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Women's Health Research Unit - WHRU

  • About Us



    Director of Research Unit:  Dr Deborah Constant BSc(Physio) BSc(Hons) MSc(Med) MPH PhD Cape Town

    Welcome to the Women's Health Research Unit

    The Women's Health Research Unit (WHRU) was established in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT  in 1996. The overall aim of the Unit is to improve the health of women through research that informs policy and practice. It acts as a multidisciplinary centre for women's health research in South Africa focusing on high priority women's health, and gender and health issues. The Unit's main activities include: Research; Health service support; Teaching; Social responsiveness and Advocacy.

    The WHRU collaborates with departments and organisations within the University and with other Universities and national and international NGO's and research organisations. The Unit's research is structured according to high priority areas identified by the government and in keeping with international trends: HIV/AIDS; health systems research: reproductive health; abortion; female cancers and contraception. Its links with the National, Provincial and Local Departments of Health ensures that our research is relevant and contributes to health policy development and program implementation.

    The WHRU produced a Booklet entitled "Body Mapping: to explore the embodied experiences of contraceptive methods and family planning with women in South Africa" from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award.  It showcases study participants ' body maps. 

    Please take some time to explore the information in our webpage.  You can find information on our areas of research interest and recent publications.


    Contact Information:

    Women's Health Research Unit
    School Public Health and Family Medicine
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Cape Town
    South Africa

  • Research Activities

    The Women's Health Research Unit has structured its research according to high priority areas identified by the government and in keeping with international trends. It subscribes to the Essential National Health Research philosophy. The current and past research activities can be categorized according to the main themes listed below.

    • HIV/AIDS and reproductive health
    • Health systems research: reproductive health
    • Termination of pregnancy (TOP)
    • Female cancers
    • Contraception
  • Policy and Service Development

    The WHRU has established a model of work that is consultative and socially responsive and at the same time scientifically rigorous. It has strong links with government departments, including the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Provincial and National Departments of Health and communities and non-governmental and civil society organisations.


    We collaborate with these various departments on reproductive health policy issues, health systems research, program monitoring, evaluation and implementation and training of health personnel.

    Our links with the health services ensure that the work of the Unit is anchored in current health and health care realities, and facilitates the translation of research into policy and practice.

    Policy documents we have contributed to:

    National Cervical Cancer Control Policy (currently being finalized)

    • Western Cape Provincial Policy and Standardised Guidelines and Protocols on the Termination of Pregnancy Services (2010)
    • Western Cape Cervical Cancer Screening & Colposcopy Services Provincial Policy and Guidelines (2009)
    • Draft National Policy for conscientious objection in the implementation of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 (2007)

    Social Responsiveness and Advocacy


    A wide range of social responsiveness activities have been achieved by the Women's Health Research Unit. Members of the Unit have been active in researching and advocating for development and implementation of policies and programs that improve the health of women (e.g. cervical cancer screening, termination of pregnancy, contraceptive guidelines). Information on women's health has been provided through written and verbal communications, with a wide range of professionals, researchers and activists in women's health. Research reports and policy briefs on the Unit's research findings have been widely distributed.

  • Links

    Collaborative links exist within South Africa and internationally with other research and teaching departments as well as institutions and organisations working in the area of women's or reproductive health. The unit also has strong collaborative links with service providers in the different authorities in the Western Cape.


    Research Institutions and Universities


    Networks, Consortiums and Associations


    International Organisations



  • Staff

    Deborah ConstantSenior Research Officer and Director


    Email:  Deborah.Constant@uct.ac.za

    Phone:  021 406 6722



    Deborah Constant completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Cape Town in 2016, and was awarded ad hominem promotion to Senior Researcher in 2017. She is currently Director of the Women’s Health Research Unit, School of Public Health at the University of Cape Town, where she has worked since 2002. Her main research interests are in the field of sexual and reproductive health and female cancers, and her research is aimed at influencing policy, improving service delivery, and strengthening women’s autonomy with respect to their reproductive health. She is predominantly a quantitative researcher with strong biostatistical skills, and has designed, raised funding for and led numbers of randomized controlled trials as well as observational studies. She has published 38 peer reviewed articles, mostly in international journals. She teaches at post graduate level in the MPH degree offered by the University of Cape Town School of Public Health and Family Medicine, and has supervised masters and co-supervised doctoral students.

