Dr Jabulani Ncayiyana



Dr Jabulani Ncayiyana

Dr Jabulani Ncayiyana


+27 (031) 260 4459




Howard College

Research Interests

Infectious disease epidemiology (especially TB and HIV), adolescent and child health, cancer epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and implementation science.

  Acting PhD Coordinator


Dr Jabulani Ncayiyana is an epidemiologist and senior lecturer in the Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He received MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and PhD in Epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in USA. He has a specific training and expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and implementation science, as well as advanced training in biostatistics (including causal inference methods) and spatial epidemiology.

He has won several awards including:  South Africa Tuberculosis AIDS Training Award (SATBAT) Fellowship (2011-13), NRF Freestanding Doctoral Scholarship for Study Abroad (2014-15), NIH HIV Prevention Trial Network (HPTN) International Scholar (2016-17), Fogarty IeDEA Mentorship Program (2020-21). He is also a member of the first cohort of the Future Professors Programme (FPP) (2020-21), an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).


Selected publications:

a.      Walters E, Scott L, Nabeta P, A Demers, Reubenson G, Bosch C, David A, van der Zalm M, Havumaki J, Palmer M, Hesseling AC, Ncayiyana J, Stevens W, Alland D, Denkinger C, Banada P. Molecular detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from stool in young children using a novel centrifugation-free processing method. Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2018) 56 (9) e00781-18. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00781-18 PMID: 29997199

b.      JR Ncayiyana, Bassett J, West N, Musenge E, Emch M, Westreich D, Pettifor A, Hanrahan CF, Schwartz SR, Sanne I, van Rie A. Prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection and predictive factors in an urban informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMC Infectious Diseases (2016) 16: 660. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-016-1989-x PMID: 27825307

c.      Umanah T, Ncayiyana JR, Nyasulu P. Predictors of cure among HIV co-infected multidrug-resistant TB patients at Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital Johannesburg, South Africa. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 109: 340-348. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trv025 PMID:25787727

d.      Umanah T, Ncayiyana JR, Padanilam X, Nyasulu P. Treatment outcomes in multidrug resistant tuberculosis-human immunodeficiency virus Co-infected patients on anti-retroviral therapy at Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital Johannesburg, South Africa. BMC Infectious Diseases. 15: 1-13. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-015-1214-3 PMID: 26511616

e.      Dhokotera TG, Bohlius J, Spoerri A, Egger M, Ncayiyana JR, Olago V, Singh E, Sengayi M. The Burden of Cancer Attributable to HIV in the South African Public Health Sector, 2004-2014: a record linkage study. Infectious Agents and Cancer (2019). 14(12) doi: 10.1186/s13027-019-0228-7 PMID: 31073325

f.       Ramaswamy R, Ncayiyana JR, Ibisomi L, Chirwa T, Salisbury K, Pettifor A. 2018 Using an implementation framework to build implementation science capacity in Africa: the UNC/Wits university collaboration. Proceedings from the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation. Implementation Science (Vol. 13 Suppl 4)

g.      Ramaswamy R, Chirwa T, Salisbury K, Ncayiyana JR, Ibisomi L, Rispel L, Pettifor A. Developing a Field of Study in Implementation Science for the Africa Region: The UNC/Wits AIDS Implementation Science Fogarty D43. Pedagogy in Health Promotion

h.      Habonimana D, Nimako G, Ncayiyana JR, Ndayisaba G, Ramaswamy R. Improving Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets Use in Kayange Community of North-Western Burundi: A Pilot Study Exploring the Use of Quality Improvement Methodologies in Low Resource Community Settings. BMJ Open Quality.