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Media statement

26 June 2014

Rachel Jewkes hailed by Thomson Reuters as highly cited researcher

The South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) Professor Rachel Jewkes was recently named among the Highly Cited Researchers by the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals, Thomson Reuters.

Professor Jewkes, who is Director of the SAMRC's Gender and Health Research Unit and an Honorary Professor in the Wits School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is among the three thousand researchers who earned the distinction by writing the greatest number of reports which are officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers. They rank among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact. Professor Jewkes is an NRF A-rated researcher and an Acting Vice-President at the SAMRC.

For two decades, Professor Jewkes has undertaken research into the interface of gender inequity and gender-based violence and health, particularly HIV/AIDS, at the SAMRC.

Her work has followed a public health approach, with an emphasis on describing the scale and nature of the problem of gender-based violence in South Africa through epidemiology, understanding its context and the dimensions and dynamics of gender inequity in relationships using qualitative methods, and developing and evaluating interventions for responses in the health, education and NGO sectors.

She is also the Director of a R 300 million DFID-funded Global Programme ‘What works to Prevent Violence?’ which seeks to develop knowledge globally on what drives and how to prevent violence against women and girls.

“The South African Medical Research Council is proud that the scholarly work done by Rachel Jewkes and her team on intimate partner violence is getting the publicity it deserves. Rachel Jewkes’ research on intimate partner violence first linked HIV susceptibility and violence and her ongoing work in this field continues to be ground-breaking”, said Professor Glenda Gray President of the South African Medical Research Council.

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