Dr Kerry Vermaak
|Phone||031 260 2285|
|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. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/9/59
- 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. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/9/62
- 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.