Dr Sana Mahtab

Senior Program Manager


Dr Sana Mahtab is a senior program manager the Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics (VIDA) Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand. She qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in 2007 from University of Karachi and Maters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from University of Cape Town, in 2015, and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Cape Town.

Her research focus with Wits VIDA is on HIV-associated complications and comorbidities in youth with perinatally acquired HIV on antiretroviral therapy in South Africa and reducing under 5 years mortality from leading causes of death. Sana has presented at local and international conferences her research outputs. Her current responsibility includes planning, implementation and management of the surveillance and epidemiological trials, mainly in under 5 population to get better identifying and understanding the causes of death, and preparation of research outputs from the research studies. She has experience in protocol development, implementing trials and statistical analysis.


Rees CA; Igunza KA; Madewell ZJ; Akelo V; Onyango D; El Arifeen S; Gurley ES; Hossain MZ; Rahman A; Alam M; Scott JAG; Assefa N; Madrid L; Belachew A; Leulseged H; Kotloff KL; Sow SO; Tapia MD; Keita AM; Sidibe D; Sitoe A; Varo R; Ajanovic S; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Tippett Barr BA; Ogbuanu I; Cain CJ; Bassey IA; Luke R; Gassama K; Madhi S; Dangor Z; Mahtab S; Velaphi S; du Toit J; Mutevedzi PC; Blau DM; Breiman RF; Whitney CG, 2023. Provider adherence to clinical care recommendations for infants and children who died in seven low- and middle-income countries in the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network.  EClinicalMedicine 63:102198

Mahtab S; Madewell ZJ; Madhi SA; Wise A; Swart PJ; Velaphi S; Mandomando I; Bramugy J; Mabunda R; Xerinda E; Scott AG; Assefa N; Madrid L; Bweihun M; Temesgen F; Onyango D; Akelo V; Oliech R; Otieno P; Verani JR; Arifeen SE; Gurley ES; Alam M; Rahman A; Hossain MZ; Sow S; Kotloff K; Tapia M; Keita AM; Sanogo D; Ogbuanu I; Ojulong J; Lako S; Ita O; Kaluma E; Wilson T; Mutevedzi P; Barr BAT; Whitney CG; Blau DM; Bassat Q, 2023. Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths Caused by Group B Streptococcus in Africa and South Asia Identified Through Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS).  Open Forum Infect Dis 10(9):ofad356

Bassat Q; Blau DM; Ogbuanu IU; Samura S; Kaluma E; Bassey IA; Sow S; Keita AM; Tapia MD; Mehta A; Kotloff KL; Rahman A; Islam KM; Alam M; El Arifeen S; Gurley ES; Baillie V; Mutevedzi P; Mahtab S; Thwala BN; Tippett Barr BA; Onyango D; Akelo V; Rogena E; Onyango P; Omore R; Mandomando I; Ajanovic S; Varo R; Sitoe A; Duran-Frigola M; Assefa N; Scott JAG; Madrid L; Tesfaye T; Dessie Y; Madewell ZJ; Breiman RF; Whitney CG; Madhi SA, 2023. Causes of Death Among Infants and Children in the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network.  JAMA Netw Open 6(7):e2322494

Madrid L; Vyas KJ; Kancherla V; Leulseged H; Suchdev PS; Bassat Q; Sow SO; El Arifeen S; Madhi SA; Onyango D; Ogbuanu I; Scott JAG; Blau D; Mandomando I; Keita AM; Gurley ES; Mahtab S; Akelo V; Sannoh S; Tilahun Y; Varo R; Onwuchekwa U; Rahman A; Adam Y; Omore R; Lako S; Xerinda E; Islam KM; Wise A; Tippet-Barr BA; Kaluma E; Ajanovic S; Kotloff KL; Hossain MZ; Mutevedzi P; Tapia MD; Rogena E; Moses F; Whitney CG; Assefa N, 2023. Neural tube defects as a cause of death among stillbirths, infants, and children younger than 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia: an analysis of the CHAMPS network.  Lancet Glob Health 11(7):e1041-e1052

Mahtab S; Madhi SA; Baillie VL; Els T; Thwala BN; Onyango D; Tippet-Barr BA; Akelo V; Igunza KA; Omore R; Arifeen SE; Gurley ES; Alam M; Chowdhury AI; Rahman A; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Ajanovic S; Sitoe A; Varo R; Sow SO; Kotloff KL; Badji H; Tapia MD; Traore CB; Ogbuanu IU; Bunn J; Luke R; Sannoh S; Swarray-Deen A; Assefa N; Scott JAG; Madrid L; Marami D; Fentaw S; Diaz MH; Martines RB; Breiman RF; Madewell ZJ; Blau DM; Whitney CG, 2023. Causes of death identified in neonates enrolled through Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS), December 2016 -December 2021.  PLOS Glob Public Health 3(3):e0001612

