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Health Equity in Africa

Mike Strauss

  • Research fellow
  • Health Systems Strengthening

Mike is a research fellow at HEARD working primarily in the Health Systems Strengthening Programme on various projects including the HIV Provincial Prevalence Study in South Africa, and the evaluation of attitudes towards self-testing for HIV in Kenya. He has been involved in a number of economic costing studies for HIV related interventions. Currently, he is working on a cost-effectiveness evaluation of the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures Intervention being rolled out in the Gender Equality and Health Programme. Additionally he is working with UNAIDS and Namibian Ministry of Health to develop the Namibia Investment Case Framework. He has worked on a number of technical consultancies for the WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, MSF, SANAC and South African Department of Health.

His research interests include health financing and policy, specifically, understanding the transition from HIV as an emergency to the integration of the HIV response into the Universal Health Care agenda. Mike recently graduated with a master’s degree in economics. For the completion of this degree, his study used a discrete choice experiment to investigate the preferences for school going adolescents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa regarding service delivery models for HIV testing and medical circumcision. Prior to his involvement at HEARD, Mike was involved in lecturing undergraduate economics and coordinating various tutorial programmes within the department.

Latest Publications

Research outputs

Journal article

George, G. Nota, P. Strauss, M. Lansdell, E. Peters, R. Brysiewicz, P. Nadesan-Reddy, N. Wassenaar, D. 2023. Examining the uptake of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses among healthcare workers in South Africa: A mixed-methods study. PLOS Global Public Health, 3:11.

George, G. Nota, P. Strauss, M. Lansdell, E. Peters, R. Brysiewicz, P. Nadesan-Reddy, N. Wassenaar, D. 2023. Examining healthcare worker willingness to promote COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa: the importance of a clear evidence base. South African Health Review, 25.

George, G. Nota, P. Strauss, M. Lansdell, E. Peters, R. Brysiewicz, P. Nadesan‐Reddy, N, Wassenaar, D. 2023. Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Workers in South Africa. Vaccines, 11, 414.

Mantell, J. Khalifa, A. Christian, S. Romo, M. Mwai, E. George, G. Strauss, M. Govender, K. Kelvin, E. 2022. Prefences, beliefs, and attitudes about oral fluid and blood-based HIV self-testing among truck drivers in Kenya choosing not to test for HIV. Frontiers in Public Health, 10, 911932.

George, G. Strauss , M. Lansdell, E. Nadesan-Reddy, N. Moroe, N. Reddy, T. Eshun-Wilsonova, I. Moshabela, M. 2022. South African University Staff and Students’ Perspectives, Preferences, and Drivers of Hesitancy Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines: A Multi-Methods Study. Vaccines.,10(8), 1250.

Mumbauer, A. Strauss, M. George, G. Ngwepe, P. Bezuidenhout, C. de Vos, L. Medina-Marino, A. 2021. Employment preferences of healthcare workers in South Africa: Findings from a discrete choice experiment. Plos one,16(4),1-17.

Hirsch-Moverman, Y. Strauss, M. George, G. Mutiti, A. Mafukidze, A. Shongwe, S. Dube, G. El Sadr, W. Mantell, J. Howard, A. 2021. Paediatric tuberculosis preventive treatment preferences among HIV-positive children, caregivers and healthcare providers in Eswatini: a discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open.

Rabkin, M. Strauss, M. Mantell, J. Mapingure, M. Masvawure, T. Lamb, M. Zech, J. Musuka, G. Chingombe, I. Msukwa, M. Boccanera, R. 2020. Optimizing differentiated treatment models for people living with HIV in urban Zimbabwe: Findings from a mixed methods study. PLoS ONE, 15(1), 1-14.

Strauss, M. George, G. Mantell, J. Mapingure, M. Masvawure, T. Lamb, M. Zech, J. Musuka, G. Chingombe, I. Msukwa, M. Boccanera, R. 2020. Optimizing Differentiated HIV Treatment Models in Urban Zimbabwe: Assessing Patient Preferences Using a Discrete Choice Experiment. AIDS and Behavior, 25(2), 397-413.

Romo, M.L., George, G., Mantell, J.E., Mwai, E., Nyaga, E., Strauss, M., Odhiambo, J.O., Govender, K., Kelvin, E.A. 2019 Depression and sexual risk behavior among long-distance truck drivers at roadside wellness clinics in Kenya PeerJ 7:e7253 DOI 10.7717/peerj.7253

George, G., Chetty, T., Strauss, M., Inoti, S., et al. (2018) Costing analysis of an SMS-based intervention to promote HIV selftesting amongst truckers and sex workers in Kenya PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0197305

Strauss M., George G., Lansdell E., Mantell JE., Govender K., Romo M., Odhiambo J., Mwai E., Nyaga EN and Kelvin EA (2018) HIV Testing Preferences Among Long Distance Truck Drivers in Kenya: A Discrete Choice Experiment AIDS Care, 30(1), pp72-80, doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1367086

George, G., Strauss, M and Asfaw, E (2017) The cost of demand creation activities and voluntary medical male circumcision targeting school-going adolescents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Plos One, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179854

Strauss M., George G and Rhodes B (2017) Designing human immunodeficiency virus counselling and testing services to maximize uptake among high school learners in South Africa: What matters? Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 44 (5), pp 290-296, DOI 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000586

Strauss, M., George, G and Rhodes, B.D (2016) Determining preferences related to HIV counselling and testing services among high school learners in KwaZulu-Natal: A discrete choice experiment AIDS and Behavior, DOI 10.1007/s10461-016-1602-8

Report

Poku, N.K., Strauss, M., Crankshaw, T.L. and Chareka, S. (2023). SRHR in East and Southern Africa HEARD Report

Research Brief

George, Gavin, Phiwe Babalo Nota, Michael Strauss, Emma Lansdell, Remco Peters, Petra Brysiewicz, Nisha Nadesan-Reddy, and Douglas Wassenaar. Examining Healthcare Workers' Willingness to Promote COVID- 19 Vaccines in South Africa. Issue Brief 2 (May 2023). HEARD, DRILL and FDP.

George, Gavin, Phiwe Babalo Nota, Michael Strauss, Emma Lansdell, Remco Peters, Petra Brysiewicz, Nisha Nadesan-Reddy, and Douglas Wassenaar. Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Workers in South Africa. Issue Brief (May 2023). HEARD, DRILL and FPD