Pranitha Maharaj
Position Professor
Discipline Population Studies
Phone 031 260 2243
Email maharajp7@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address A 707, 7th floor Shepstone Building

Research Interests

  • Professor Maharaj holds a doctorate in Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. Before joining the School of Built Environment and Development Studies she was a lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
  • Over the past number of years Prof Maharaj has managed to accumulate many years of teaching experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has also successfully supervised more than 40 Masters and 3 doctoral dissertations. In addition, she has been requested to examine a number of Masters and Doctoral dissertations at various universities in South Africa and abroad. Prof Maharaj’s research focuses mainly on the area of sexual and reproductive health especially on HIV/AIDS and family planning. Increasingly, she is also examining the effects of population aging. She is currently involved in a number of research projects in this area and has published numerous scientific articles in local and international peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, research reports and chapters in books.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Population and Community Development

Postgraduate:

  • HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Population and Development

Selected Publications

Book

  • Maharaj P. (ed.) (2013) Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.

Journal Articles

  • Mindry, D.L., Milford, C. Greener, L., Greener, R.M., Maharaj, P., Letsoalo, T., Munthree, C., Crankshaw, T.L., Smit, J.A. (2016) Client and provider knowledge and views on safer conception for people living with HIV (PLHIV) Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 10:35-40.
  • Mahlalela N, Maharaj P. (2016). Acceptability and use of female condoms among young people in South Africa. African Population Studies 3(2): 2664-2670
  • Mindry DL, Crankshaw T, Maharaj P,  Munthree C, Letsoalo T, Milford C, Greener R, Rambally L, Carpenter S, Smit J. (2015)  “We have to try and have this child before it is too late”: missed opportunities in client–provider communication on reproductive intentions of people living with HIV. AIDS Care 27(1): 25-30.
  • Zihindula G, Maharaj P. (2015). Risk of Sexual Violence: Perspectives and Experiences of Women in a Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Community Health 40(4): 736-743.
  • Mavuso S, Maharaj P. (2015). Access to sexual and reproductive health services: Experiences and perspectives of persons with disabilities in Durban, South Africa. Agenda. DOI:10.1080/10130950.2015.1043713
  • Chikutsa A, Maharaj P. (2015) Support for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention among men and women in Zimbabwe. African Population Studies 29(1): 1587-1596.
  • Chikutsa A, Maharaj P. (2015) Social representations of male circumcision as prophylaxis against HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. BMC Public Health 15:603. Doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1967-z.
  • Kara R, Maharaj P. (2015) Childbearing among young people in South Africa: Findings from the National Income Dynamics Study. Southern African Journal of Demography 16(1): 57-86.
  • Nkomazana, N. & Maharaj, P. (2014) Perception of risk of HIV infections and sexual behaviour of the sexually active university students in Zimbabwe. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 11(1): 42-50.
  • Gresh, A., Maharaj, P. (2014). Termination of pregnancy: Perspectives of Female Students in Durban, South Africa. African Population Studies 28(1): 681-690.
  • Crankshaw, T.L., Mindry, D., Munthree, C., Letsoalo, T. & Maharaj, P. (2014). Challenges with couples, serodiscordance and HIV disclosure: health care provider perspectives on delivering safer conception services for HIV-affected couples, South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society17(18832)
  • Nkomazana, N. & Maharaj, P. (2013). The prevalence of condom use among university students in Zimbabwe: Implications for Planning and Policy. Journal of Biosocial Science 45(5): 643-659.
  • Sidtzatane, N.J. & Maharaj, P. (2013). On the Fringe of the Economy: Migrant Street Traders in Durban. Urban Forum 24(3): 373-387.
  • Alli, F., Maharaj P. & Vawda, M. (2013). Interpersonal Relations Between Health Care Workers and Young Clients: Barriers to Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Care. Journal of Community Health 38:150–155
  • Greely, P., Maharaj, P., Letsoalo, T., & Miti, A. (2013). Traditional male circumcision for reducing the risk of HIV infection: perspectives of young people in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality 15(2): 148-159
  • Mathenjwa, T. & Maharaj, P. (2012). ‘Female condoms give women greater control’: A qualitative assessment of the experiences of commercial sex workers in Swaziland. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 17(5): 383-92.
  • Maharaj, P (2012). Stalling contraception? Perspectives and experiences of sexually active women and men. Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity 26(2): 100-110.
  • Maharaj P, Neema S, Cleland J, Busza J, Shah I. (2012) Condom use within marriage: An assessment of changes in South Africa and Uganda. AIDS Care 24(3-4): 444-450.
  • Maharaj P, Cleland J. (2011) HIV protective strategies among college students in Durban, South Africa. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 8(3): 100-106.
