Kirsten Arendse

Name: Kirsten Arendse
Country: South Africa
Job and qualifications: Medical Doctor and Medical Research Manager (MSF Khayelitsha). MBCHB and MPH
Summary: She is currently managing an HIV programme in Khayelitsha. The project involves piloting a differentiated service delivery model to support people who return to care after a period of anti-retroviral treatment interruption. As part of the project they are conducting two operational research studies to determine the potential impact the pilot has on patients’ and staff outcomes, including:

  1. Quantitative analysis to determine if there is a change in retention and care and viral load suppression amongst patients accessing the service (compared to routine care at other facilities), and
  2. Qualitative analysis to explore staff and patient perceptions of ART interruption and engagement before and after implementation of the pilot
    Proposed output(s): Submit 1-2 manuscripts based on the quantitative analysis of this PHC data, developing research question and translating that into the analysis. Timeline: end of November. Would also like to submit abstracts on both (SAAIDS).
    Mentor: Dr Fareed Abdullah (SAMRC)
Kirsten Arendse, Medical Doctor and Medical Research Manager (MSF Khayelitsha)