University of the Witwatersrand
Institution: University of the Witwatersrand
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Siphamandla is a Technical Specialist for the OPTIMIZE project at the University of Witwatersrand Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI). He has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Medicine (Child Health) and started his professional career in 2008 at Wits RHI as a data manager. He is currently a Technical Specialist position with knowledge in health programs, data management, and operational research. He measures health program performance, provides statistical analyses and evidence-based recommendations and decisions through program assessments, evaluations, and operational research. His research interests include models and experiences on the transition of care or changes in treatment care, maternal and child health within public health settings. His current PhD project aims to describe the transition of care within public health settings in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the scope of his work, he has successfully supported the implementation of the South African ART M&E system (TIER.Net) in the Johannesburg region, F and North West Province. In addition, he has collaborated with other researchers and produced peer-reviewed publications. As a result of these previous experiences, he is aware of the importance of frequent communication, teamwork, project coordination, and research development.