  • Kalamar M, Maharaj P, Gresh A. (2011). HIV-prevention interventions targeting men having sex with men in Africa: field experiences from Cameroon. Culture, Health & Sexuality 13(10): 1135-1149.
  • Macia, M., Maharaj, P. & Gresh, A. (2011). Masculinity and male sexual behaviour in Mozambique. Culture, Health & Sexuality 13(10): 1181-1192
  • Maharaj, P. & Rogan, M. (2011). Missing opportunities for preventing unwanted pregnancy: a qualitative study of emergency contraception. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 37(2):89-96.
  • Gresh, A. & Maharaj, P. (2011). A qualitative assessment of the acceptability and potential demand for medical abortion among university students in Durban, South Africa. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 16:67–75.
  • Gebre, L.T., Maharaj, P. & Pillay, N.K. (2011). The experiences of immigrants in South Africa: a case study of Ethiopians in Durban, South Africa. Urban Forum 22: 23-35.
  • Munthree, C. & Maharaj, P. (2010). Growing Old in the Era of a High Prevalence of HIV/AIDS: The Impact of AIDS on Older Men and Women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Research on Aging 32(2): 155-174.
  • Rogan, M., Nanda, P. & Maharaj, P. (2010). Promoting and Prioritising Reproductive Health Commodities: Understanding the Emergency Contraception Value Chain in South Africa. African Journal of Reproductive Health 14(1): 9-20
  • Knight, L. & Maharaj, P. (2009). Use of public and private health services in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Development Southern Africa 26(1): 17-28.
  • Malisha, L., Maharaj, P. & Rogan, M. (2008) Rites of passage to adulthood: Traditional initiation schools in the context of HIV/AIDS in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Health, Risk & Society 10(6): 585-598.
  • Maharaj, P. & Rogan, M. (2008). Emergency contraception in South Africa: A literature review. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 13 (4): 351-361.
  • Gatsinzi, S. & Maharaj, P. (2008) Women’s experiences of maternal and child health and family planning services in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis 31(2): 14-21.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2008) Ethnicity and sexual lifestyles among college students in a high risk environment, Durban, South Africa. AIDS Care 20(7): 838-841.
  • Nshindano, C. & Maharaj, P. (2008) Reasons for multiple sexual partnerships: perspectives of young people in Zambia. African Journal of AIDS Research 7(1): 37–44
  • Maharaj, P. & Munthree, C. (2007) Coerced first sexual intercourse and selected reproductive health outcomes among young women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science 39(2): 231-244.
  • Rogan, M. & Maharaj, P. (2007) Longer Working Life: Greater Productivity and More Skills. South African Labour Bulletin 31(2): 35-38.
  • Maharaj, P. (2006). Reasons for Condom Use among Young People in KwaZulu-Natal: Prevention of HIV, Pregnancy or Both. International Family Planning Perspectives 32(1): 28-34.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2006). Condoms Become the Norm in the Sexual Culture of College Students in Durban, South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters 14(28): 104-112.
  • Njagi, F. & Maharaj, P. (2006) Access to Voluntary counseling and testing services: Perspectives of young people. South African Review of Sociology 37(2): 113-127.
  • Thurman, T.R., Brown, L., Richter, L., Maharaj, P. & Magnani R. (2006) Sexual risk behavior among South African adolescents: Is orphan status a factor? AIDS and Behavior 10(6): 627-635.
  • Maharaj P. (2005) Patterns of condom use: perspectives of men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Development Southern Africa 22(2): 187-197.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2005). Integration of sexual and reproductive health services in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Health Policy and Planning 20: 302-309.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2005) Women on Top: The relative influence of wives and husbands on contraceptive use in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Women and Health 41(2): 31-41.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2005) Risk perception and condom use among married or cohabiting couples. International Family Planning Perspectives 31(1): 24-29.
  • Maharaj, P. & Munthree, C. (2005). The quality of integrated reproductive health services: perspectives of clients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Curationis 28(1): 52-58.
  • Maharaj, P. (2004). Perception of risk of HIV infection in marital and cohabiting partnerships. African Journal of AIDS Research 3(2): 131-137.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2004). Condom use within marital and cohabiting partnerships. Studies in Family Planning 35(2): 116-124.
  • Maharaj, P. (2004). Integrated reproductive health services: perspectives of providers. Curationis 27(1): 23-30.
  • Maharaj P. (2003) Men and AIDS. New Agenda, South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy 11:64-67, also published in Perspective: African Journal of HIV/AIDS, 6: 46-51.
  • Maharaj, P. (2001). Male attitudes to family planning in the era of HIV/AIDS. Journal of Southern African Studies 27(2): 245-257.
  • Maharaj, P. & Tillotson, J. (2001) Barriers to HIV/AIDS Protective Behavior Among African Adolescent Males in Township Secondary Schools in Durban South Africa. Society in Transition: Journal of South African
  • Maharaj, P. (2001). Obstacles to negotiating dual protection: perspectives of men and women. African Journal of Reproductive Health 5(3): 150-161.
  • Maharaj, P. (2000). Promoting Male Involvement in Reproductive Health. Agenda 44: 37-48.

