Students/Abafundi

Person

Bradley Carpenter

 

Email

bscarp2@gmail.com

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Bradley is currently doing his PhD through the National Health Scholars Programme, a competitive scholarship for full-time studies. His PhD focusses on treatment individualisation and is examining the statistical and methodological challenges of individualised treatments. This research has vast potential application in African Traditional medicine where individualised treatment is commonly practised. He holds an MA in Research Psychology and is registered with the HPCSA in this profession. He is also working for the South African Medical Research Council on a part-time basis as a scientist, where he works on HIV prevention and disability research. While he has mainly worked in the field of disability research in the past, his main research focus is on complex analyses and methodologies.

 

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

 

 

Person

Nolwazi Purity Nduli

 

Email

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Nolwazi Purity Nduli has a Master of Technology degree in Biotechnology obtained from Durban University of Technology in 2009, and a diploma in Business Management from Varsity College in 2007. She has worked for Smith and Nephew (Pty) Ltd as a Trainee Microbiologist, SA Bioproducts as a fermentation technician and industrial microbiologist, as well as Anchor Yeast (Pty) Ltd as a Senior Technician. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences in the Traditional Medicine Laboratory, UKZN. Her research focus is in the treatment of chronic wounds using African traditional medicines used by traditional healers. Her interest is on tissue regeneration especially bone regeneration using African traditional medicines.  This research area is a strategic focus for the SARCHI Indigenous Health Care Systems research agenda.

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Prof Nceba Gqaleni, African Health Research Institute, Durban, South Africa

 

Person

Bongiswa Sanda Maphanga

 

Email

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Bongiswa Sanda Maphanga obtained her Bachelor in Medical Science Physiology at University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently working towards her Honours in Medical Science Physiology. Her research is directed at understanding the effect of traditional medicine used and found in South Africa on burn wounds. Her project looks at anti-inflammatory activity of the traditional medicinal product THP-1 monocyte cell line.

Supervisors:

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Pubic Health, UKZN

 

Person

Senamile Ngobese

 

Email

212544402@stu.ukzn.ac.za

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Senamile Phindile Ngobese holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology and Anthropology (2015) and also has a BSS Honours in Psychology (2016), both degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal. While acquiring these qualifications, she fell in love with African Psychology which opened a new way of understanding the African worldview, in turn highlighted the role of traditional healers. Coming from a behavioural studies background, she became interested in knowledge, attitudes and perspectives of traditional healing or medicine. She then took her interests further and is now doing her Masters is Medical Science in the discipline of Traditional Medicine, where she is interested in doctor patient communication particularly about the use of traditional medicine. Her topic is Primary Healthcare Providers and Patients Communication about the use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in eThekwini.  The findings from the study will enhance our understanding of the barriers, enablers and opportunities to improving communication about TCAM use thereby maximising quality of care for patients who simultaneously use conventional and traditional medicine.

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

 

Person

Ms Zandile Buthelezi

 

Email

212508382@stu.ukzn.ac.za

Campus

Howard College 

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Person

Ms Mary-Saskia Carpenter

 

Email

marysacarpenter@gmail.com

Campus

Howard College 

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Person

Ms Tracy Zhandire

 

Email

tzhandire@gmail.com

Campus

Howard College 

Designation

Joint senior lecturer

 Biosketch

 Tracy Zhandire is a PhD student in the SARCHI programme. She has a keen interest in information management, a passion that led her to study for BSc (Hons) degree in Library and Information Science at University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe. She also has a keen interest in health issues and this has drawn her to the field of health information systems. She also holds an MSc in Medical Informatics degree from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). This course mainly focused on information management in formal health systems, which generally excludes traditional healers. This stimulated her interest to contribute towards the strengthening of health information systems for traditional medicine. Tracy’s PhD research aims to determine the knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and practices of THs in Durban towards documentation of their treatments, and using a case study of TH managing diabetes, develop and test a framework for patient medical record. This research complements ongoing research on TH training systems that is being conducted by another PhD student in the SARCHI programme, and will contribute to the evidence that is essential for strengthening collaboration between conventional and traditional medicine.

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Prof Nceba Gqaleni, African Research Institute, UKZN

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

 

Person

Ms Bathy Joy

 

Email

joybathy@gmail.com

Campus

Howard College 

Designation

Joint senior lecturer

 Biosketch

 Joy Nkechinyere Adeniyi (MSc Analytical Chemistry, BSc Pure chemistry) is a PhD student. Her research goal is to apply both theoretical and experimental knowledge in analytical chemistry to circumvent the problem of multi-drug resistance, toxicity and limitations in leukaemia chemotherapy. Her research efforts is directed towards evaluating traditional herbal medicines used to treat cancer by traditional healers to identify and develop alternative drugs that are able to overcome the present therapeutic limitations and to reduce the relapse rate in leukaemia. In her PhD study, Joy is evaluating the safety, efficacy and mechanisms of action of three traditional medicines use to treat leukaemia by three TH in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She will also study in detail the effect of different solvent extractions on the efficacy, and the phytochemical compounds of the most effective of the herbal extracts. Apart from providing the much needed validation of TM and hence empower THs, her work will provide evidence for moving the product towards clinical research.

