Lungiswa Nkonki is a PhD fellow at the Health Systems Research Unit (HSRU) at the South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa. She has been working in public health as a researcher for about eight years. Her training includes MPH (Health Economics) from the University of Cape Town, M.Sc. (Economics) from the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, and PhD candidate at the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. The main themes of her research work are: measuring inequality in child health outcomes; costing analysis of lay health workers in a community randomized controlled trials (these trials were aimed at improving neonatal and child health); experiences of lay health workers in promoting exclusive infant feeding; and missed opportunities in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She also have an interest in retention and attrition of lay health workers, systematic reviews and the use of qualitative research in health economics.
1 March 2011