Dean: Health Sciences

DesignationDean and Head of School:School of Health Sciences

Professor Khathutshelo Percy Mashige trained as an Anatomist at the University of Witwatersrand and an Optometrist at the former University of Durban Westville. He is the current Dean and Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Professor Mashige is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI); Chairperson of the Education, Training and Registration Committee ( ETRC) of the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians (PBODO); Chairperson of the African Eye Institute (AEI); Chairperson of the Global Institute for Entrepreneurship and Ethics (GIEE); and Chairperson of the Community Self Mastery Coaching Institute (CSMCI). He is a founding member of the African Translational Research Group and the Centre for Eye Care and Public Health Intervention Initiative (CEPHII), which are forums of African researchers across the globe to stimulate greater collaboration in Africa in health-related research.

Prof Mashige has published extensively in clinical optometry, epidemiology and public health. His research has been used for designing and implementing programmes as well as for policy development in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. He is an NRF rated scientist and an Associate Editor of BMC Ophthalmology. He serves on the Advisory Board of the South African Health Review journal. Professor Mashige is a Moderator, School of Optometry and Vision Science, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Kenya. He has contributed to the design and development of Masters and new PhD curricula at MMUST.

Professor Mashige is a recipient of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Award from the UK, South African Netherlands Partnership on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Award, South African Medical Research Council National Health Scholarship (SAMRC) Award, and is a Developing Research Innovation Leadership and Innovation (DRILL) Fellow. He is a recipient of the South African Optometric Association (SAOA) Award for outstanding contribution to Optometry.

List of Publications1. Kyeremeh S, Mashige KP. Availability of low vision services and barriers to their provision and uptake in Ghana: Practitioners’ perspectives. African Health Sciences; 2021
2. Obinna Nwaeze, Raymond Langsi, Uchechukwu L Osuagwu, Richard Oloruntoba, Godwin O Ovenseri-Ogbomo, Emmanuel K Abu, Timothy Chikasirimobi G, Deborah Donald Charwe, Bernadine Ekpenyong, Khathutshelo P Mashige, Piwuna Christopher Goson, Tanko Ishaya, Kingsley Agho. Factors affecting willingness to comply with Public health measures during the Pandemic among Sub-Sahara Africans. African Health Sciences; 2021
3. S.O. Wajuihian and K.P. Mashige. Gender and age distribution of refractive errors in an optometric clinical population, Journal of Optometry,
4. Uchechukwu L. Osuagwu, Chundung A. Miner, Dipesh Bhattarai, Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, Richard Oloruntoba, Emmanuel Kwasi Abu, Bernadine Ekpenyong, Timothy G. Chikasirimobi, Piwuna Christopher Goson, Godwin Ovenseri-Ogbomo, Raymond Langsi, Deborah Donald Charwe,
Tanko Ishaya, Obinna Nwaeze, and Kingsley Agho. Misinformation About COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Survey. Health Security. Volume 19, Number 1, 2021
5. Raymond Langsi, Uchechukwu L Osuagwu, Piwuna Christopher Goson, Emmanuel Kwasi Abu, Khathutshelo P Mashige, Bernadine Ekpenyong, Godwin O Ovenseri-Ogbomo, Timothy Chikasirimobi, Chundung Asabe Miner, Tanko Ishaya, Richard Oloruntoba, Obinna Nwaeze, Deborah Donald Charwe, Kingsley Emwinyore Agho. (2021). Prevalence and Factors Associated with Mental and Emotional Health Outcomes among Africans during the COVID-19 Lockdown Period—A Web-based Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2021;18(899):1-20. ijerph18030899
6. Chikasirimobi Goodhope Timothy, Deborah Donald Charwe, Uchechukwu L Osuagwu, Chundung Asabe Miner, Emmanuel Kwasi Abu, Godwin Ovenseri-Ogbomo, Piwuna Christopher Goson, Raymond Langsi, Bernadine Ekpenyong, Richard Oloruntoba, Obinna Nwaeze, Tanko Ishaya, Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, Kingsley Agho.(2021). COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan African Countries: Association between Compliance and Public Opinion. Global Journal of Health Science. 2021;13 (2) 91 – 103. doi:10.5539/gjhs.v13n2p91
7. Godwin Ovenseri-Ogbomo; Tanko Ishaya; Uchechukwu L Osuagwu; Emmanuel K Abu; Obinna Nwaeze; Richard Oloruntoba; Bernadine Ekpenyong; Khathutshelo P Mashige; Timothy Chikasirimobi; Raymond Langsi; Deborah D Charwe; Kingsley Agho.(2020). Factors associated with the myth about 5G network during COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2020;4:e2020094; 1-13. doi:10.29392/001c.17606
8. Mashige KP. Tribute to Olalekan Alabi Oduntan. Afr Vision Eye Health. 2020;79(1), a588. https://doi. org/10.4102/aveh.v79i1.588
9. Ezinne NE, Mashige KP, Akano OF, Illechie AA. Spectacle utilisation rate and reasons for non-compliance with wearing of spectacles amongst primary school children in Onitsha, Anambra state, Nigeria. Afr Vision Eye Health. 2020;79(1), a544. aveh.v79i1.544
10. Jhetam S, Mashige KP. Effects of spectacles and telescopes on visual function in learners with oculocutaneous albinism. African Health Science. 2020; 20(2):758-767
11. Nelson-Ayifah D, Mashige KP. Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with glaucoma in a tertiary eye facility in Ghana. African Vision and Eye Health. 2020,79 (1),a521.