    Jennifer Moodley, Professor


    Email:  Jennifer.Moodley@uct.ac.za

    Phone:  021 650 5489




    Professor Jennifer Moodley is a is a Public Health Medicine physician with expertise in health systems research, epidemiology and public policy development. She is the current Director of the Faculty of Health Sciences Cancer Research Initiative, having been appointed in 2013 to lead the development of a comprehensive, integrated cancer research program, promote collaborative partnerships and support the translation of cancer research into a clinical and public health benefit. Jennifer has worked at the Women’s Health Research Unit for many years. Her main research interests are in the field of female cancers, understanding pathways to cancer care and improving the timely diagnosis of cancer.

    Margit Endler, Senior Lecturer



    Email:  margit.endler@gmail.com





    Margit Endler M.D. PhD, is a Swedish obstetrician/gynecologist and researcher in the field of global maternal health. Her research focuses on postpartum hemorrhage as well as advancing safe abortion and contraceptive care. A main interest is researching and implementing abortion through telemedicine in Africa, the aim a large clinical trial that she is conducting. She is also a consultant at the department of Obstetrics at Söder Hospital in Stockholm, a postdoc researcher at the Department of Women and Children´s Health at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and an adjunct member of the FIGO Committee on human rights, refugees and violence against women. She has worked as a clinician or researcher in Sweden, Kenya, Haiti, Poland and South Africa.

    Honorary Professors

    Naeemah Abrahams
    Diane Cooper
    Chelsea Morroni

    Honorary Associate Professor

    Catherine Mathews

    Emeritus Associate Professor

    Margaret Hoffman

    Honorary Research Associate

    Jane Harries



    Email:  Jane.Harries@uct.ac.za







    Jane Harries is a past Director and Associate Professor in the Women’s Health Research Unit and currently an Honorary Research Associate in the Unit in the School of Public Health at the University of Cape Town. She has led a core team of researchers, research assistants, administrators and post graduate students. Her research expertise lies across the broad spectrum of sexual and reproductive health and rights and includes randomised controlled trials, clinical trials, cohort studies and qualitative research studies. Jane has been successful in collaborating both nationally, regionally and internationally. The research generated is often translational with direct advocacy to improving policy and practice in sexual and reproductive health and gender health issues.  Jane continues to enjoy a high international standing in the field of sexual and reproductive health with a focus on abortion and unplanned pregnancies and was awarded an ad hominem promotion by the University of Cape Town based on the recognition of her contribution to women’s sexual and reproductive health both nationally and internationally.  Jane was a recipient in 2017 of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges award for a study titled: A multidimensional approach to inform family planning needs, preferences and behaviours amongst women in South Africa.

  • Publications

    • Journal articles

    • Booklet

    • Reports

  • Journal articles


    • Constant D, Kluge J, Harries J, Grossman D. An analysis of delays among women accessing second-trimester abortion in the public sector in South Africa. (2019) Contraception,
    • Moodley J, Constant D, Botha MH, van der Merwe FH, Edwards A, Momberg M. (2019). Exploring the feasibility of using mobile phones to improve the management of clients with cervical cancer precursor lesions. BMC Womens Health, 19 (1), 2.
    • Saidu R, Moodley J, Tergas A, Momberg M,  Boa R, Wright T, Campbell S, Svanholm Barrie C, Persing D, Kuhn L,  Denny L. (2019). South African women’s perspectives on Self-Sampling for cervical cancer screening: A mixed-method study. South Afr Med J, 109 (1), 47-52.
    • Van der Heijden, I.,  Harries, J. & Abrahams, N. (2019). In pursuit of intimacy: disability stigma, womanhood and intimate partnerships in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 21(3), 338-351.
    • van der Heijden I, Harries J Abrahams N. (2019). Ethical considerations for disability-inclusive gender-based violence research: Reflections from a South African qualitative case study, Global Public Health14(5), 737-749.
    • van Schalkwyk C, Moodley J, Welte A, Johnson LF. (2019). Are associations between HIV and human papillomavirus transmission due to behavioural confounding or biological effects? Sexually Transmitted Infections 95(2),122-128.



