, Dr Millicent Atujuna. She was assigned

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2017 IAVI Fellows

Ndumiso Madubela

Ndumiso Madubela was the 2017 12 month IAVI Fellow, from South Africa. He was mentored by Philip Smith and Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker. Ndumiso worked as

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2016 IAVI Fellows

Tapiwa Tembo

Tapiwa’s task was to assist her mentor, Laura Myers, with a study called ‘Girl Power- Evaluating a Combination HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health

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2016 IAVI Fellows

Lydia Atambo

Lydia Atambo, was 3 month IAVI Fellow from Kenya. She joined Dr. Millicent Atajuna and assisted with qualitative data for HIV-R4P and guidance on how

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2016 IAVI Fellows

Yunia Mayaja

Yunia Mayaja, joined the Desmond Tutu HIIV Foundation as a 3 month IAVI Fellow in 2016, from Uganda. She worked with her mentor Dr. Rebecca

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2016 IAVI Fellows

Reuben Silungwe

Reuben Silungwe, was a 3 month IAVI Fellow from Zambia. He worked on a literature review focused on the barriers of a transitioning HIV-positive paediatric

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Our Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions we have received from prospective fellows in the past.

Dr. John Smith — Founder & CEO.

How do I get assigned to a project and a mentor?

Your first meeting with Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker will help determine the assignment of your mentor, project and project outcomes. Before your arrival, it is encouraged to engage in the recommended reading that will give you a better understanding of adolescent research and the type of work the DTHFdoes. As part of the IAVI Fellowship selection process, the panel will consider candidates who would complement and enhance upcoming and running projects, based on the Fellows’ stated interest, experience and qualifications. The type of projects that past Fellows have worked on include:

♦ Clinical Trials (with partners such as HIV Vaccine Trials Network, International Partnership for Microbicides, Microbicide Trial Network, HIV Prevention Trials Network)
♦ Implementation Science
♦ Epidemiologic and qualitative research investigations into the fundamental drivers of disease

What is an average day like during my fellowship?

At DTHF, our working hours are from 8am-5pm with a 1-hour lunch break. You are to discuss all project outcomes with your mentor and create a project plan of how you are to achieve your project outcomes before the end of your Fellowship. If you don’t plan to be on-site for a full day as you will be working from another location or if you fall ill and/or need to leave site early for an appointment or in case of an emergency please advise both your IAVI Mentor and your IAVI Programme Administrator. Communication is key!

At the beginning and at the end of each working day, please check-in and out with your mentor and the IAVI Programme Administrator.

Are flights apart of the IAVI fellowship package?

Yes, DTHF will cover return flights from your home country to Cape Town as part of your IAVI Fellowship offer. Before your flights can be booked, you need to apply for your visa if your home country is not South Africa. Unfortunately, DTHF and IAVI are not in a position to help you with your visa application or to advise you on which visa would be best for you. We will however equip you with any documentation you may need, such as; an itinerary, a letter confirming your accommodation during your Fellowship, your award letter and a letter to the South African Embassy stating the terms of your Fellowship.

Your flights to Cape Town need to be booked 48 hours after your visa is approved. Your IAVI Programme Administrator will arrange this booking for you and will send through your confirmed travel arrangements. Requests for specific travel arrangements need the approval of your Programme Manager or Principle Investigator. Typically, we will attempt to have you travel the weekend before the first week of your Fellowship or two days before your Fellowship is to begin. This will allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your surroundings before your Fellowship is scheduled to begin.

Please note that DTHF is unable to cover airport transfer from your home to the airport in your home country and from the airport in your home country back to your home. DTHF will however cover costs for your airport transfer upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport and your departure from Cape Town International Airport.

What fellows have to say

‘I really enjoyed the Biostatistical components of the study design process which is a departure from my clinical background and one of the major reasons that I took up the fellowship.’
Dr. Brenda Oulo
Medical Doctor
‘I realized HIV research is about telling people’s stories. One may ask, is it not about publishing and progressing in academia? That is part of it - but it’s worth remembering that we are dealing with real-life people.’
Pancho Mulongeni
PhD-candidate
‘It was a challenging and exciting experience but the support of the different supervisors, mentors and staff were helpful. It added value to my work with key populations in Zambia.’
Reuben Silungwe
Student
‘I gained knowledge and skills in working with adolescents in research. I found that the strategies used at the DTHF adolescent research clinic help improve retention in this age group.’
Yunia Mayaja
Researcher