Chapters in Books

  • Tafuh A, Maharaj P. (2015). On the move: Cameroonian migrants in Durban. In C. Crush, A. Chikanda & C. Skinner. Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. Southern African Migration Programme.
  • Maharaj, P. (2013). Introduction. In P. Maharaj (ed). Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Pillay, N.K. & Maharaj, P. (2013). Population Ageing in Africa. In P. Maharaj (ed). Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Alli, F. & Maharaj, P. (2013). The Health Situation of Older People in Africa. In P. Maharaj (ed). Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Zihindula, G. & Maharaj, P. (2013). Health and Health Seeking Behaviour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Perspectives of the Elderly. In P. Maharaj (ed.), Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Zihindula, G. & Maharaj, P. (2013) Understanding the Experiences of the Elderly in Rural Areas in Rwanda. In P. Maharaj (ed.) Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Gresh, A. & Maharaj, P. (2013). Policy and Programme Responses. In P. Maharaj (ed.), Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Munthree, C. & Maharaj, P. (2013). Growing old in the era of AIDS: Perspectives and Experiences of Older Men and Women in South Africa. In P. Maharaj (ed.), Aging and Health in Africa. International Perspectives on Aging volume 4. New York: Springer.
  • Maharaj, P. & Munthree, C. (2010). Population Ageing in KwaZulu-Natal. In N. Nzimande (ed) State of the Population in KwaZulu-Natal: Demographic Profile and Development Indicators. Durban: Office of the Premier.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2007). Integrating family planning and sexual health services: lessons from South Africa. In Commonwealth Health Ministers Book 2007. United Kingdom: Henley Media Group Ltd in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
  • Maharaj, P. & Roberts, B. (2006). Tripping Up: AIDS, Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property in South Africa. In C.Grown, E. Braunstein & A. Malhotra (eds),Trading Women’s Health and Rights Trade Liberalization and Reproductive Health in Developing Economies. London: Zed Books.
  • Maharaj, P. & Cleland, J. (2006). Are condoms infiltrating marital and cohabiting partnerships? In V. Padayachee (ed), Perspectives of couples in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa? The Development Decade: Economic and Social Change in South Africa, 1994-2004. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Maharaj, P. (2005). Perspectives and behaviour of young people related to sexual and reproductive health in South Africa. In B. Donta, K. Vogelsong, P. Van Look and C. Puri. (eds), Enhancing Male Partnership in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Mumbai: Sha and Shaz Enterprises.
  • Cleland, J. & Maharaj, P. (2005). Power over reproductive health decisions: relative roles of husbands and wives in Eastern and Southern Africa. In B. Donta, K. Vogelsong, P. Van Look and C. Puri. (eds) Enhancing Male Partnership in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Mumbai: Sha and Shaz Enterprises
  • Maharaj, P., Kaufman, C. & Richter, L. (2001). Children’s schooling in South Africa: Access, quality and geography. In: Equity and Diversity in Education – Commonwealth snapshots. London: Acorn Publishing.
  • Maharaj ,P., Kaufman, C. & Richter L. (1998). Child Fosterage and Children’s Schooling in South Africa. In: In view of school: Preparation for and adjustment to school and rapidly changing social conditions. Johannesburg: Goethe Institut,