Madewell ZJ; Whitney CG; Velaphi S; Mutevedzi P; Mahtab S; Madhi SA; Fritz A; Swaray-Deen A; Sesay T; Ogbuanu IU; Mannah MT; Xerinda EG; Sitoe A; Mandomando I; Bassat Q; Ajanovic S; Tapia MD; Sow SO; Mehta A; Kotloff KL; Keita AM; Tippett Barr BA; Onyango D; Oele E; Igunza KA; Agaya J; Akelo V; Scott JAG; Madrid L; Kelil YE; Dufera T; Assefa N; Gurley ES; El Arifeen S; Spotts Whitney EA; Seib K; Rees CA; Blau DM, 2022. Prioritizing Health Care Strategies to Reduce Childhood Mortality.  JAMA Netw Open 5(10):e2237689

Quincer E; Philipsborn R; Morof D; Salzberg NT; Vitorino P; Ajanovic S; Onyango D; Ogbuanu I; Assefa N; Sow SO; Mutevedzi P; El Arifeen S; Tippet Barr BA; Scott JAG; Mandomando I; Kotloff KL; Jambai A; Akelo V; Cain CJ; Chowdhury AI; Gure T; Igunza KA; Islam F; Keita AM; Madrid L; Mahtab S; Mehta A; Mitei PK; Ntuli C; Ojulong J; Rahman A; Samura S; Sidibe D; Thwala BN; Varo R; Madhi SA; Bassat Q; Gurley ES; Blau DM; Whitney CG, 2022. Insights on the differentiation of stillbirths and early neonatal deaths: A study from the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network.  PLoS One 17(7):e0271662

Gonçalves BP; Procter SR; Paul P; Chandna J; Lewin A; Seedat F; Koukounari A; Dangor Z; Leahy S; Santhanam S; John HB; Bramugy J; Bardají A; Abubakar A; Nasambu C; Libster R; Sánchez Yanotti C; Horváth-Puhó E; Sørensen HT; van de Beek D; Bijlsma MW; Gardner WM; Kassebaum N; Trotter C; Bassat Q; Madhi SA; Lambach P; Jit M; Lawn JE, 2022. Group B streptococcus infection during pregnancy and infancy: estimates of regional and global burden.  Lancet Glob Health 10(6):e807-e819

Nunes MC; Hale MJ; Mahtab S; Mabena FC; Dludlu N; Baillie VL; Thwala BN; Els T; du Plessis J; Laubscher M; Mckenzie S; Mtshali S; Menezes C; Serafin N; van Blydenstein S; Tsitsi M; Dulisse B; Madhi SA, 2022. Clinical characteristics and histopathology of COVID-19 related deaths in South African adults.  PLoS One 17(1):e0262179

Mahtab S; Jao J; Myer L; Phillips N; Stein DJ; Zar HJ; Hoare J, 2022. The association between mental health and metabolic outcomes in youth living with perinatally acquired HIV in the Cape Town Adolescent Antiretroviral Cohort.  AIDS Care 34(9):1151-1158

Breiman RF; Blau DM; Mutevedzi P; Akelo V; Mandomando I; Ogbuanu IU; Sow SO; Madrid L; El Arifeen S; Garel M; Thwala NB; Onyango D; Sitoe A; Bassey IA; Keita AM; Alemu A; Alam M; Mahtab S; Gethi D; Varo R; Ojulong J; Samura S; Mehta A; Ibrahim AM; Rahman A; Vitorino P; Baillie VL; Agaya J; Tapia MD; Assefa N; Chowdhury AI; Scott JAG; Gurley ES; Kotloff KL; Jambai A; Bassat Q; Tippett-Barr BA; Madhi SA; Whitney CG, 2021. Postmortem investigations and identification of multiple causes of child deaths: An analysis of findings from the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network.  PLoS Med 18(9):e1003814

Blau DM; Baillie VL; Els T; Mahtab S; Mutevedzi P; Keita AM; Kotloff KL; Mehta A; Sow SO; Tapia MD; Tippett Barr BA; Oluoch BO; Onyango C; Revathi G; Verani JR; Abayneh M; Assefa N; Madrid L; Oundo JO; Scott JAG; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Sitoe A; Valente M; Varo R; Bassey IA; Cain CJ; Jambai A; Ogbuanu I; Ojulong J; Alam M; El Arifeen S; Gurley ES; Rahman A; Rahman M; Waller JL; Dewey B; Breiman RF; Whitney CG; Madhi SA, 2021. Deaths Attributed to Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Young Children in High-Mortality Rate Settings: Report from Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS).  Clin Infect Dis 73(Suppl_3):S218-S228

Mazur NI; Löwensteyn YN; Willemsen JE; Gill CJ; Forman L; Mwananyanda LM; Blau DM; Breiman RF; Madhi SA; Mahtab S; Gurley ES; El Arifeen S; Assefa N; Scott JAG; Onyango D; Tippet Barr BA; Kotloff KL; Sow SO; Mandomando I; Ogbuanu I; Jambai A; Bassat Q; Caballero MT; Polack FP; Omer S; Kazi AM; Simões EAF; Satav A; Bont LJ, 2021. Global Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Related Infant Community Deaths.  Clin Infect Dis 73(Suppl_3):S229-S237

Kar P; Millo T; Saha S; Mahtab S; Agarwal S; Goswami R, 2021. Osteogenic Mechanisms of Basal Ganglia Calcification and its ex vivo Model in the Hypoparathyroid Milieu.  Endocrinology 162.