    • Moodley J, Walter FM, Scott SE. Makwa AM. (2018). Toward timely diagnosis of symptomatic breast and cervical cancer in South Africa. S Afr Med J108(10), 803-804.
    • Attipoe-Dorcoo, Singh V, Moodley J. (2018). A content analysis of online news media reporting on the human papillomavirus vaccination program in South Africa. SAJGO; 0(0),1–6.
    • Pitcher S, Adams T, van Wijk LA, Fakie N, Saidu R, Denny L, Moodley J. (2018). Holistic sexuality post gynaecological cancer treatment: A review of recent literatureS. Afr. j. Oncol. 2(0), a40.
    • Oodit R, Ljungqvist O, Moodley J. (2018). Can an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program improve colorectal cancer outcomes in South Africa? South African Journal of Surgery, 56(1):8-11.
    • Stewart TS, Moodley J, Walter FM. (2018). Population risk factors for late-stage presentation of cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer Epidemiol. Jan 31;53:81-92. 
    • Wood, J.M., Harries, J., Kalichman, M., Kalichman, S., Nkoko, K. & Mathews, C. (2018). Exploring motivation to notify and barriers to partner notification of sexually transmitted infections in South Africa: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 18, 980.
    • Galárraga O, Harries J, Maughan-Brown B, Cooper D, Short S, Lurie, M, Harrison A. (2018) The Empower Nudge lottery to increase dual protection use: A proof-of-concept randomised pilot trial in South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters, 26:52.
    • Lince-Deroche N, Constant D, Harries J, Kluge J, Blanchard K, Sinanovic E, Grossman D. (2018) The costs and cost effectiveness of providing second-trimester medical and surgical safe abortion services in Western Cape Province, South Africa. PLoS One. Jun 28;13(6):e0197485.
    • Bobrow, K., Farmer, A., Cishe, N., Nwagi, N., Namane, M., Brennan, T.P., Springer, D., Tarassenko, L. & Levitt, N. (2018) Using the Medical Research Council framework for development and evaluation of complex interventions in a low resource setting to develop a theory-based treatment support intervention delivered via SMS text message to improve blood pressure control. BMC Health Services Research, 18 (1), 33.
    • Kapp, N., Blanchard, K., Coast, E., Ganatra, B., Harries, J., Footman, K., Moore, A., Owolabi, O., Rossier, C., Shellenberg, K. & Wahlin, B. (2018) Developing a forward-looking agenda and methodologies for research of self-use of medical abortion. Contraception, 97 (2), 184-188.
    • Lince-Deroche, N., Harries, J., Constant D, Morroni C, Pleaner M, Fetters T, Grossman D, Blanchard K & Sinanovic E. (2018) Doing more for less: identifying opportunities to expand public sector access to safe abortion in South Africa through budget impact analysis. Contraception, 97 (2), 167-176.
    • Moodley, J., Cairncross, L., Naiker, T. & Constant D. (2018) From symptom discovery to treatment - women's pathways to breast cancer care: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer, 18 (1), 312.



