Tim Shand

SASH Fellow 2014 – 2015


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Tim is a gender and health practitioner and PhD student living and working in Cape Town.  His doctoral research focuses on better understanding and responding to men’s sexual health and HIV needs, particularly in Malawi where he is co-ordinating quantitative and qualitative research on this topic.  Tim’s PhD is with the Institute for Global Health at University College London, and he is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Women’s Health Research Unit, within the School of Public Health & Family Medicine.  Tim also works for Sonke Gender Justice, a South African NGO, as Director of International Programmes and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, where he seeks to strengthen programmatic and policy responses in Africa on gender equality and health equity.  He holds a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has published in a range of publications and books.

Research Topic

“Men’s Sexual Health/HIV Attitudes, Behaviours and Health-seeking in Malawi” (2014-2015, NIH, SASH, Scottish International Education Trust, Sonke Gender Justice)

This project explores the links between male gender norms, men’s attitudes and behaviours towards their own sexual health and HIV wellbeing and health-seeking, and men’s experiences of formal and informal health services in urban and rural areas of Malawi.  The research seeks to inform programmatic and policy responses on improving men’s own sexual/HIV health, for the benefit of themselves, women, children and the public health system.  Mixed methods employed, including a national household-based survey with men (18-59 years), qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with men, women, male clients, health service providers and key informants, and ethnographic observations at health services.