Natisha DukhiCountry of origin: South Africa Currently in: South Africa, Cape Town General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Degrees2016 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Current Research Activities
Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
I am actively involved in research relating to Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health in South Africa and globally, with specific niche areas such as non-communicable diseases, mHealth, Artificial Intelligence in Health, nutrition, food security and gender-based violence.
Publications resulting from Research:
1. Addo EK, Akuffo KO, Sewpaul R, Dukhi N, Agyei-Manu E, Asare AK, Kumah DB, Awuni M and Reddy SP. Prevalence and associated factors of vision loss in the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1). In Press. BMC Ophthalmology
2. Akuffo KO, Asare AK, Sewpaul R, Dukhi N, Asare AK, Kumah DB, Agyei-Manu E, Addo EK and Reddy P. Eye care utilization among diabetics in South Africa: results from SANHANES-1. BMC Research Notes. 2020; 13(407): 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05245-5
3. Akuffo KO, Sewpaul R, Dukhi N, Asare AK, Kumah DB, Addo EK, Agyei-Manu E and Reddy P. Eye care utilization pattern in South Africa: results from SANHANES-1. BMC Health Services Research. 2020; 20(756): 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05621-8
4. Dukhi N, Sartorius B and Taylor M. A behavioural change intervention study for the prevention of childhood obesity in South Africa: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2020; 20(179): 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8272-1
5. Dukhi N. Over nutrition in children and adolescents. AS Nutritional Health. 2019; 3(10): 172-173. DOI: 10.31080/ASNH.2019.03.0470
6. Dukhi N and Taylor M. A focus on four popular “Functional foods” as part of a strategy to combat metabolic disease through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science. 2018; 6(2): 294-306.
7. Sartorius B, Sartorius K, Taylor M, Aagaard-Hansen J, Dukhi N, Day C, Ndlovu N, Slotow R and Hofman K. Rapidly increasing body mass index among children, adolescents and young adults in a transitioning population, South Africa, 2008–15. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2017; 0(0): 1-11. DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyx263
8. Dukhi N, Sartorius B and Taylor M. Mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) performance versus weight for height in South African children (0-59 months) with acute malnutrition. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017; 30(2): 24-28. DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2016.1255483
9. Dukhi N, Sartorius B and Taylor M. Stunting in children (0-59 months): Prevalence, risk factors and spatial clustering in iLembe district, South Africa. Early Child Development and Care. 2017; 187(12): 1874–1886. DOI:10.1080/03004430.2016.1193501.
10. Dukhi N, Southwood S and Srinivas SC. Reflection on active student engagement in an integrative learning context: A case study in Health Promotion. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. 2015; 48(3): 1-5. DOI: 10.5530/ijper.48.3.1
11. Dukhi N and Srinivas SC. Combating increasing Chronic Non Communicable Diseases: The need, progress and way forward for Health Promoting Schools in South Africa. Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2014; 7(3): 2-9. DOI:10.5530/ijopp.7.3.2
12. Srinivas SC, Wrench W, Bradshaw K and Dukhi N. HIV/AIDS: Preliminary health promotion activity based on service-learning principles from Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. 2013; 47(1): 106-112. URL:http://www.ijper.org/article/48
13. Srinivas SC, Wrench W, Bradshaw K and Dukhi N. Hypertension: Preliminary health promotion activity based on service-learning principles at a South African National Science Festival. International Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice. 2012; 8(2): 1-11. (This journal from Samford University is redundant now.)
14. Srinivas SC, Wrench W, Bradshaw K and Dukhi N. Diabetes Mellitus: Preliminary health promotion activity based on service- learning principles at a South African National Science Festival. Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa. 2011; 16(2): 101-106.
15. Srinivas SC, Dukhi N and Wrench W. Obesity: Increased risk of chronic non-communicable diseases in South Africa and India. Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2009; 2(3): 1-7.