    • Adeagbo, O., Mullick, S., Pillay, D., Chersich, M., Morroni, C., Naidoo, N., Pleaner, M., & Rees, H. (2017) Uptake and early removals of Implanon NXT in South Africa: perceptions and attitudes of healthcare workers. South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), 822-826.
    • Bai, D., Leu, C.S., Mantell, J.E., Exner, T.M., Cooper, D., Hoffman, S., Kelvin, E.A., Myer, L., Constant, D. & Moodley, J. (2017) An approach to developing a prediction model of fertility intent among HIV-positive women and men in Cape Town, South Africa: a case study. AIDS and Behavior, 21 (2), 597-609.
    • Constant, D., Harries, J., Daskilewicz, K., Myer, L. & Gemzell-Danielsson, K. (2017) Is self-assessment of medical abortion using a low-sensitivity pregnancy test combined with a checklist and phone text messages feasible in South African primary healthcare settings? A randomized trial. PLoS One, 12 (6), e0179600.
    • Constant, D., Harries, J., Moodley, J. & Myer, L. (2017) Accuracy of gestational age estimation from last menstrual period among women seeking abortion in South Africa, with a view to task sharing: a mixed methods study. Reproductive Health, 14 (1), 100.
    • Davies, N. E., Matthews, L. T., Crankshaw, T. L., Cooper, D. & Schwartz, S. R. (2017) Supporting HIV prevention and reproductive goals in an HIV‐endemic setting: taking safer conception services from policy to practice in South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20 (Suppl1), 21271.
    • Gerdts, C., Raifman, S., Daskilewicz, K., Momberg, M., Roberts, S. & Harries, J. (2017) Women’s experiences seeking informal sector abortion services in Cape Town, South Africa: a descriptive study. BMC Women's Health, 17 (95), 1-10.
    • Mantell, J.E., Cooper, D., Exner, T.M., Moodley, J., Hoffman, S., Myer, L., Leu, C.S., Bai, D., Kelvin, E.A., Jennings, K., Stein, Z.A., Constant, D., Zweigenthal, V., Cishe, N. & Nywagi, N. (2017) Emtonjeni- a structural intervention to integrate sexual and reproductive health into public sector HIV care in Cape Town, South Africa: results of a phase II study. AIDS Behaviour, 21 (3), 905-922.
    • Momberg, M., Botha, M. H., Van der Merwe, F. H., & Moodley, J. (2017) Women's experiences with cervical cancer screening in a colposcopy referral clinic in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative analysis. BMJ Open, 7 (2), e013914.
    • Patel, R., Morroni, C., Scarsi, K., Sripipatana, T., Kiarie, J. & Cohen, C.R. (2017) Concomitant contraceptive implant and efavirenz use in HIV-positive women: perspectives on current evidence and policy implications for family planning and HIV treatment guidelines.  Journal of the International Aids Society, 20 (1), 21396.
    • Pillay, D., Chersich, M., Morroni, C., Pleaner, M., Adeagbo, O., Naidoo, N., Mullick, S., & Rees, H. (2017) User perspectives on Implanon NXT in South Africa: a survey of 12 public-sector facilities. South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), 815-821.
    • Pillay, D., Morroni, C., Pleaner, M., Adeagbo, O., Chersich, M., Naidoo, N., Mullick, S., & Rees, H. (2017) Gaps in monitoring systems for Implanon NXT services in South Africa: An assessment of 12 facilities in two districts. South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), 827-831.
    • Pleaner, M., Morroni, C., Smit, J., Lince-Deroche, N., Chersich, M., Mullick, S., Pillay, D., Makua, M., & Rees, H. (2017) Lessons learnt from the introduction of the contraceptive implant in South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 107 (11), 933-938.
    • Sullivan, M. E., Harrison, A., Harries, J., Sicwebu, N., Rosen, R. K., & Galárraga, O. (2017) Women's reproductive decision making and abortion experiences in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study. Health Care for Women International, 1-14.
    • Wasserman, S., Potgieter, S., Shoul, E., Constant, D., Stewart, A., Mendelson, M., & Boyles, T. (2017) South African medical students’ perceptions and knowledge about antibiotic resistance and appropriate prescribing: are we providing adequate training to future prescribers? South African Medical Journal, 107 (5), 405-410.


    • Constant, D., Harries, J., Malaba, T., Myer, L., Patel, M., Petro, G. & Grossman, D. (2016) Clinical outcomes and women’s experiences before and after the introduction of mifepristone into second-trimester medical abortion in South Africa, Plos One, 11 (9), e0161843.
    • Cooper, D., Harries, J., Moodley, J., Constant, D., Hodes, R., Mathews, C., Morroni, C. & Hoffman, M. (2016) Coming of age? Women's sexual and reproductive health after twenty-one years of democracy in South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters, 24 (48), 79-89.
    • Johnston, H.B., Ganatra, B., Nguyen, M.H., Habib, N., Afework, M.F., Harries, J., Iyengar, K., Moodley, J., Lema, H.Y., Constant, D. & Sen, S. (2016) Accuracy of assessment of eligibility for early medical abortion by community health workers in Ethiopia, India and South Africa. Plos One, 11 (1), e0146305.
    • Kriek, J.M., Jaumdally, S.Z., Masson, L., Little, F., Mbulwa, A., Gumbi, P.G., Barnabas, S., Moodley, J., Denny, L., Coetzee, D., Williamson, A-L. & Passmore, J.S. (2016) Female genital tract inflammation, HIV co-infection and persistent mucosal Human Papillomavirus infections. Virology, 493, 247-254.
    • Momberg, M., Harries, J. & Constant, D. (2016) Self-assessment of eligibility for early medical abortion using m-Health to calculate gestational age in Cape Town, South Africa: a feasibility pilot study. Reproductive Health, 13, 40-48.
    • Moodley, J., Cairncross, L., Naiker, T. & Momberg, M. (2016) Understanding pathways to breast cancer diagnosis among women in the Western Cape Province, South Africa: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. 6 (1), e009905.
    • Moodley, J., Stefan, D.C., Sewram, V., Ruff, P., Freeman, M. & Asante-Shongwe, K. (2016) An overview of cancer research in South African academic and research institutions, 2013-2014. South African Medical Journal, 106 (6), 607-610.
    • Van Der Heijden, I., Abrahams, N. & Harries, J. (2016) Additional layers of violence: the intersections of gender and disability in the violence experiences of women with physical disabilities in South Africa. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 1-22.


