The complexity of HIV Prevention in Uganda requires more than a theoretical panacea

  • Mzikazi Nduna University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: behavioural change, HIV prevention, stepping stones, Uganda


HIV prevention responses vary from behavioral change interventions to biomedical interventions and combinations thereof. The HIV epidemic in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), though stable, continues to be a major public health challenge for many countries. In response strategies where combination interventions are offered, the response is strengthened and the impact bigger. This article responds to the call for considering the social representations theory (SRT) as an answer to inform research about the mechanisms of behavioural change for HIV prevention in the sub-Saharan context, in particular when planning for high risk groups.

Author Biography

Mzikazi Nduna, University of the Witwatersrand

MZIKAZI NDUNA (PhD) is an NRF Y-rated scientist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Mzi has research interests in HIV/AIDS, Father Connections, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and gender-based violence and psychological distress pertaining to women, children and sexual minorities. She is an alumnus of the Sexuality Leadership Development, the Carnegie and the ICP CHANGE Fellowships. Mzi has co-authored 43 peer reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters and presented in international and local conferences and I review articles for more than five international journals. She is a member of the gender-based violence Prevention Network for the Horn, East and Southern Africa, the HIV Vaccines Network and the SANAC Women’s Sector Expert group.