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Sara Jewett Nieuwoudt

Sara Jewett Nieuwoudt has coordinated the postgraduate field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) since early 2011. She also manages the Wits component of a 5 year project to strengthen the SBCC capacity of the Ministry of Health, universities and civil society in Malawi.

Dr. Nieuwoudt completed her mixed methods PhD on the influences of infant feeding decision-making in the context of HIV in 2019. Her research interests include SBCC and research capacity strengthening on the African continent as well as health communication in the areas of infant feeding and HIV prevention. Prior to joining academia, Ms. Nieuwoudt worked on HIV prevention and capacity building programs/studies in Vietnam, the US, and Ethiopia.


  • 2010–present
    Public Health Consultant, various (UNICEF, N'weti, Soul City, etc.)
  • 2011–present
    Lecturer / Coordinator Social and Behaviour Change Communication field of study, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2009–2010
    New Partners Initiative (NPI) Technical Manager, Field Liaison , Academy for Educational Development
  • 2007–2009
    Health Technical Advisor, CARE International in Vietnam


  • 2007 
    Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH
  • 2000 
    Duke University, BA (International Comparative Studies)


  • 2018
    Frontline health workers and exclusive breastfeeding guidelines in an HIV endemic South African Community: a qualitative exploration of policy translation, International Breastfeeding Journal
  • 2017
    The Power of Song in the Struggle for Health and Development Outcomes in Africa: Lessons for Social and Behaviour Change Programmes, Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism
  • 2014
    Health Promotion is Ethical, South African Journal of Bioethics and Law
  • 2013
    SBCC capacity strengthening initiative - a South African university practitioner partnership, Global Health Action
  • 2013
    Mainstreaming the social determinants of health in South Africa: Rhetoric or reality?, South African Health Review 2012

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) PhD Fellowship
    Primary Recipient (PhD fellow)
    Funding Source:
    CARTA (Carnegie Corporation of New York (Grant No--B 8606.R02), Sida (Grant No:54100029), the DELTAS Africa Initiative (Grant No: 107768/Z/15/Z). The DELTAS Africa Initiative is an independent funding scheme of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and supported by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) with funding from the Wellcome Trust (UK) (Grant No: 107768/Z/15/Z)

Professional Memberships

  • Public Health Association of South Africa