    • Brittain, K., Giddy, J., Myer, L., Cooper, D., Harries, J. & Stinson, K. (2015) Pregnant women’s experiences of male partner involvement in the context of prevention of mother-to-child transmission in Khayelitsha, South Africa. AIDS Care, 27 (8), 1020-1024.
    • Constant, D., de Tolly, K., Harries, J. & Myer, L. (2015) Assessment of completion of early medical abortion using a text questionnaire on mobile phones compared to a self-administered paper questionnaire among women attending four clinics, Cape Town, South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters, 22 (Suppl4), 83-93.
    • Cooper, D., Mantell, J.E., Moodley, J. & Mall, S. (2015) The HIV epidemic and sexual and reproductive health policy integration: views of South Africa policymakers. BMC Public Health, 15, 217-225.
    • De Jager, C.A., Joska, J.A., Hoffman, M., Borochowitz, K.E. & Combrinck, M.I. (2015) Dementia in rural South Africa: a pressing need for epidemiological studies. South African Medical Journal, 105 (30), 189-190.
    • Dreyer, G., van der Merwe, F.H., Botha, M.H., Snyman, L.C., Constant, D., Visser, C. & Harvey, J. (2015) School-based human papillomavirus vaccination: an opportunity to increase knowledge about cervical cancer and improve uptake of screening. South African Medical Journal, 105 (11), 912-916.
    • Harries, J., Gerdts, C., Momberg, M. & Foster, D.G. (2015) An exploratory study of what happens to women who are denied abortions in Cape Town, South Africa. Reproductive Health 12, 21-27.
    • Lince-Deroche, N., Constant, D., Harries, J., Blanchard, K., Sinanovic, E. & Grossman, D. (2015) The costs of accessing abortion in South Africa: women's costs associated with second-trimester abortion services in Western Cape Province. Contraception. 92 (4), 339-344.
    • Moodley, J., Singh, V., Kagina, B., Abdullahi, L. & Hussey, G. (2015) A bibliometric analysis of cancer research in South Africa: study protocol. BMJ Open, 5 (2), e006913.
    • Morroni, C., Bekker, L.G. & Rees, H. (2015) Contraceptive implants and efavirenz-based ART: friend or foe? The Lancet HIV, 2 (11), e454-455.
    • Stern, E., Pascoe, L., Shand, T., Richmond, S (2015). Lessons learned from engaging men in sexual and reproductive health as clients, partners and advocates of change in the Hoima district of Uganda. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 17 (supp2), 190-205.