12. Dinesh Kaphle, Himal Kandel, Jyoti Khadka, Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, Joseph Matiya Msoso, Kovin Shunmugam Naidoo. Validation and Use of the Quality of life Impact of Refractive Correction Questionnaire in Spectacle Wearers in Malawi: A clinic-based study. Malawi Medical Journal. 2020,32(2):54-63
13. Xulu-Kasaba ZNQ, Mashige KP, Mthembu MG, et al. A profile of patients presenting at a low vision clinic in a resource-limited setting. African Vision and Eye Health. 2020; 79, doi. 10.4102/aveh.v79i1.500
14. Mashige KP, Ramklass SS. Prevalence and causes of visual impairment among older persons living in low-income old age homes in Durban, South Africa. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2020;12(1), a2159. https:// v12i1.2159
15. Oduntan OA, Mashige KP, Kio FE. Colour vision deficiency among students in Lagos State, Nigeria. Afri Health Sci.2019;19(2): 2230- 2236.
16. Zungu Z, Mashige KP. Utilisation of eye and skin care, and social services among persons with albinism in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. African Vision and Eye Health. 2019;78(1), a484. aveh.v78i1.484
17. Mashige KP. Impact of congenital colour vision defect on colour related tasks among school children in Durban, South Africa. Clinical Optometry. 2019; 11: 97-102
18. Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, Diane Beverly van Staden. Prevalence of congenital colour vision deficiency among Black South African children in Durban, South Africa. BMC Research Notes. (2019)12:324
19. Sukati V, Moodley VR, Mashige KP. Knowledge and practices of eye health professionals about the availability and accessibility of child eye care services in the public sector in Swaziland. Afr Vision Eye Health. 2019;78(1), a471. aveh.v78i1.471
20. Jhetam S, Mashige KP. Ocular findings and vision status of learners with oculocutaneous albinism. African Vision Eye Health. 2019;78(1), a466. aveh.v78i1.466
21. Ezinne NE, Austin E, Ilechie A, Mashige KP. Contact lens prescribing patterns in Abuja, Nigeria. J Nig Optom Assoc. 2019;21(1): 26-32
22. Sukati VN, Moodley VR, Mashige KP. A situational analysis of eye care services in Swaziland. Journal of Public Health in Africa. 2018 ; 9(3), DOI
23. Sukati VN, Moodley VR, Mashige KP. Knowledge and practices of parents about child eye health care in the public sector in Swaziland. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2018;10(1), a1808. phcfm.v10i1.1808
24. Ngozika Esther Ezinne, Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, Awele Prisca Onianwa. Ocular Injuries among Adults in Owerri Municipal, Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Ophthalmology. Volume 3, Issue 1, 2018, pages 4-9.
25. Ezinne NE, Mashige KP. Refractive errors and visual impairment in primary school children in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria. African Vision and Eye Health. 2018;77(1),a455.
26. Ezinne NE, Nnadi CJ, Mashige KP, Onoikhua EE. Causes of childhood blindness among children seen at the National Eye Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria. J Ophthalmic Clin Res 2018, 5; 39. DOI: 10.24966/OCR-8887/100039
27. Mashige KP. Reproducibility of corneal, macular and retinal nerve fiber layer thickness measurements using the iVue-100 optical coherence tomography. African Health Sciences 2017, 17(4):1222-1228
28. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA. Corneal parameters and their correlations with refractive error, axial length, anterior chamber depth and lens thickness in black South Africans. International Eye Science 2017, 17(4):597-603
29. Mashige KP. Ocular allergy. Health SA Gesondheid, 2017, 112-122
30. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA. Macular thicknesses and their associations with ocular and demographic variables in black South Africans. African Vision and Eye Health. 2017;76(1), a374. http:// v76i1.374
31. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA. Axial length, anterior chamber depth and lens thickness: Their intercorrelations in black South Africans. African Vision and Eye Health. 2017;76(1), a362. aveh.v76i1.362
32. Mashige KP. A review of over-the-counter ophthalmic drugs for the treatment of ocular conditions. Vision 2017. Accreditation Number: ODO 001/002/10/20173
33. Samuel Bert Boadi-Kusi, Rekha Hansraj, Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, Alfred Osafo-Kwaako, Alex Azuka Ilechie, and Samuel Abokyi. Prevalence and Causes of Visual Impairment and Blindness among Cocoa Farmers in Ghana. Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2016, vol. 00, No. 00, 1–7
34. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA. Retinal nerve fibre layer thickness values and their associations with ocular and systemic parameters in Black South Africans. African Health Science. 2016;16(4): 1188-1194.
