Middle Childhood  

Khwezi Lokusa: Early Morning Star

Adapting an intervention to improve HIV testing of young children in South Africa through a community-based parenting programme

Khwezi Lokusa adapts the Lesotho Mphatlalatsane (Early Morning Star) HIV intervention component for delivery in South Africa, and tests the feasibility and acceptability of integrating the component into an existing community-based parenting programme.  

South Africa:


Cape Town

Children (2-9yrs) and their caregivers; key stakeholders

Qualitative interviews; pre- and post assessment

Community-based parenting programme

Child Community Care Study

A multinational study investigating the psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by HIV who receive services from community-based organisations (CBOs) in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia

HIV affected children (4-13 years) accessing community-based supported in the three countries participated along with their caregivers in the original study. A follow up study will be taking place in 2020 to provide longitudinal psychosocial data on child participants, now adolescents.

South Africa,



1228 children

(4-13 yrs) and their caregivers

Cross-sectional, with a follow up planned for 2020

Psychosocial support from


Children's experiences coping with trauma

Psychological impact of exposure to trauma in children growing up in conditions of chronic adversity

Measuring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms following exposure to acute psychological trauma in children aged 8-16 years, both in the immediate aftermath of trauma and over the subsequent six months.

South Africa:


Cape Town

40 children

(8-16 yrs) & their primary caregivers

6 weeks, 3 and 6mo post-trauma


intervention component


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