    • Aaro, L.E., Mathews, C., Kaaya, S., Katahoire, A.R., Onya, H., Abraham, C. & de Vries, H. (2014). Promoting sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in southern and eastern Africa (PREPARE): project design and conceptual framework. BMC Public Health, 14, 54.
    • Chadwick, R.J., Cooper, D. & Harries, J. (2014) Narratives of distress about birth in South African public maternity settings. Midwifery, 30 (7), 862-868.
    • Constant, D., de Tolly, K., Harries, J. & Myer L. (2014) Mobile phone messages to provide support to women during the home phase of medical abortion in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial. Contraception. 90 (3), 226-233.
    • Constant, D., Grossman, D., Lince, N. & Harries J. (2014) Self- induction of abortion among women accessing second trimester abortion services in the public sector, Western Cape, South Africa:  An exploratory study. South African Medical Journal, 104 (4), 302-305.
    • De Koker, P., Mathews, C., Zuch, M., Bastien, S., & Mason-Jones, A. J. (2014) A systematic review of interventions for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54 (1), 3-13.
    • De Tolly, K. & Constant, D. (2014) Integrating mobile phones into medical abortion provision: intervention development, use, and lessons learned from a randomized controlled trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2 (1), e5.
    • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Fatti, G., Grimwood, A., & Boulle, A. (2014) Antiretroviral adherence interventions in Southern Africa: implications for using HIV treatments for prevention., Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 11 (1), 63-71.
    • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Schaay, N., Cloete, A., Simbayi, L., & Louw, J. (2014) Improving the counselling skills of lay counsellors in antiretroviral adherence settings: A cluster randomised controlled trial in the Western Cape, South Africa. AIDS Behaviour, 9 (1), 157-165.
    • Gerdts, C., De Pineres, T., Hajri, S., Harries, J., Hossain, H., Puri, M. & Greene Foster, D. (2014) Denial of abortions in legal settings. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 41 (3), 161-3.
    • Grossman, D., Constant D., Lince N., Harries J. & Kluge J. (2014) A randomized trial of misoprostol versus laminaria before dilation and evacuation in South Africa. Contraception, 90 (3), 234.
    • Harries, J., Cooper, D., Strebel, A. & Colvin C. (2014) Conscientious objection and its impact on abortion service provision in South Africa: a qualitative study.  BMC Reproductive Health. 11, 16.
    • Hoke, T., Harries, J., Crede, S., Green, M., Constant, D., Petruney, T. & Moodley, J. (2014) Expanding contraceptive options for PMTCT clients: a mixed methods implementation study in Cape Town, South Africa.  BMC Reproductive Health, 11 (1), 3.
    • Kendall, T., Danel, A., Cooper, D., Dilmitis, S., Kaida, A., ,  Kourtis, A.P., Langer, A., Lapidos-Salaiz, I., Lathrop, A., Moran, A., Sebitloane, H., Turan, J., Watts, D.H. & Wegner M.N. (2014) Eliminating preventable HIV-related maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: what do we need to know? Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 67 (Suppl4), S250-S258.
    • Leon, N., Mathews, C., Lewin, S., Osler, M., Boulle, A., & Lombard, C. (2014) A comparison of linkage to HIV care after provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) versus voluntary HIV counselling and testing (VCT) for patients with sexually transmitted infections in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1), 350.
    • Lurie, M. N., Kirwa, K., Daniels, J., Berteler, M., Kalichman, S.C. & Mathews, C. (2014) High burden of STIs among HIV-infected adults prior to initiation of ART in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 90 (8), 615-619.
    • Mantell, E., Exner, T., Cooper, D., Bai, D., Cheng-Shiun L., Hoffman, S., Myer, L., Moodley, J., Kelvin E.A., Constant, D., Jennings K., Zweigenthal, V. & Stein, Z.A. (2014) Pregnancy intent among a sample of recently diagnosed HIV-positive women and men in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 67 (Supp4), S205–S212.
    • Mbulawa, Z.Z.A., Johnson, L.F., Marais, D.J., Gustavsson, I., Moodley, J.R., Coetzee, D., Gyllensten, U. & Williamson, A-L. (2014) Increased Alpha 9 human papillomavirus species viral load in human immunodeficiency positive women.  BMC Infectious Diseases, 14, 51.
    • McClinton Appollis, T., Mathews, C., de Vries, P. & Lund, C. (2014) Adolescent and adult experiences of being surveyed about violence and abuse: a systematic review of harms, benefits and regrets. American Journal of Public Health, 105 (2), e31-45.
    • Moodley, J., Cooper, D., Mantell, J.E. & Stern, E. (2014) Health care provider perspectives on pregnancy and parenting in HIV-positive individuals in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1), 384.
    • Petersen Williams, P., Jordaan, E., Mathews, C., Lombard, C., & Parry, C.D. (2014) Alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy among women attending midwife obstetric units in the Cape Metropole, South Africa. Advances in Preventive Medicine, 2014, 871427.
    • Russell, M., Cupp, P. K., Jewkes, R. K., Gevers, A., Mathews, C., LeFleur-Bellerose, C., & Small, J. (2014) Intimate partner violence among adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa. Prevention Science, 15 (3), 283-295.
    • Stern, E., & Cooper, D. (2014) Experiences and conceptualizations of sexual debut from the narratives of South African men and women in the context of HIV/AIDS. African Journal of AIDS Research, 13 (2), 121-131.
    • Stern, E., Cooper, D. & Gibbs, A. (2014) Gender differences in South African men and women’s access to and evaluation of informal sources of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information. Sex Education, 15 (1), 48-63.
    • Stern, E., Cooper, D., & Greenbaum, B. (2014) The relationship between hegemonic norms of masculinity and men’s conceptualization of sexually coercive acts by women in South Africa. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30 (5), 796-817.
    • Stern, E., Rau, A. & Cooper, D. (2014) Sexual and reproductive health perceptions and practices as revealed in the sexual history narratives of South African men living in a time of HIV/AIDS. SAHARA-Journal, 11 (1), 233-244.
    • Townsend, L., Giorgio, M., Zembe, Y., Cheyip, M., & Mathews, C. (2014) HIV prevalence and risk behaviours among foreign migrant women residing in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Behaviour, 18 (10), 2020-2029.
    • Wolpaw, B. J., Mathews, C., Mtshizana, Y., Chopra, M., Hardie, D., Lurie, M. N. & Jennings, K. (2014) Patient experiences following acute HIV infection diagnosis and counseling in South Africa. Plos One, 9 (8), e105459.


