16 August 2017 Volume :5 Issue :39

CCMS Students present Research at Malaysian Conference

CCMS Students present Research at Malaysian Conference
Ms Phiwe Nota and Ms Gina Coetzee attended the third International Conference on Public Health (ICOPH 2017) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Two students  from the Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) recently presented their research before an international audience at the third International Conference on Public Health (ICOPH 2017) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ms Phiwe Nota (PhD candidate) and Ms Gina Coetzee (Masters Student) presented their research before other medical practitioners, researchers and academics from 36 different countries.

The Conference, held from 27 - 29 July, provided an opportunity for comprehensive dialogue among scholars and practitioners in the field of Public Health Communications while also offering a platform to share and explore new ideas on Public Health.

Nota’s work titled “Towards an acceptable HIV prevention technology post 2016: A comparative study of microbicides among University students in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa” was well received at the Conference.

‘Attending this Conference helped me see that the work I have done is internationally credible. Also, I got to interact with the interdisciplinary forum for academicians, health professionals, public health specialists, researchers, scientists and health workers,’ she said.

Coetzee, on the other hand, presented her Master’s thesis titled “They are not friendly at all: perceptions of high school girls towards sexual and reproductive health services”. The study explores the perceptions of schoolgirls towards healthcare workers and facilities in aiding or inhibiting their access to sexual and reproductive health services. 

‘This was the first international conference I have presented at. My study was one of the few qualitative studies, and was very well received.  Being able to experience a new country, learn about other countries’ public health systems as well as meet professionals from various fields was deeply beneficial to me, she said.

Words by: Melissa Mungroo

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