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Kim Jonas

Maastricht University, School of Public Health and Primary Care, Netherlands

Kim Jonas

Kim Jonas, PhD, MA, BCM
Specialist Scientist, Health Systems Research Unit, The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Kim Jonas is a public health specialist with extensive experience in the field of public health including but not limited to HIV and AIDS, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, monitoring and evaluations, and research management and coordination. Dr Jonas is currently a specialist scientist in the Health Systems Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). In this position she conducts research related to: health systems strengthening, improving healthcare access and use under the context of UHC, policy implementation and evaluation,  improving adolescents and young people’s health and wellbeing (such as access to sexual and reproductive health care services and use). She coordinates UHC related activities where she is responsible for organizing webinars and forum discussions focusing on UHC and the National Health Insurance (NHI) current debates within the organization. She is also supervising postgraduate students from international and local universities where she acts as the academic co-supervisor. In her research trajectory, Dr Jonas has published a number of peer reviewed papers and is also a reviewer of some well-known journals such as the BMC Public Health journal. She is a member of a national technical working (TWG) for adolescents and youth HIV prevention TWG which is coordinated by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).

She obtained her PhD from Maastricht University in the Netherlands in 2017; her Master’s (2013) and Bachelor’s degrees (2007, 2009) from the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. She also possesses several other training certificates from different international and local institutions.


  • Jonas, K., Kalichman, M., Kalichman, S. et al. Factors affecting men’s support for the use of the contraceptive implant by their female intimate partners. Contracept Reprod Med 5, 36 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40834-020-00140-7
  • Jonas, K., Duby, Z., Maruping, K., Dietrich J., Slingers N., Harries J., Kuo C., Mathews C. Perceptions of contraception services among recipients of a combination HIV-prevention interventions for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa: a qualitative study. Reprod Health 17, 122 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-020-00970-3
  • Jonas K, Ramraj T, Goga A, Bhana A, Mathews C. Achieving universal health coverage for adolescents in South Africa: health sector progress and imperatives. South African Health Review 2019. 2020 (1): 155-166.
  • Jonas K, Roman N, Reddy P, Krumeich A, van den Borne B, Crutzen R. Nurses’ perceptions of adolescents accessing and utilizing sexual and reproductive healthcare services in Cape Town, South Africa: A qualitative study. International journal of nursing studies. 2019 1;97:84-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.05.008
  • Jonas K, Crutzen R, Krumeich A, Roman N, van den Borne B, Reddy P. Healthcare workers’ beliefs, motivations and behaviours affecting adequate provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare services to adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. 2018 Feb 6; 18:109.
  • Jonas K, Crutzen R, van den Borne B, Reddy P. Healthcare workers’ behaviors and personal determinants associated with providing adequate sexual and reproductive healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2017 Mar 13; 17(1):86.
  • Jonas K, Reddy P, van den Borne B, Sewpaul R, Nyembezi A, Naidoo P, Crutzen R. Predictors of nurses’ and midwives’ intentions to provide maternal and child healthcare services to adolescents in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research. 2016 Nov 15;16(1):658.
  • Jonas K, Crutzen R, van den Borne B, Sewpaul R, Reddy P. Teenage pregnancy rates and associations with other health risk behaviours: a three-wave cross-sectional study among South African school-going adolescents. Reproductive health. 2016 May 4;13(1):1.
  • Jonas K, Naidoo P, Roman NV, Gutiérrez LA, Feixas G. Predictors of quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction in individuals living with HIV and AIDS in a resource-constrained setting in South Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa. 2015 Mar 4;25(2):95-9.