SASH Fellow 2014 – 2015
Brendan is a Senior Research Officer at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), University of Cape Town. He is a Social Scientist with training in economics and an interest in behavioural interventions for improving health outcomes. His research focus is currently in the field of HIV prevention. Brendan completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2008 with a dissertation on HIV-related stigma. Subsequently, he diversified and broadened his research to include behavioural responses to interventions that affect HIV transmission and understanding the determinants of HIV infection. Currently, his work is focused on understanding beliefs around, and behavioural responses to, male circumcision campaigns for HIV prevention in Southern Africa, learning how stigma impacts on HIV prevention interventions, understanding concurrent sexual partnerships, testing interventions to improve linkage to antiretroviral treatment, and examining the use of a novel mobile application to improve the ability of young women to assess their own HIV risk.
iLink (Incentives for Linkage to ART) Study: “A Mixed-methods Study to Improve Linkage to HIV Care.” (2014-ongoing, NRF)
This pilot randomized controlled trial examines the feasibility and acceptability of a Conditional Economic Incentive (CEI) intervention to improve linkage to HIV treatment and care services. The incentive (a R300 voucher redeemable upon initiation of antiretroviral therapy within 3 months) will be tested among clients (18 years and older) of a mobile health clinic in Cape Town, South Africa.