Dr Saloshni Naidoo

Saloshni Nadoo

Prof 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
BiosketchProfessor Naidoo obtained her medical degree from the University of Natal in 1992, became a Public Health Medicine Specialist in 2003 and an Associate in the Division of Occupational Medicine in the College of Public Health Medicine in 2010. In 2006 she obtained a Master of Medicine Degree in Community Health from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and in 2011 her PhD from the Institute of Risk Assessment Science, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Her academic career spans 18 years, initially as a lecturer in the Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2003 and now as the Head of the Discipline of Public Health Medicine in the School of Nursing and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal; a post which she has held since 2015.
She is a C2 rated researcher in terms of the National Research Foundation’s rating standard. Her research interests focus on “Healthcare workers and the risk of their work environments” and “Environmental impacts on women and child health” and “Health Leadership through data driven decision making”. Amongst the multiple studies in which she is involved, she currently leads a cohort project studying the impact of prenatal pesticide exposure on maternal reproductive health and infant neurodevelopment in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Her publications highlight the plight of women working in small-scale agriculture and the risks faced by healthcare workers in the public health sector in South Africa.
During her academic career, she has raised research funding from national and international sources either as a PI or co-investigator. Her 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.
She actively participates in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She has supervised multiple masters and doctoral students. She has been an active member of the College of Public Health Medicine in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa since 2003. She has served as a councillor in the College of Public Health Medicine from 2008 to 2010, 2013 to 2015 and 2018 to 2020. Between 2015 and 2017, she chaired the Division of Occupational Medicine as the first female chair of the Division of Occupational Medicine.
She is part of the Provincial Steering Committee for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health Data Warehouse project which will establish a Provincial Health Data Centre which will increase the utility of health data to improve patient outcomes by integrating and consolidating person level data from existing core data systems currently in use in KZN.
List of Publications
Publications in the past two years

1. Kabongo, K.P. & Naidoo, S., 2021, ‘Factors associated with musculoskeletal pain in the past 12 months amongst female miners in a South African goldmine’, South African Journal of Physiotherapy 77(1), a1476. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp. v77i1.1476
2. Desiree Govender, Myra Taylor, Saloshni Naidoo. Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting: Perceptions of Healthcare Providers. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 2020:13 1607–1628.
3. Taylor M, Sartorius B, Naidoo S, de Vries H. Reducing Physical Aggression in High School Students in KwaZulu-Natal:A Cluster Randomized Trial. Violence and Victims. 2020, 35(6), 862-884.
4. Desiree Govender, Saloshni Naidoo, Myra Taylor. “I have to provide for another life emotionally, physically and financially”: understanding pregnancy, motherhood and the future aspirations of adolescent mothers in KwaZulu-Natal South, Africa. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020; 20: 620. Published online 2020 Oct 14. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03319-7
5. Govender R, Naidoo S. A comparison of knowledge and practices of universal precautions among public sector health care workers in Ugu north sub-district, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (2010–2014). S Afr J Infect Dis. 2020;35 (1), a162. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajid.v35i1.162.
6. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. Don’t Let Sexual and Reproductive Health become Collateral Damage in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Perspective. African Journal of Reproductive Health June 2020 (Special Edition on COVID-19); 24 (2):56 DOI: 10.29063/ajrh2020/v24i2s.9
7. Jonathan Fix, Isabella Annesi-Maesano , Isabelle Baldi , Mathilde Boulanger, Soo Cheng, Sandra Cortes, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Bruno Degano, Jeroen Douwes , Wijnand Eduard, Grethe Elholm , Catterina Ferreccio , Anne-Helen Harding, Mohamed Jeebhay, Kevin M Kelly, Hans Kromhout, Ewan MacFarlane, Cara Nichole Maesano, Diane Catherine Mitchell, Hussein Mwanga, Saloshni Naidoo, Beyene Negatu , Dorothy Ngajilo , Karl-Christian Nordby , Christine G Parks, Marc B Schenker, Aesun Shin , Torben Sisgaard, Malcolm Sim , Thibaud Soumagne, Peter Thorne, Keun-Young Yoo , Jane A Hoppin. Gender Differences in Respiratory Health Outcomes Among Farming Cohorts Around the Globe: Findings From the AGRICOH Consortium. J Agromedicine. 2020 Mar 17;1-12. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2020.1713274.
8. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. My Partner Was Not Fond of Using Condoms and I Was Not on Contraception”: Understanding Adolescent Mothers’ Perspectives of Sexual Risk Behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2020 Mar 18;20(1):366. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-08474-2.
9. Govender D, Naidoo S, Taylor M. Antenatal and Postpartum Depression: Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors among Adolescents’ in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Depress Res Treat. 2020 Jan 21;2020:5364521. doi: 10.1155/2020/5364521. eCollection 2020.
10. Banhela N, Naidoo P, Naidoo S. Association between pesticide exposure and paraoxonase-1 (PON1) polymorphisms, and neurobehavioural outcomes in children: a systematic review. Systematic Reviews. (2020) 9:109 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01330-9.
11. Renée A. Street, Angela Mathee, Stefan Tanda, Christoph Hauzenberger, Saloshni Naidoo, Walter Goessler. Recycling of scrap metal into artisanal cookware in the informal sector: A public health threat from multi metal exposure in South Africa. Science of the Total Environment. 2020;191:109860. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109860
12. Ntsikelelo Pefile, Joyce Diphale Mothabeng & Saloshni Naidoo (2019) Profile of patients with spinal cord injuries in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa: Implications for vocational rehabilitation, The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 42:6, 709-718, DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1428264
13. 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.
14. 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
15. 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
16. 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
17. Stevens F, Naidoo S, Taylor M, Knight SE. Perspectives on patients in South African communities. An analysis of medical students’ reflections on the meaning of disease and illness. African Journal of Health Professions Education. 2019 frican Journal of Health Professions Education 2019;11(1):6-11. DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2019.v11i1.1014
18. 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