Research Project: Evaluation and improvement of adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in HIV positive pregnant women in a low resource setting

Postdoc Year(s): 2015-2016

Dr. Ngomba-Kadima is an international fellow from Lesotho, Africa. Her CTN-funded research looks at evaluating and improving the adherence to ART in pregnant women living with HIV in a low resource setting.

Lesotho has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world – a staggering 23% of the population are living with HIV. Given the large number of women living with HIV in the country, Lesotho contributes greatly to the estimated 330,000 new HIV infections that occur yearly through vertical (mother to child) transmission. In 2013, the World Health Organization recommended initiation of combination ART (cART) for all infected pregnant or breast feeding women in Lesotho. The goal of this research project is to investigate and improve adherence to this type of care and therapy for HIV-positive pregnant women, in order to reduce the number of new vertical infections in Lesotho.

Dr. Ngomba-Kadima studied at the University of Kinshasa, Congo, before moving to Lesotho. Since then, she has worked at several hospitals, and now works as a family medicine doctor at Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital. Her Canadian supervisors are Drs. Lawrence Mbuagbaw and Lehana Thabane, and Dr. Kyaw Thin in Lesotho.