Kerry Vermaak

Dr Kerry Vermaak

Position Lecturer
Discipline Population Studies
Phone 031 260 2285
Campus Howard College
Office Address A727 7th Floor, Denis Shepstone Building


  • Kerry Vermaak has a background in research psychology and has previously worked as a researcher in the academic, private and NGO sectors.


  • Kerry has worked on a variety of research projects related to public health issues, particularly around HIV/AIDS. Research projects on sexual behaviour and HIV risk have included behavioural surveillance surveys of sex workers,  taxi drivers and migrant workers; the acceptability of female condoms; community based voluntary counseling and testing. Projects where biological markers were collected include an evaluation of the HIV component of the Integrated Management of Childhood illness;  a survey of STI and HIV seroprevalence among truck drivers; surveys of youth sexual behaviour and STI and HIV seroprevalance; substance use and sexual behaviour among adult arrestees.  Her health systems research has focused as facility factors impacting on the uptake of voluntary counselling and testing; referral and support mechanisms within the district health system, and the integration of the PMTCT programme into routine maternal and child health services.



  • Kerry teaches  the Population and Health and
  • Research Methods I modules in the Population Studies and Development Studies Masters Programme.  She also a supervisor to  a PhD student.



  • Horwood,C., Vermaak,K., Butler,L., Haskins,L., Phakathi,S.and Rollins, N. (2012). Elimination of paediatric HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: large-scale assessment of interventions for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, 90 (3): 168 – 175.
  • Horwood,C.,Haskins, L., Vermaak, K.,Phakathi, S., Subbaye, R. and T. Doherty (2010). Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
    programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: an evaluation of
    PMTCT implementation and integration into routine maternal,
    child and women’s health services. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 15(9), 992-999.
  • Horwood, C., Butler, Lisa M.,Vermaak, K., Rollins, N. Haskins,L., Nkosi, L., Neilands, T.B. andQazi, S. (2010). Disease profile of children under 5 years attending primary health care clinics in a high HIV prevalence setting in
    South Africa. Tropical Medicine andInternational Health, 16(1), 42-52.
  • Vermaak, K; Reid, S; Horwood, C. (2009). Factors Impacting on Organisational Learning in Three Rural Health Districts. South African Journal of Family Practice 51(2):138-142.
  • Horwood, C; Vermaak, K; Rollins, N; Haskins, L; Nkosi, P; Qazi, S. (2009). An evaluation of the quality of IMCI assessments among IMCI trained health workers in South Africa. PLoS ONE 4(6): e5937.
  • C Horwood, K Vermaak, N Rollins, L Haskins, PNkosi, S Qazi. (2009). Paediatric HIV management at primary care level: An evaluation of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) guidelines for HIV. BMC Pediatrics 2009, 9:59.
  • C Horwood, A Voce, K Vermaak, N Rollins, S Qazi. (2009)Experiences of IMCI training and implementation in South Africa; a qualitative evaluation of the IMCI case management training course. BMC Paediatrics, 9:62.
  • Pettifor, AE; Kleinschmidt, I; Levin, J; Rees, HV; MacPhail,C; Madikizela-Hlongwa, L; Vermaak, K; Napier, G; Stevens, W; Padian, NS. (2005). A community-based study to examine the effect of a youth HIV prevention intervention on young people aged 15-24 in South Africa: results of the baseline survey. Tropical Medicine & International Health 10 (10), 971–980.
  • Pettifor, AE; Rees, HV; Kleinschmidt, I; Steffenson, AE; MacPhail, C; Hlongwa-Madikizela, L; Vermaak, K & Padian NS. (2005). Young people’s sexual health in South Africa: HIV prevalence and sexual behaviors from a nationally representative household survey. AIDS. Sep 23; 19(14):1525-34.