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Dr Constance Mackworth-Young

BA MSc PhD

Research Fellow

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

 

My research focuses on young people and sexual and reproductive health in Southern Africa. As a Research Fellow at LSHTM, I am currently conducting social science research on sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Zimbabwe.

I am additionally conducting social science research on COVID-19, including i) looking at community perspectives in Zimbabwe, ii) the social, ethical and behavioural implications of COVID-19 in the UK, and iii) collating and sharing best practice of remote research methods

My PhD explored the impact of HIV on the everyday lives of young women through ethnographic study in Lusaka, Zambia. Before and during my PhD I was based at Zambart in Zambia for four years until 2018. There I conducted and collaborated on a range of research studies with young people and on HIV.

Before working in research at LSHTM and Zambart, I worked in public health policy at the World Health Organization and a think tank working on access to medicines. I hold an undergraduate degree in Biological and Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health and a PhD, both from LSHTM.

I was selected to participate in the Aurora HE Leadership Scheme, and am a member of the 2020 cohort.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I am a lecturer on Qualitative Methods.

Research

As a Research Fellow at LSHTM, I am currently conducting social science research in Zimbabwe, focused on the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services for young people.

I am leading the social science research within the CHIEDZA study, a community-based intervention to improve HIV outcomes in adolescents: a cluster randomised trial led by the Zimbabwe-LSHTM Research Partnership. I am conducing social scientist research on the YCHECK project, in the Zimbabwe site, designing routine health checks during adolescence, in collaboration with the World Health Organization. I am conducting social science research on the Zvatinoda! study, a feasibility study of a mobile health intervention to increase demand and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services among young people.

I am additionally currently working on studies relating to COVID-19. Together with the  the Biomedical Research Training Institute in Zimbabwe, I led research to understand community perspectives of COVID-19 and the government response in Zimbabwe. Results have been published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Open Site and presented to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health Social Science Taskforce. I am working in partnership with Oxford University on the SEBCOV study to investigate the social, ethical and behavioural aspects of COVID-19 across five countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Italy, Slovenia and UK. Additionally, I worked collating and sharing best practice in remote research to provide guidance for researchers in low- and middle-income countries planning and adapting studies where face-to-face research is no longer possible.

I was awarded my PhD in early 2020, which was entitled 'An ethnographic study on the everyday lives of young women living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia' and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. In this PhD research, I explored the issues and implications of secrecy surrounding HIV, restrictions placed on young people living with HIV, and conducted a temporal analysis of young people's experience of HIV over time. I have also investigated methodological approaches, including participatory arts-based methods, and ethical issues around conducting research with young people.

Additionally, while at Zambart from 2014-2018, I conducted and collaborated on several studies around young people, HIV and sexual and reproductive health. This included a mixed methods evaluation of a peer-led support group intervention for adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia (Tikambisane). Additionally I conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis from the PopART for Youth study (P-ART-Y), a RCT evaluating 'test and treat' intervention amongst adolescents in 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa. And I conducted qualitative research to understand the key challenges and support needs of adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia as they transition into adulthood

Research Area
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Gender
Ethnography
Mixed methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Anthropology
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Coming of age with HIV: a temporal understanding of young women's experiences in Zambia.
Mackworth-Young CRS; Bond V; Stangl AL; Chonta M; Wringe A
2020
AIDS Care
Secrets and Silence: Agency of Young Women Managing HIV Disclosure.
Mackworth-Young CRS; Bond V; Wringe A
2020
Medical Anthropology: cross-cultural studies in health and illness
Critical Reflections on Individual Collages as a Research Method With Young Women Living With HIV in Zambia
Mackworth-Young CRS; Wringe A; Clay S; Chonta M; Chiiya C; Konayuma K; Sievwright K; Mbewe M; Mwale M; Stangl AL
2020
Emerging Adulthood
Social, ethical and behavioural aspects of COVID-19
Pan-ngum W; Poomchaichote T; Cuman G; Cheah P-K; Waithira N; Mukaka M; Naemiratch B; Kulpijit N; Chanviriyavuth R; Asarath S-A
2020
Wellcome Open Research
Navigating 'ethics in practice': An ethnographic case study with young women living with HIV in Zambia.
Mackworth-Young CRS; Schneiders ML; Wringe A; Simwinga M; Bond V
2019
Global Public Health
\"My mother told me that I should not\": a qualitative study exploring the restrictions placed on adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia.
Mackworth-Young CR; Bond V; Wringe A; Konayuma K; Clay S; Chiiya C; Chonta M; Sievwright K; Stangl AL
2017
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Community intervention improves knowledge of HIV status of adolescents in Zambia: findings from HPTN 071-PopART for youth study.
Shanaube K; Schaap A; Chaila MJ; Floyd S; Mackworth-Young C; Hoddinott G; Hayes R; Fidler S; Ayles H; HPTN 071 (PopART) Study Team
2017
AIDS (London, England)
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