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Simamkele Bokolo

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PhD candidate

simamkele.bokolo@gmail.com, Centre for Communication, Media and Society, Ground Floor, Memorial Tower Building, BA (Hons) (UJ), MA (UJ), MA (UKZN)


Simamkele Bokolo is a PhD candidate at The Centre for Communication, Media and Society. She has worked in HIV prevention and treatment programmes with a specific focus on the delivery of prevention services at a community level. She has interest on establishing the role of communities and structures within communities in improving health communication and the promotion of prevention interventions. In her Masters she completed a study that explored the readiness of adolescent girls and young women to adopt oral PrEP from a school based perspective. Simamkele is an emerging scholar with particular interest in studying the cultural contexts that affect health communication. For her PhD study, she is working from a broader COVID-19 study that seeks to propose a people’s science approach to COVID-19 prevention. Her particular study seeks to explore how rural, township and informal communities interpret and reconstruct the COVID-19 prevention messages. Her study uses photovoice to capture and understand the lived experiences of participants in these communities.

Simamkele’s research will contribute to the on-going research on COVID-19 from a cultural and social context which is important the Social Change and Health Communication field of study.






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