Mahtab S; Scott C; Asafu-Agyei NAA; Machemedze T; Frigati L; Myer L; Zar HJ, 2020. Prevalence and predictors of bone health among perinatally HIV-infected adolescents.  AIDS 34(14):2061-2070

Dirajlal-Fargo S; Yu J; Albar Z; Sattar A; Mahtab S; Jao J; Myer L; Zar HJ; McComsey GA, 2020. Monocyte activation and gut barrier dysfunction in South African youth on antiretroviral therapy and their associations with endothelial dysfunction.  AIDS 34(11):1615-1623

Mahtab S; Zar HJ; Ntusi NAB; Joubert S; Asafu-Agyei NAA; Luff NJ; Jele N; Zuhlke L; Myer L; Jao J, 2020. Endothelial Dysfunction in South African Youth Living With Perinatally Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus on Antiretroviral Therapy.  Clin Infect Dis 71(10):e672-e679

Barrera CA; du Plessis AM; Otero HJ; Mahtab S; Githinji LN; Zar HJ; Zhu X; Andronikou S, 2020. Quantitative CT analysis for bronchiolitis obliterans in perinatally HIV-infected adolescents-comparison with controls and lung function data.  Eur Radiol 30(8):4358-4368

Mahtab S; Lawrenson J; Jamieson-Luff N; Asafu-Agyei NA; Meiring A; Lemmer-Hunsinger C; Myer L; Zar HJ; Zühlke LJ, 2020. Echocardiographic Findings in a Cohort of Perinatally HIV-Infected Adolescents Compared with Uninfected Peers from the Cape Town Adolescent Antiretroviral Cohort.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr 33(5):604-611

Frigati LJ; Brown K; Mahtab S; Githinji L; Gray D; Zühlke L; Nourse P; Stein DJ; Hoare J; Cotton MF; Myer L; Zar HJ, 2019. Multisystem impairment in South African adolescents with Perinatally acquired HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART).  J Int AIDS Soc 22(8):e25386

du Plessis AM; Andronikou S; Machemedze T; Griffith-Richards S; Myer L; Mahtab S; Zar HJ, 2019. High-resolution computed tomography features of lung disease in perinatally HIV-infected adolescents on combined antiretroviral therapy.  Pediatr Pulmonol 54(11):1765-1773

Githinji LN; Mahtab S; Zühlke L; Lawrenson J; Myer L; Gray D; Zar H, 2019. Cardiopulmonary dysfunction in perinatally HIV-infected South African adolescents on antiretroviral therapy: baseline findings from the Cape Town Adolescent Antiretroviral Cohort.  J Int AIDS Soc 22(7):e25340

Mahtab S; Kar P; Saha S; Sreenivas V; Sottini A; Imberti L; Goswami R, 2019. Central Immune Tolerance of T and B Cells in Patients With Idiopathic Hypoparathyroidism, T1D, and Autoimmune Thyroiditis.  J Endocr Soc 3(6):1175-1184

Frigati L; Mahtab S; Nourse P; Ray P; Perrazzo S; Machemedze T; Agyei NA; Cotton M; Myer L; Zar H, 2019. Prevalence of risk factors for chronic kidney disease in South African youth with perinatally acquired HIV.  Pediatr Nephrol 34(2):313-318

Frigati LJ; Jao J; Mahtab S; Asafu Agyei NA; Cotton MF; Myer L; Zar HJ, 2019. Insulin Resistance in South African Youth Living with Perinatally Acquired HIV Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy.  AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 35(1):56-62

Saha S; Goswami R; Ramakrishnan L; Vishnubhatla S; Mahtab S; Kar P; Srinivasan S; Singh N; Singh U, 2018. Vitamin D and calcium supplementation, skeletal muscle strength and serum testosterone in young healthy adult males: Randomized control trial.  Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 88(2):217-226

Mahtab S; Coetzee D, 2017. Influence of HIV and other risk factors on tuberculosis.  S Afr Med J 107(5):428-434

Mahtab S; Vaish U; Saha S; Singh A; Goswami R; Rani R, 2017. Presence of Autoreactive, MHC Class I-Restricted, Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR)-Specific CD8+ T Cells in Idiopathic Hypoparathyroidism.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab 102(1):167-175

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