Working to Advance Health Equity in Africa


Siphumelele Nene

  • Research fellow
  • Disability, Health and Livelihoods
  • Email: nenes2@ukzn.ac.za
  • Office: +27 (0)31 260 8948

Siphumelele is currently a co-investigator on a South African Department of Social Development funded project investigating the psychosocial profile of men who commit rape in South Africa. She is also involved in a three country project studying HIV prevention and treatment interventions with mobile populations. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health and rights, mental health, HIV prevention and disability.

Siphumelele holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Prior to joining HEARD, she has worked as an Intern Counselling Psychologist at the Child and Family Centre in the School of Psychology at UKZN and as a research assistant within the Department of Psychiatry at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at UKZN

Pre-HEARD publications

Research outputs

Journal article

Hanass-Hancock, J., Chappell, P., Johns, R. & Nene, S. (2018) Breaking the silence through delivering comprehensive sexuality education to learners with disabilities in South Africa: Educators experiences Sexuality and Disability, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-018-9525-0

Hanass-Hancock, J., Nene, S, Johns, R and Chappell, P (2018) The Impact of Contextual Factors on Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Learners with Intellectual Disabilities in South Africa Sexuality and Disability, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-018-9526-z

Chappell, P., Johns, R., Nene, S and Hanass-Hancock, J (2017) Educators’ perceptions of learners with intellectual disabilities’ sexual knowledge and behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Sex Education, DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2017.1405801.

Hanass-Hancock, J., Nene, S., Deghaye, N and Pillay, S (2017) ‘These are not luxuries, it is essential for access to life’: Disability related out-of-pocket costs as a driver of economic vulnerability in South Africa African Journal of Disability, 6(0), https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod. v6i0.280