35. Mashige KP, Munsamy AJ. Diplopia. South African Family Practice 2016, 58(1): 12-17.
36. Mashige KP. Repeatability and reproducibility of horizontal corneal diameter and anterior corneal power measurements using the Oculus Keratograph 4. African Vision & Eye Health 2016;75(1), a350. http:// v75i1.350
37. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA. A review of the human retina with emphasis on the nerve fibre and macula thicknesses. African Vision & Eye Health 2016, 75(1). Doi :10.4102/aveh.v7511.330
38. Mashige KP, Jaggernath J, Ramson P, Martin C, Chinanayi FS, Naidoo KS. Prevalence of Refractive Errors in the INK area, Durban South Africa. Optometry & Vision Science 2016, 93(3):243-250
39. Naidoo KS, Chinanayi FS, Ramson P, Mashige KP. Rapid assessment of refractive error in the eThekwini Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Clinical & Experimental Optometry 2016, 99(4): 360-365
40. Boadi-Kusi SB, Hansraj R, Mashige KP. Ocular injuries and eye care seeking patterns following injuries among cocoa farmers in Ghana. African Health Sciences 2016, 16(1): 255-265
41. Mashige KP. Causes and Primary Management of red eye. Optical Assistant 2016, 40(206)
42. Mashige KP. Chemical and thermal ocular burns: A review of causes, clinical features and management protocols. South African Family Practice 2015, 191) :1-8
43. Mashige KP. A review of the management of ocular allergy. Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology Journal 2015, 28(4): 275-281
44. Boadi-Kusi SB, Hansraj R, Mashige KP, Ilechie AA. Factors associated with protective eyewear use among cocoa farmers in Ghana. Injury Prevention 2015 Aug 28. pii: injuryprev-2014-041531. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041531. [Epub ahead of print]
45. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA, Hansraj R. Opinions of South African optometry students about working in rural areas after graduation. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine 2015;7(1), Art. #799, 7 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/phcfm.v7i1.799
46. Mashige KP. Repeatability and reproducibility of axial length, anterior chamber depth and crystalline lens thickness measurements using the Nidek US-500 Echoscan. African Vision & Eye Health 2015;74(1), Art. #16, 6 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/aveh.v74i1.16
47. Oduntan OA, Mashige KP, Hansraj R, Ovenseri-Ogbomo G. Strategies for reducing visual impairment and blindness in rural and remote areas of Africa. African Vision & Eye Health. 2015;74(1), Art. #25, 5 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/aveh.v74i1.25
48. Boadi-Kusi SB, Ntodie M, Mashige KP, Owusu A, Antwi OK. A cross–sectional survey of optometrists and optometric practices in Ghana. Clinical & Experimental Optometry 2015; 98: 473–477
49. Boadi-Kusi SB, Kyei S, Hansraj R, Mashige KP, Carl AH, Ocansey S, Agbedzie AL. Awareness, knowledge and self-care practices toward glaucoma among final year health university students in Ghana. Clinical & Experimental Optometry 2015 98 160-167 DOI:10.111/cxo.12224
50. Mashige KP. Diagnosis and management of dry eye. Vision magazine, 2015, 24(4), 6-9 Accreditation Number: ODO 002/02/10/2015
51. Mashige KP. Deciphering conjunctivitis. Vision 2015, CPD Article Accreditation Number: ODO/002/04/02/2014
52. Mashige KP. Computer-related symptoms in the workplace: causes and preventive strategies. Occupational Health Southern Africa 2014, 20(3) 13-17
53. Mashige KP. A review of assessment and skill training methods used in sports vision. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation & Dance (AJPHERD) 2014, 20(1) 204-213
54. Mashige KP, Rampersad N, Venkatas IS. Do National Senior Certificate results predict academic performance at university? South African Journal of Higher Education 2014, 28(2) 551-564
55. Boadi-Kusi SB, Kyei S, Mashige KP, Kwasi AE, Antwi-Boasiako D, Halladay AC. Demographic characteristics of Ghanaian optometry students and factors influencing their career choice and institution of learning. Advances in Health Science Education 2014, 19(2) DOI.1007/s10459-014-9509-9
56. Boadi-Kusi SB, Hansraj R, Kumi-Kyereme K, Mashige KP, Awusabo-Asare K, Ocansey S, Kyei S. Ocular Health Assessment of Cocoa Farmers in a rural Community in Ghana. Journal of Agromedicine 2014, 19(2) 171-180
57. Oduntan OA, Mashige KP, Kio FE, Boadi-Kusi SB. Optometric Education in Africa: Historical Perspective and Challenges. Optometry & Vision Science 2014, 91(3) 359-365
