Dr Saloshni Naidoo

Saloshni Nadoo

Dr Saloshni Naidoo

Academic Leader: Public Health Medicine
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 4383
E-mail: naidoos4@ukzn.ac.za

CampusHoward College
Research InterestsEnvironmental and Occupational impacts on the health of women, children and working populations; Adolescent health and risk taking behaviour
BiosketchSaloshni Naidoo is currently the Head of Department of Public Health Medicine. She is a South African trained clinician with postgraduate training in Public Health Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Health. She is an Associate of the Division of Occupational Medicine and a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine, in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She obtained her Doctoral degree from the Institute of Risk Assessment Science (IRAS) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2011.
She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and public health education and postgraduate supervision.

Her research interest focuses on the impact of occupational and environmental exposures on working populations, women’s reproductive health and child neurodevelopment and adolescent risk taking behaviour. She is part of an International Consortium of Agricultural Cohort studies (AGRICOH), which is examining the environmental and occupational exposures in agricultural settings associated with excess risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer, respiratory, neurologic and auto-immune disease, reproductive and allergic disorders.

Owing to her work on pesticide exposure she was part of the working group re-writing Volume 113 of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph on ‘Some Organochlorine Insecticides and Some Chlorphenoxy Herbicides”.

She has raised research funding from national and international sources either as a PI or co-investigator. International sources of funding include the National Institute of Health, USA, US AIDS, the South African Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), while local funding sources include the South African National Research Foundation and the Medical Research Council

Saloshni Naidoo is currently the Head of Department of Public Health Medicine. She is a South African trained clinician with postgraduate training in Public Health Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Health. She is an Associate of the Division of Occupational Medicine and a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine, in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She obtained her Doctoral degree from the Institute of Risk Assessment Science (IRAS) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2011.
She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and public health education and postgraduate supervision.

Her research interest focuses on the impact of occupational and environmental exposures on working populations, women’s reproductive health and child neurodevelopment and adolescent risk taking behaviour. She is part of an International Consortium of Agricultural Cohort studies (AGRICOH), which is examining the environmental and occupational exposures in agricultural settings associated with excess risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer, respiratory, neurologic and auto-immune disease, reproductive and allergic disorders.

Owing to her work on pesticide exposure she was part of the working group re-writing Volume 113 of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph on ‘Some Organochlorine Insecticides and Some Chlorphenoxy Herbicides”.

She has raised research funding from national and international sources either as a PI or co-investigator. International sources of funding include the National Institute of Health, USA, US AIDS, the South African Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), while local funding sources include the South African National Research Foundation and the Medical Research Council.


Current Projects:

1. PI of the SONKE: Mother and Child study which is a birth cohort study examining the impact of pesticides on women and their children funded from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the National Research Foundation.
2. Co-PI on the “Optimal Child Growth and Development – Building Thriving Communities through Risk Reduction from impacts of Nutrition, Environment and Social Constructs (OrCHID)” project which is one of the Flagship projects of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
3. Co-investigator on the ASENZE project which is a birth cohort study now in its third cycle of funding from the National Institute of Health (USA). This cohort study is currently studying early and concurrent determinants of adolescent risk and resilience, that will contribute to the development of effective preventive and supportive interventions in the cohort.



Selected Graduates:

Doctorate:

1. R Moodley (2018). Occupational risk and disease in dental practice: Recommendations to inform dental training in South Africa

Masters:

1. KP Kabongo (2018). Factors associated with work related musculoskeletal disorders in female gold miners in South Africa.

2. S Singh (2018). Work-related stress in nurses employed at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospital

3. S Rameshwarnath (2018). Risk Factors Associated with Nosocomial Infections in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital between 2014 and 2015

4. R Govender (2018). A comparative assessment of the knowledge, practices and determinants of needlestick injuries among healthcare workers in the public sector, Ugu north sub-district, KwaZulu-Natal

5. C Belo (2016). Prevalence and risk factors for latent tuberculosis infection among healthcare workers in Nampula central hospital, Mozambique

6. E Muneku (2015). A study of dust exposure and respiratory symptoms among informal quarry and stone crushers in Lusaka province of Zambia.

7. S Phaswana (2013). Latex Sensitisation and associated factors among healthcare workers using hypoallergenic latex gloves at King Edward V111 Hospital.

8. K Seevnarain (2012). Occupational factors associated with tuberculosis in health care workers working in the Durban south region of the eThekwini municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
List of PublicationsSelected Publications

1. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. Knowledge, attitudes and peer influences related to pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health among adolescents using maternal health services in Ugu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jul 11;19(1):928. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7242-y.

2. Naidoo S & Taylor M. The association of social influences, modelling behavior, self-efficacy and communication with teenage pregnancies among school students in South Africa. J Sch Nurs. 2019 doi: 10.1177/105984.0519855372

3. Naidoo S. Challenges for Exposure Science in Developing Countries. Ann Work Expo Health. 2019 Apr 22. pii: wxz029. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxz029. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31009026

4. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. Nurses’ perception of the multidisciplinary team approach of care for adolescent mothers and their children in Ugu, KwaZulu-Natal African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine. 2019. Vol 11, No 1 | a1936 |DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v11i1.1936

5. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Repeat Pregnancy among South African Adolescent Females. African Journal of Reproductive Health March 2019; 23 (1):73

6. Moodley R, Naidoo S, van Wyk J. Applying the perceptions of graduates on their dental training to inform dental curriculae from the perspective of Occupational Health. South African Dental Journal. 20018;73(5): Vol 73 no 5 p343 – p347.