Articles published and under peer review:
16. Mugabe JO, Kulohoma B, Ubalijoro E, Matoke-Muhia D, Badu K, Ndung'u T, Muchie M, Gitaka J, Thorn J, Dukhi N, Fagbamigbe AF, Sogbanmu T, Kapulu M, Muposhi V, Bouhaouala-Zahar B and Mwaure G. Securing Africa’s Health Sovereignty Why Investing in Research and Innovation Matters. AAS Open. https://aasopenresearch.org/documents/3-52
17. Aloui-Zarrouk Z, El Youssfi L, Badu K, Fagbamigbe AF, Matoke-Muhia D, Ngugi C, Dukhi N and Mwaura G. The widespread wearing of masks: a choice or a necessity? AAS Open Research. 2020. Published online https://doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.13079.1
18. Badu K, Thorn J, Goonoo N, Dukhi N, Fagbamide AF, Kulohoma BW, Oyebola K, Abdelsalam SI, Doorsamy W, Awe O, Sylverken AA, Egeru A and Gitaka J. Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: A review of the nature of the virus, impacts and implications for preparedness. AAS Open Research. 2020. Published online https://doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.13060.1
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchOther Experience and Professional Memberships 2009- Member of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA): 20170022 2009- Member of the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA): 0893 2009 Mentor/lecturer in the Triune Uganda 2009 Global Project for Pharmacy and Social science students from countries in Africa, America, Europe and Asia 2009-2011 Member of District Health Promoting Schools Committee, Eastern Cape, South Africa. 2010-2012 Member of Rhodes University Senate Plagiarism Committee. 2010-2013 Chapter Advisor and Staff President for Golden Key International Honor Society 2011 Honorary Member of Golden Key International Honor Society. 2011-2013 Staff-Student Liaison Officer for Rhodes University Pharmacy Students Association (RUPSA). 2011-2013 House Warden – Lilian Britten Female residence at Rhodes University. 2017- 2019 Member of the KZN Provincial Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP) Task Team 2017- Member of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE): 13003 2017- Scientific and Technical Committee & Editorial Review Board Member: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. 2017- Executive Board of Directors of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) 2017- 2019 Chair of the PHASA Scientific Committee 2017- 2019 Member of The IUHPE Student and Early Career Network (ISECN) sub-committee for the IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion in 2019. 2017- Full member of Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World: Member ID: 6912 2018-19 Member of the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition: 1895. 2019- African Academy of Science (AAS) Affiliate Member for the period 2019-2023. 2019- Vice-Chair of AAS Affiliate Coordinating Committee (ACC) 2019- Lead of the AAS Affiliate Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Mental Health Working Group 2019 Reviewer for 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Interdisciplinary) 2019- Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network membership Reviewer 2014- Reviewer for Journal Health SA Gesondheid 2016- Reviewer for Journal of Tropical Paediatrics 2017- Reviewer for Journal Child Indicators Research 2018- Reviewer for Journal BMC Public Health Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants 2004 DAAD/NRF Joint In-Country Honors Scholarship 2005 NRF Free Standing Masters Scholarship 2017 NRF Innovation Post-Doctoral Scholarship 2017 Recipient of the Newton Fund Researcher Links Trilateral Workshop: Towards Universal Health Coverage – promoting and responding to Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health 2018 Recipient of the Gro Brundtland Award 2018 for outstanding work in the field of public health and sustainable development. National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. 2019 Successful completion with distinction of the African ChangeMakers Fellowship Cohort 3 2019 NRF BRICS Multilateral Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Grant awarded (SA and overall study PI) 2020-2022 at value R2.5 million. “Characterizing Risk Indicators to cause Anaemia Prevalence among young Children and Adolescents in BRICS countries (India, SA, Russia) using Machine Learning Approach and Agent-Based Modelling”
Workshop and Conference Attended2006 Durban, South Africa 34th Physiology Society of South Africa (PSSA) conference meeting2009 Durban, South Africa 5th Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference2018 Durban, South Africa BRICS Young Scientist Forum2018 University of Western-Cape, Western Cape South Africa- Sweden University Forum2018 Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa BRICS and African Development Conference: A Catalyst for Economic Partnerships in Africa2018 Taichung, Taiwan Gro Brundtland Week2019 Nairobi, Kenya Connecting Minds Africa Conference
AffiliationsPublic Health Association of South Africa (PHASA)Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA)International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)The Society for Implementation Science in NutritionAfrican Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Other AwardsApr 2018Gro Brundtland Award 2018The 2018 Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development aims to promote the global development of sustainability and public health. It commits to engage young female researchers and promote the study of global issues in public health and sustainable development, ranging from women and children health, Epidemiology, to environmental sustainability. The Gro Brundtland Week is a three-year project granted by Tang Prize Foundation for National Cheng Kung University, from 2016 to 2018, aiming to establish and promote an international collaboration and partnership platform for female researchers.