Is depression a barrier to receiving social support among aging adults in rural South Africa?

Head shot of Elyse Jennings

A study by researchers affiliated with the population-based study Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI), including Harvard Pop Center Research Scientist Elyse Jennings, PhD, finds that those study participants reporting symptoms of depression were less likely to receive some types of social support, and there were differences according to gender and marital status.

Education is not only factor in cognitive health disparities between older men and women in rural South Africa

Researchers affiliated with HAALSI, a longitudinal project focused on an aging population in South Africa, have published a study that emphasizes the need for additional research focused on strengthening the cognitive resilience of older women, given the predominately female composition of aging populations worldwide.

Despite ART rapidly scaling up, level of knowledge of HIV among general population in sub-Saharan Africa has not

Alexander Tsai, MD, PhD, is co-author of a study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society that indicates that has been a minimal increase in HIV knowledge across 33 sub-Saharan African countries over time, despite rapid antiretroviral therapy scale-up.

Medical symptoms of girls in sub-Saharan Africa found to be under reported by parents

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Margaret McConnell, PhD, is co-author on a paper that has found that parents appear to under report the symptoms of girls, which could be linked to their poorer health outcomes. The study is published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Photo: Rod Waddington on Flickr

Working paper: Up, Down & Reciprocal: The Dynamics of Intergenerational Transfers, Family Structure & Health in a Low-Income Context

Harvard Bell Fellow Collin Payne is lead author on a working paper that explores the complex nature of how resources are shared and redistributed within a family in the absence of a public pension system in a rural sub-Saharan African setting.

Increase in HIV stigma linked to decreased use of skilled childbirth facilities in Uganda

Alexander Tsai, PhD, MD, a former RWJF Health & Society Scholar at Harvard, and currently a member of the Harvard Pop Center faculty, is co-author on a study published in Aids and Behavior that suggests that reducing the stigma of HIV could help to reduce maternal mortality and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.