58. Mashige KP. Infection prevention and control in optometric practice. Vision 2014, CPD Article Accreditation Number: ODO 002/04/02/2014
59. Mashige KP. A review of corneal diameter, curvature and centre thickness values and influencing factors. The South African Optometrist 2013, 72(4) 185-194
60. Mashige KP, Rampersad N, Oduntan OA. A study of ergonomic factors leading to computer vision syndrome among computer users. Ergonomics SA 2013, 25(1) 3-12
61. Mashige KP, Rampersad N, Oduntan OA. Perceptions and opinions of graduating South African optometry students on the proposed community service. The South African Optometrist 2013, 72(1) 11-18
62. Mashige KP. Anterior chamber and depth assessment techniques. Vision 2013, CPD Article Accreditation Number: ODO 002/01/05/2013
63. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA, Gcabashe NM. Short-term variation of central corneal thickness measurements in keratoconus using the Tono-Pachymeter NT530P (Tonopachy™). The South African Optometrist 2012, 71(3)102-108
64. Phillips KC, Mashige KP, Clarke-Farr PC. Knowledge of diabetes mellitus in privately-funded diabetic patients attending a rural optometric practice in Malmesbury, South Africa. The South African Optometrist 2012, 71(2) 70-77
65. Mashige KP. Anterior diffuse scleritis diagnosed as conjunctivitis. The South African Optometrist 2012, 71(1) 51-54.
66. Mashige KP, Rampersad N, Jhetam S, Govender P. Short-term variation in central corneal thickness and intraocular pressure using the Tono-Pachymeter NT530P (Tonopachy™). The South African Optometrist 2012, 71(1) 12-21
67. Mashige KP, Martin C, Cassim B, Ramklass S and TM Esterhuizen TM. Utilization of eye care services by elderly persons in the Northern Ethekwini district of KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. The South African Optometrist 2011, 70(4) 175-181
68. Oduntan OA, Mashige KP. A review of the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of eye disease. The South African Optometrist 2011, 70(4) 191-199
69. Rampersad N, Mashige KP, Jhetam S. A comparison of intraocular pressure values obtained with Tono-Pachymeter NT530P, iCare® rebound tonometer and Goldmann applanation tonometer. The South African Optometrist 2011, 70(3) 109-116
70. Nirghin U, Ebrahim-Khan N, Mashige KP. Institutional, gender and racial profiles of South African optometrists. The South African Optometrist 2011, 70(3) 123-128
71. Mashige KP, Oduntan OA. Factors influencing South African optometry students in choosing their career and institution of learning. The South African Optometrist 2011, 70(1) 20-28
72. Mashige KP. Differential diagnosis of red eye. Vision 2011, CPD Article May/June issue, 20 (3): 6-9
73. Mashige KP. Pseudotumor cerebri. Vision 2011, CPD Article March/April issue, 20 (2): 6-9
74. Mashige KP. Night vision and glare vision thresholds and recovery time in myopic and hyperopic eyes. The South African Optometrist 2010, 69(3) 132-139
75. Mashige KP, KS Naidoo. Optometric practices and practitioners in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The South African Optometrist 2010, 69(2) 77-85
76. Mashige KP. Optometric education at Westville: past, present and future. The South African Optometrist 2010, 69(1) 11-20
77. Mashige KP, KS Naidoo. Current practices of diagnostic procedures requiring the use of ophthalmic drugs among KwaZulu-Natal optometrists. The South African Optometrist 2009, 68(4) 180-187
78. Oduntan OA, Mashige KP, M Raliavhegwa-Makhado. A comparison of two methods of logMAR visual acuity data scoring for statistical analysis. The South African Optometrist 2009, 68(3) 155-163
79. Mashige KP, A Notshweleka, S Moodley, FH Rahmtoola, SB Sayed, S Singh, Z Sardiwalla. An assessment of the level of diabetic patients’ knowledge of diabetes mellitus, its complications and management in Durban, South Africa. The South African Optometrist 2008, 67(3) 95-105
80. Mashige KP, Thathane NP, Kader F, Nyandoro GD, Sultan AA. The effects of anti-reflection coating on glare threshold and recovery under scotopic conditions. The South African Optometrist 2008, 67(2) 24-32
81. Naidoo KS, Raghunandan A, Mashige KP, Govender P, Holden B, Pokharel GP, Ellewein LB. Refractive error and visual impairment in African children in South Africa. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 2003, 44(9) 3764-70