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Janke Tolmay

DPhil in Social Intervention & Policy Evaluation

I am a DPhil candidate under the supervision of Prof Lucie Cluver and Prof Elona Toska, jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Advanced Quantitative Methods Scholarship) and Nuffield College. 

My main research interests include public health policy, women's sexual and reproductive health, and the social determinants of health (focusing on HIV/AIDS epidemiology). Motivated by this, my DPhil research investigates the socio-economic and health system factors influencing retention in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services among adolescent mothers in South Africa, with the aim of identifying attrition 'hotspots' for policy and intervention focus. 

Prior to starting the DPhil, I completed a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and a BSc(Hons) in Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch (cum laude), and an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (with a dissertation highest distinction).

From there, I worked on the HEY BABY longitudinal cohort study as Quantitative Research Coordinator within the Adolescent Accelerators Hub (a research collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Cape Town).

My publications can be found below. 

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"Women's Economic Contribution, Relationship Status and Risky Sexual Behaviours: A Cross-Sectional Analysis from a Microfinance-Plus Programme in Rural South Africa" - Tolmay J, Knight L, Muvhango L, Polzer-Ngwato T, Stöckl H, Ranganathan M.  AIDS Behav. 2022 Jul;26(7):2349-2362. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03566-5. Epub 2022 Jan 21. PMID: 35064391; PMCID: PMC8782214.

"Mode of HIV acquisition among adolescents living with HIV in resource-limited settings: A data-driven approach from South Africa." - He E, Tolmay J, Zhou S, Saal W, Toska E.  PLoS One. 2023 Feb 24;18(2):e0281298. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0281298. PMID: 36827268; PMCID: PMC9955664.

"Key normative, legal, and policy considerations for supporting pregnant and postpartum adolescents in high HIV-burden settings: a critical analysis." - Laurenzi CA, Toska E, Tallarico R, Sherr L, Steventon Roberts KJ, Hansen M, Tolmay J, Jochim J, Ameyan W, Yates R. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2023 Dec;31(1):2249696. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2023.2249696. PMID: 37712411; PMCID: PMC10506436.

"The development of children born to young mothers with no, first- or second-generation HIV acquisition in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa: a cross-sectional study." - Sherr L, Haag K, Steventon Roberts KJ, Cluver LD, Wittesaele C, Saliwe B, Tolmay J, Langwenya N, Jochim J, Saal W, Zhou S, Marlow M, Chen-Charles JJ, Toska E.  BMJ Open. 2022 Oct 13;12(10):e058340. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058340. PMID: 36229140; PMCID: PMC9562751.

"Disinfectant, Soap or Probiotic Cleaning? Surface Microbiome Diversity and Biofilm Competitive Exclusion." - Stone W*, Tolmay J*, Tucker K, Wolfaardt GM.  Microorganisms. 2020 Nov 4;8(11):1726. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms8111726. PMID: 33158159; PMCID: PMC7694204.