Nelly Jinga joined HE2RO in March 2016 as a Research Associate. She holds a Master’s degree in Demography from the University of Cape Town and a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Mathematics. She has experience working for UN’s WFP focusing on the nutritional needs assessment of the HIV infected people, HIV research including HIV and Oncology clinical trials. She has authored and co-authored journal articles in BMC Health Services Research, PLOS ONE, AIDS Patient Care and STDs. She is currently involved in research on Understanding patterns of postpartum maternal mobility in relation to paediatric HIV diagnosis and linkage to HIV care in Gauteng Province, South Africa and TB cascade in the private sector in Gauteng province, South Africa. Her interest lies in maternal and child health and machine learning in healthcare.
Understanding the Predictors of Early ANC Initiation and Patterns of Postpartum Maternal Mobility in Relation to Paediatric HIV Diagnosis and Linkage to HIV CareThe elimination of vertical transmission of HIV is within reach in South Africa, given the high coverage of the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program. However to achieve the 90-90-90 targets for children, we need to improve early infant diagnosis (EID) efforts by strengthening postpartum retention and participation of women the PMTCT program, including mothers who initially test HIV negative in antenatal care (ANC). This study aims to firstly map out patterns of maternal