Conference Papers

  • Maharaj P (2003) Researching quality condom use amongst young people in South Africa. World Health Organisation Workshop, Southampton, UK.
  • Maharaj P and Cleland J* (2003) Condom use among married men and women: The case of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. South African AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa.
  • Maharaj P and Cleland J* (2003) The quiet revolution: Condom use within marriage. International Union for Scientific Study of Population Seminar, Gabarone, Botswana.
  • Maharaj P and Munthree C (2003) The impact of AIDS on the quality of care within integrated health services: The perspectives of clients. Demographic Association of South Africa Conference, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
  • Maharaj, P. (2003). Researching quality condom use amongst young people in South Africa. Paper presented at a WHO workshop 'the quality of condom use amongst young people', Southampton, United Kingdom.

Conferences

  • Kara R, Maharaj P. (2014) Determinants of early childbearing in South Africa: Evidence from the National Income Dynamics Study. Paper presented at the Conference on Fertility Transition in the South. University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Tafur A, Maharaj P. (2014). Livelihood strategies of Cameroonian Immigrants in Durban, South Africa. Paper presented at the Workshop on Urban Informality and Migrant Entrepreneurship in Southern African Cities. Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Mindry D, Maharaj P, Crankshaw T, Letsoalo T, Munthree C. (2013). Knowing Client Rights and Meeting Their Needs: Provider knowledge and attitudes toward meeting the reproductive needs and rights of PLHIV in South Africa. Paper presented at the at 2nd International HIV Social Science and Humanities Conference. Paris, France.
  • Zihindula G, Maharaj P. (2012) Accessing health services in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Perspectives of the elderly. Paper presented at the 11th Global Conferencing on Ageing, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Zihindula G, Maharaj P. (2012) Experiences of the elderly in a post conflict setting. Paper presented at the 11th Global Conferencing on Ageing, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Maharaj P, Neema S, Cleland J, Busza J, Shah I. (2011) Can condom use within marriage contribute to HIV prevention? Trends in South Africa and Uganda. Paper presented at the Population Association of Southern Africa. Bloemfortein, South Africa.
  • Neema S, Busza J, Maharaj P, Cleland C. (2011). Condom negotiation and use among married couples in Uganda. Paper presented at the Meeting of American Public Health Association. Washington, United States of America.
  • Maharaj P. (2010) Emergency Contraception Use in South Africa: Implications for HIV technologies Poster presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference. Vienna.
  • Maharaj P. (2010) Negotiating condom use in marital relationships: The case of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Poster presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference. Vienna
  • Maharaj P. (2010). Condom Use in Marital and Cohabiting Relationships: Lessons on HIV Prevention from South Africa. Paper presented at the World Congress of Virus and Infections, Busan, Korea.
  • Maharaj P. (2010) Condom use for HIV prevention: lessons from South Africa. Paper presented at the 11th European Society of Contraception Congress, The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Maharaj P. (2010) Relative influence of husbands and wives on family planning in the era of
  • AIDS. Paper presented at the 11th European Society of Contraception Congress, The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Maharaj P, Rogan M. (2009). Missing opportunities for promoting emergency contraception: A qualitative study of knowledge, attitudes and practices of health providers in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Urban Health, Nairobi, Kenya.

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