    • Balfour, L., Farrar, T., McGilvray, M., Wilson, D., Tasca, G., Spaans, J., Mathews, C., Maziya, L., Siphosihle Khanylie, Dalgleish, T., & Cameron, W.D. (2013) HIV prevention in action on the football field: the Whizzkids United Program in South Africa.  AIDS and Behavior, 17 (6), 2045-2052.
    • Chadwick, R., Cooper, D. & Harries, J. (2013) Narratives of distress about birth in South African public maternity settings: a qualitative study. Midwifery, 30 (7), 862-868.
    • Cooper, D., Moore, E. & Mantell, J. (2013) Renegotiating intimate relationships with men: how HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV: ‘Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health’. Acta Juridica, 2013, 218-238.
    • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Cloete, A., Schaay, N., Shah, M., Simbayi, L. & Louw, J. (2013) From research to practice: lay adherence counsellors’ fidelity to an evidence-based intervention for promoting adherence to antiretroviral treatment in the Western Cape, South Africa. Aids Behaviour, 17 (9), 2935-45.
    • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Cloete, A., Schaay, N., Simbayi, L., & Louw, J. (2014) Lay counselors' ability to deliver counseling for behavior change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82 (1), 19-29.
    • Eggers, S.M., Aarø, L.E., Bos, A.E.R., Mathews, C. & De Vries, H. (2013) Predicting condom use in South Africa: a test of two integrative models. AIDS and Behavior, 18 (1), 135-45.
    • Ferreira, A., Young, T., Mathews, C., Zunza, M. & Low, N. (2013) Strategies for partner notification for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. 10, CD002843.
    • Gevers, A., Jewkes, R. & Mathews, C. (2013) What do young people think makes their relationships good? Factors associated with assessments of dating relationships in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15 (9), 1011-1025.
    • Gevers, A., Mathews, C., Cupp, P., Russel, M. & Jewkes, R. (2013) Illegal yet developmentally normative: a descriptive analysis of young, urban adolescents’ dating and sexual behavior in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 13 (1), 31.
    • Lai, M.H., Graham, J.W., Caldwell, L.L., Smith, E.A., Bradley, S.A., Vergnani, T., Mathews, C., & Wegner, L. (2013) Linking life skills and norms with adolescent substance use and delinquency in South Africa. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23 (1), 128-137.
    • Leon, N., Lewin, S. & Mathews, C. (2013) Implementing a provider-initiated testing and counselling (PITC) intervention in Cape town, South Africa: a process evaluation using the normalisation process model. Implementation Science, 8 (97).
    • Mason Jones, A., Mathews, C. & Flisher, A.J. (2013) Peer education training for sexual health and well-being in public high schools in South Africa: is it enough to change peer educators themselves? Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 25 (1), 35-42.
    • Namisi, F.S., Aarø, L.E., Kaaya, S., Onya, H.E., Wubs, A. & Mathews, C. (2013) Condom use and sexuality communication with adults: a study among high school students in South Africa and Tanzania. BMC Public Health, 13, 874.
    • Taylor, T.N., Mantell, J.E., Nywagi, N., Cishe, N. & Cooper, D. (2013) “He lacks his fatherhood”: safer conception technologies and the biological imperative for fatherhood among recently-diagnosed Xhosa-speaking men living with HIV in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15 (9), 1101-1114.
    • Townsend, L., Mathews, C. & Zembe, Y. (2013) A systematic review of behavioral interventions to prevent HIV infection and transmission among heterosexual, adult men in low- and middle-income countries. Prevention Science, 14 (1), 88-105.
    • Townsend, L., Zembe, Y., Mathews, C. & Mason-Jones, A.J. (2013). Estimating HIV prevalence and HIV-risk related risk behaviours among heterosexual women who have multiple sex partners using respondent-driven sampling in high risk community in South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 62 (4), 457-464.
    • Wubs, A.G., Aaro, L.E., Mathews, C., Onya, H.E. & Mbwambo, J. (2013) Associations between attitudes toward violence and intimate partner violence in South Africa and Tanzania. Violence and Victims, 28 (2), 324-340.
    • Zuch, M., Mathews, .C, De Koker, P., Mtshizana, Y.Y. & Mason-Jones, A. (2013) Evaluation of a Photovoice pilot project for school safety in South Africa. Children, Youth and Environments, 23 (1),180-197.