7. Moodley R, Naidoo S, van Wyk J. “Pain and stress is part of my profession” a focus group study to inform dental training in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Afr J Health Professions Educ2018;10(2):96100.DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2018.v10i2.1005

8. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. Scoping review of risk factors of and interventions for adolescent repeat pregnancy: A public health perspective African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine. 2018;10(1), a1685. https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1685

9. Sharita Rameshwarnath and Saloshni Naidoo. Risk factors associated with nosocomial infections in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial hospital between 2014 and 2015. South African Journal of Infectious Disease. 2018; 1(1):1–8. https://doi.org/10.1080/23120053.2018.1453641

10. Pefile N, Mothabeng JD, Naidoo S. Profile of patients with spinal cord injuries in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa: Implications for vocational rehabilitation. J Spinal Cord Med. 2018 Feb 1:1-10. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1428264. [Epub ahead of print]

11. Moodley R, Van Wyk JM, Naidoo S. The prevalence of occupational health-related problems in dentistry: A review of the literature. J Occup Health. 2018 Mar 27;60(2):111-125. doi: 10.1539/joh.17-0188-RA.

12. Moodley R, Naidoo S, Van Wyk J. The prevalence of occupational health-related conditions among oral health practitioners in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. SADJ. 2017; 72 (10):448 – 454.

13. Naidoo S, Sartorius B, deVries H, Taylor M. Prevalence and risk factors associated with forced-sex among South African high school students. Journal of Community Health. J Community Health. 2017. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0354-3

14. Belo CF, Naidoo S. Prevalence and risk factors for latent tuberculosis infection among healthcare workers in Nampula Central Hospital, Mozambique. BMC Infectious Disease. BMC Infect Dis. 2017;17(1):408. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2516-4.

15. Pefile N, Mothabeng J, Naidoo S. Development of a multidisciplinary model to guide employment outcomes amongst people living with spinal cord injuries in South Africa. Journal of Medical Internet Research Protoc 2016 (Dec 6); 5(4):e238

16. Naidoo S, Sartorius BK, deVries H, Taylor M. Verbal bullying changes among students following an educational intervention using the Integrated Model for Behavior Change. Journal of School Health. 2016. 86(11); 813-822.

17. Naidoo R, Naidoo S, Hariparsad S. Disabling health: The challenge of incapacity leave and sickness absence management in the public health sector in KwaZulu-Natal Province. In South African Health Review 2016.

18. Muneku E, Naidoo S. Dust exposure, respiratory symptoms and disease among informal quarry workers in Lusaka Provnce, Zambia. Occ Hlth SA. 2015. 12(6): 12-16

19. Naidoo S and Taylor. 2015. HIV health literacy, sexual behaviour and self-reports of having tested for HIV among students. African Journal of AIDS Research. 2015;14(2):107-15

20. Phaswana SM and Naidoo S. The prevalence of latex sensitisation and allergy and associated risk factors among healthcare workers using hypoallergenic latex gloves at King Edward VIII Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2013 Dec 9;3(12):e002900. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002900.

21. Naidoo S and Taylor M. Association between South African high-school learners’ knowledge about tuberculosis and their intention to seek healthcare. Glob Health Action. 2013;6:21699. doi: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.21699.

22. Saloshni Naidoo, Kalesh Seevnarain, David L. Nordstrom. Tuberculosis infection control in primary health clinics in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Int J Tuberc Lung dis .2012; 16(12): 1600-4.

23. Naidoo S, London L, Burdorf A, Naidoo RN, Kromhout H. Occupational activities associated with a reported history of Malaria among women working in small-scale agriculture in South Africa. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011. 85(5):805-10.

24. Naidoo S, London L, Burdorf A, Naidoo RN, Kromhout H. Spontaneous miscarriages and infant deaths among female farmers in rural South Africa. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2011; 37(3):227-36.

25. Naidoo S, London L, Rother H-A, Burdorf A, Naidoo RN, Kromhout H. 2010. Pesticide safety training and practices in women working in small-scale agriculture in South Africa. Occup Environ Med. 2010 67: 823-828.

26. Naidoo S, Kromhout H, London L, Naidoo RN, Burdorf A. 2009. Musculoskeletal pain in women working in small-scale agriculture in South Africa. Am J Ind Med. 2009.52(3):202-209.

27. Naidoo S, London L, Burdorf A, Naidoo RN, Kromhout H. 2008. Agricultural Activities, Crop Production and Pesticide Use among women working in small scale farming in two areas of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, SA. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2008.14(3); 218-224.

28. Naidoo S, Jinabhai CC. TB in health care workers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Int J Tuberc Lung dis.2006. 10(6); 676-82.

29. Naidoo S. Compensation reporting of occupationally acquired TB in health care workers in public sector hospitals, eThekwini municipality, KwaZulu-Natal. Occupational Health Southern Africa. 2006. 12(4); 3-7.