 

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Dr Manimbulu Nlooto, Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, UKZN

Dr Roshila Moodley, School of Chemistry and Physics, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

 

Person

Ms Nolwazi Nduli

 

Email

nolwazinduli@hotmail.com

Campus

Howard College 

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Person

Mr Japhet Mangoyi

 

Email

japhetmangoyi@gmail.com

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Japhet Mangoyi has a Bachelor of Pharmacy Honors and Master of Science Degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Zimbabwe. He also holds Certificates in Pharmacometrics and Bioequivalence from Karolinska Institutet. He is currently doing his PhD focusing on validating the therapeutic effects of a traditional medicine that is used in the management of diabetes mellitus by a traditional healer in KwaZulu-Natal. In this validation he is assessing safety in non-diabetic rats and efficacy in a rat model of Type 2diabetes mellitus. The possible mechanisms of action of the traditional medicine in reducing blood glucose will be assessed using in-vitro models.

His other research interests include molecular pharmacology, population pharmacokinetics and pharmacometric modelling, and pharmacovigilance.

Japhet has worked as a retail pharmacist in Zimbabwe for 2 years. He has worked as a drug and toxicology information specialist in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Zimbabwe. He has also tutored at the University of Zimbabwe in Clinical Therapeutics, Pathophysiology and Toxicology on a voluntary basis.

 

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Prof Nceba Gqaleni, African Health Research Institute, Durban, South Africa

Dr Peter Owira, Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, UKZN

 

Person

Ms Nompumelelo Mbatha

 

Email

Nompumelelo.Mbatha@durban.gov.za

Campus

Howard College 

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Person

Ms Lonathemba Stephanie Mchunu

 

Email

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Lonathemba Stephanie Mchunu holds BSc Biochemistry & Microbiology (2015), and BSc Honors Biochemistry (2016) degrees from University of Zululand. She is in her second and final year of a Masters degree in Medical Science, in the Discipline of Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health. Her research focuses on evaluating safety, efficacy and mechanisms of action of traditional medicinal plants used to treat dysmenorrhea by a traditional healer in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. This work forms part of the focus of the SARCHI focus on non-communicable disease of importance to South Africa. Dysmenorrhoea is a major burden especially among young women, and is responsible for significant morbidity and absenteeism from school and work. Lonathemba’s work provides potential safer, less expensive and perhaps more effective remedies. She has always had the passion to help the needy. While at University of Zululand, she also joined Enactus, which was an organization of students, educators and business members with a passion to uplift surrounding, less fortunate communities, by capacitating them with business ideas and skills.

 

Supervisors:

Prof Exnevia Gomo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN

Prof Nceba Gqaleni, African Health Research Institute, Durban, South Africa.

 

 

 

Person

Ms Nonhle Mkhize

 

Email

 

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

 Nonhle Mkhize holds a Bachelor of Medical Science (Anatomy) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Medical Science Honours in Physiology at the same university. She has a passion for volunteering and working with children. She has volunteered for a variety of organizations including International Aids Society, of which she is a member.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. The current cancer treatments have many side effects is expensive and the healthcare facilities are inaccessible to communities residing in the rural parts of South Africa. For most people a Traditional healer is their first point of contact because they reside in their respective communities. The traditional medicinal product that Nonhle is working on is claimed to treat different types of cancer by traditional healers in KwaZulu-Natal. Her research focuses on Anti-cancer effects of the traditional medicine in THP-1 monocyte cell lines.

Supervisors:

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Public Health, UKZN.

 

Person

Virushka Pillay

 

Email

 

Campus

Howard College 

 Biosketch

Virushka Pillay holds a BSc in Life Sciences from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and is currently doing her Medical Sciences Honours in Physiology. Her goal is to apply physiological as well as Aryuvedic homeopathic medical principles to further investigate the treatment of various diseases. Her research efforts are currently directed towards understanding how traditional herbal medicines found in South Africa are used in treating Diabetes Mellitus. In her Honours research project, she is looking at the hypoglycaemic and anti-oxidant potential of a traditional herbal product in cultured MDBK kidney cells. She is looking to broaden the horizons of traditional medication in her further studies.

 

Supervisors:

Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo, Traditional Medicine, School of Nursing & Pubic Health, UKZN

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