Ms. Ntokozo Mntambo

Ms. Ntokozo Mntambo


Discipline Psychology
Contact Number 031-260-1967
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address Lower Ground Floor, Office B354, MTB Building, Howard College Campus
Last Updated 2 years ago

Degrees Held

  • Master of Social Science (Research Psychology), University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of KwaZulu Natal

Research Interests

My research interests include health systems strengthening at the primary health care level, mental health and gender and sexuality.  

Teaching Interests

  • Research methods (qualitative and quantitative methods).

Complete Research Record / Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bhana, A., Mntambo, N., Gigaba, S. G., Luvuno, Z. P. B., Grant, M., Ackerman, D., … & Petersen, I. (2019). Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for common mental disorders in primary healthcare. South African Medical Journal, 109(4), 278-283. (DOI:7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i4.13664)
  • Petersen, I., Bhana, A., Folb, N., Thornicroft, G., Zani, B., Selohilwe, O., Petrus, R., Mntambo, N,. … & Lund, C. (2018). Collaborative care for the detection and management of depression among adults with hypertension in South Africa: study protocol for the PRIME-SA randomised controlled trial. Trials19(1), 192. (DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2518-6)
  • Fairall, L., Petersen, I., Zani, B., Folb, N., Georgeu-Pepper, D., Selohilwe, O., Petrus, R., Mntambo, N., Bhana, A., Lombard, C… & Bachmann, M. (2018). Collaborative care for the detection and management of depression among adults receiving antiretroviral therapy in South Africa: study protocol for the CobALT randomised controlled trial. Trials19(1), 193. (doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2517-7)
  • Wilford, A., Phakathi, S., Haskins, L., Jama, N.A., N., & Horwood, C.M (2018). Exploring the care provided to mothers and children by community health workers in South Africa: missed opportunities to provide comprehensive care. BMC public health, 18(1), 171.
  • Mugisha, J., Abdulmalik, J., Hanlon, C., Petersen, I., Lund, C., Upadhaya, N., Ahuja, S., Shidhaye, R., Mntambo, N., Alem, A., Gureje, O & Kigozi, F. (2017). Health systems context(s) for integrating mental health into primary health care in six Emerald countries: a situation analysis. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Vol 11(7). DOI: 10.1186/s13033-016-0114-2
  • Horwood, C., Butler, L., Barker, P., Phakathi, S., Haskins, L., Grant, M., Mntambo, N., & Rollins, N. (2017). A continuous quality improvement intervention to improve the effectiveness of community health workers providing care to mothers and children: a cluster randomised controlled trial in South Africa. Human resources for health, 15(1), 39.
  • Grant, M., Wilford, A., Haskins, L., Phakathi, S., Mntambo, N., & Horwood, C. M. (2017). Trust of community health workers influences the acceptance of community-based maternal and child health services. African journal of primary health care & family medicine, 9(1), 1-8.
  • Haskins, L.J., Phakathi, S.P., Grant, M., Mntambo, N., Wilford, A., & Horwood, C.M. (2016). Fragmentation of maternal, child and HIV services: A missed opportunity to provide comprehensive care. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, Vol 8(1). DOI: 10.4102/phcfm.v8i1.1240
  • Zissette, S., Watt, M.H., Prose, N.S., Mntambo, N., Moshabela, M. (2016). “If you don’t take a stand for your life, who will help you?” Men’s engagement in HIV care in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 17(3), 265-273. (

Policy Briefs

  • Validation of the Brief Mental Health Screening Tool (BMH)

Arvin Bhana, Ntokozo Mntambo, Gugu Gigaba, Merridy Grant, Dianne Ackerman, Zamasomi Luvuno, Ellen Ntswe & Inge Petersen (2018)

Project Involvement

  • (2018), Southern African Research Consortium for Mental Health Integration (SMHINT)

S-MhINT is a research- and capacity-building consortium in Southern Africa that aims to use implementation science to strengthen regional mental health integration into primary health, antenatal, and chronic care platforms in under-resourced areas of eastern South Africa, central Mozambique and southern Tanzania.

  • (2018), Mental Health Integration Project (MhINT)

The MhINT programme aims to facilitate the integration of mental health services in PHCs through a task-sharing approach that strengthens detection of common mental health disorders (i.e. depression and anxiety) and provides a referral pathway for patients within the PHC system.

  • (2015-2017), ProgRamme for Improving Mental Health CarE (PRIME)

The purpose of PRIME is to generate world-class research evidence on the implementation and scaling up of treatment programmes of priority mental disorders which can be widely adopted by policy makers and practitioners in low and middle-income countries, by addressing three major objectives in three overlapping phases across the 6 years of the research programme.

  • (2015-2017), Emerging Mental Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries (EMERALD)

EMERALD is an international research consortium which involves identifying key mental health system barriers to, and solutions for, the scaled-up delivery and the improvement of health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). The programme is comprised of six work packages which are implemented across six countries; South Africa, Nepal, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

  • (2014), KwaZulu Natal Initiative for Breastfeeding Support (KIBS)

The KIBS project aimed to investigate breastfeeding practices at 14weeks of age in all districts in KwaZulu Natal.

  • (2013-2014), Integration for service and sustainability (ISIS)

Project aimed to develop and implement a framework for the provision of integrated maternal and child health and HIV services in the well-child setting in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health.

  • (2012-2014), The Effectiveness of HIV-adapted Community Case Management Materials to Increase Uptake of MCH and HIV Interventions

This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of Community Case Management of Childhood Illness Training and Continuous Quality Improvement Supervision for CCGs to support MCNWH interventions.

  • (2011), The perceived roles of community care givers and the acceptability of implementing a community-based maternal, neonatal, child and women’s health intervention in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This aim of this study was to assess current community perceptions of the role of community care givers.

All projects mentioned above can be accessed at the following website: (

Teaching Expertise

  • Research methods (qualitative methods)

Student Supervision

I have supervised Masters Students in the School of Nursing and Public Health and from the School of Applied Human Sciences (Psychology).