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Prof Naeemah Abrahams
Unit Director
Contact Info
Tel: +21 (0) 21 938 0823
PhD and MPhil in Public Health

Naeemah is the Unit’s Director. She has a PhD and MPhil in Public Health and started her career as a nurse. She has worked in the area of gender based violence for the last 30+ years. She has an honorary appointment as an Honorary Professor with UCT Faculty of Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Her special interests are the health impact of gender based violence on women’s health with an interest in the interface between GBV and HIV. She also done research on the health sector responses to gender-based violence with a focus on post rape care. Her research skills are in both epidemiological and qualitative methods. Her current research activities include longitudinal research on the health impact of rape, sexual assault services - particular adherence to post exposure prophylaxis after rape to prevent HIV and mental health services for rape survivors. Naeemah has a large research portfolio on femicide and have documented femicide, intimate partner femicide, non-intimate partner femicide, rape murders and child murders through national studies in South Africa for almost twenty years. She is also involved in global research on estimating intimate partner and non-partner sexual violence and intimate partner femicide.