    • Bastien, S., Mason-Jones, A.J., De Koker, P., Mmbaga, E.J., Ross, D.A., Mathews, C. (2012) Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 infection as a biomarker for sexual debut among young people in sub-Saharan Africa: a literature review. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 23 (11), 761-766.
    • Caldwell, L.L., Smith, E.A., Collins, L.M., Graham, J.W., Lai, M., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T., Mathews, C. & Jacobs, J. (2012) Translational research in South Africa: evaluating implementation quality using a factorial design. Child Youth Care Forum, 41 (2), 119-136.
    • Crede, S., Hoke, T., Constant, D., Green, M., Moodley, J. & Harries, J. (2012) Factors impacting use of long acting and permanent contraceptive methods by postpartum HIV positive and negative women in Cape Town, South Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 12, 197.
    • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Schaay, N., Cloete, A., Louw, J. & Simbayi, L. (2012) "It's important to take your medication everyday okay?" An evaluation of counselling by lay counsellors for ARV adherence support in the Western Cape, South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 17 (1), 203-212.
    • Gevers, A., Jewkes, R., Mathews, C. & Flisher, A.J. (2012) “I think it’s about experiencing, like, life”: a qualitative exploration of contemporary adolescent intimate relationships in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14 (10), 1125-1137.
    • Harries, J., Lince, N., Constant, D., Hargey, A. & Grossman, D. (2012) The challenges of offering public second trimester abortion services in South Africa: healthcare providers’ perspectives. Journal of Biosocial Science, 44 (2), 197-208.
    • Hoffman, M., Coetzee, D., Hodes, R. & London, L. (2012) From comprehensive medicine to public health at the University of Cape Town: a 40-year journey. South African Medical Journal, 102 (6), 442-445.
    • Mason-Jones, A.J., Crisp, C., Momberg, M., Koech, J., De Koker, P. & Mathews, C. (2012) A systematic review of the role of school-based health care in adolescent sexual, reproductive and mental health. Systematic Reviews Journal, 1, 49.
    • Mathews, C., Aarø, L.E., Grimsrud, A., Flisher, A.J., Kaaya, S., Onya, H., Schaalma, H., Wubs, A.G., Mukoma, W. & Klepp, K-I. (2012) The effects of the SATZ teacher-led school HIV prevention programmes on adolescent sexual behaviour: cluster randomised controlled trials in three sub-Saharan African sites. International Health, 4 (2),111-122.
    • Meiring, T.L., Salimo, A.T., Coetzee, B., Maree, H.J., Moodley, J., Hitzeroth, I.I., Freeborough, M.J., Rybicki, E.P. &Williamson, A.L. (2012) Next-generation sequencing of cervical DNA detects human papillomavirus types not detected by commercial kits. Virology Journal, 9 (1), 164.
    • Sharp, E.H., Coffman, D.L., Caldwell, L.L., Smith, E.A., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T. & Mathews, C.  Predicting substance use behavior among South African adolescents: the role of leisure experiences across time.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35 (4), 343-351.
    • Vu, L., Andrinopoulos, K., Mathews, C., Chopra, M., Kendall, C. & Eisele, T.P. (2012) Disclosure of HIV status to sex partners among HIV-infected men and women in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Behaviour, 16 (1), 132-138.
  • Booklet

  • Reports


    1. Lince-Deroche, N., Harries, J., Morroni, C. & Sinanovic, E. (2018). Women’s Health. Abortion. In Maternal, Child and Women’s Health Barometer 2016.  Durban: Health Systems Trust; March. ISBN Number: 978-1-919839-91-2.  In Maternal, Child and Women’s Health Barometer 2016. Durban: Health Systems Trust.