HERStory Study


This study is an evaluation of the Young Women and Girls (YWG) programme in ten South African districts

The young women and girls programme combines effective biomedical, behavioural and structural interventions to improve the lives of South African young women and girls.  The programme is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.  The programme is being implemented in 10 districts by a range of government and civil society organisations.  The programme is aligned with the She Conquers campaign, and is implemented with support from the South African National AIDS Council.

The HERStory Study evaluates whether the programme is making a difference to the lives of young women and girls in South Africa.


Watch this space: The HERStory report will be shared soon





Posters and Presentations

Narratives of Mental Health Amongst Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Five South African Provinces Adolescent Girls’ and Young Women’s Perspectives on the Effects of Participating in a South African Combination HIV Prevention Intervention funded by the Global Fund

Attitudes towards HIV Testing Amongst Young People in Five South African Provinces

Mental health challenges faced by adolescent girls and young women in five South African provinces: perceptions,  experiences, and the impact of a combination HIV prevention intervention
South African adolescent girls’ and young women’s communication with and support from parents and teachers: implications for sexual and reproductive health decisions    


Study Map

Study team, partners and funding

Investigators Collaborating Partners
  • South African Medical Research Council
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Epicentre AIDS Risk Management
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service  (NICD/NHLS)
  • University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Brown University (USA)
  • South African National AIDS Council
  • Soul City
  • Western Cape Government
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal Government
  • Khet’Imphilo
  • Global Fund

Study sponsorship and funding Statement
The evaluation is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under terms of the cooperative agreement 1U2GGH001150 and the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Contact Details
Please contact us if you would like further information about the study.

  • South African Medical Research Council Principal Investigator: Catherine Mathews (English, Afrikaans) :  082 3310211
  • South African Medical Research Council Project Manager: Kim Jonas (Swati, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho) 073 962 5781
  • South African Medical Research Council Ethics Committee: Adri Labuschagne (English, Afrikaans) :  021 9380687
  • Epicentre Project Manager: David Khanyile (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho, Swazi): 083 393 0603

We care about the health and well-being of young women and girls!