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Integrating Early Childhood Development and Health in Eswatini, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe: A Scale-Up Assessment

November 11, 2019

In this report, MEASURE Evaluation provides the results from scale-up assessments of interventions that integrated early childhood development (ECD) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) as part of PEPFAR-funded OVC programs in Eswatini, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. The report includes suggestions and recommendations related to scaling up these interventions in each country; and lessons learned from working… View Article

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Suubi+Adherence study protocol: A family economic empowerment intervention addressing HIV treatment adherence for perinatally infected adolescents

November 8, 2019

This study aims to advance knowledge and inform the development of the next generation of programs aimed at increasing adherence to HIV treatment for HIV+ adolescents in low-resource regions such as sub-Saharan Africa. This is the first time research has looked at integrating and testing family economic empowerment and stability-focused interventions for HIV+ adolescents in… View Article

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Meeting the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children: learnings from Project SOAR

November 8, 2019

Project SOAR conducts HIV operations research to identify practical solutions to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. They have been conducting a number of research studies on documenting the unique vulnerabilities of these orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers, and examining strategies to mitigate the impacts of HIV on them. This research brief… View Article

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“A problem shared is half solved” – a qualitative assessment of barriers and facilitators to adolescent retention in HIV care in western Kenya

October 11, 2019

Qualitative interviews with peri-natally infected infants in western Kenya aimed to understand the barriers and facilitators of treatment retention among adolescents–a group at high risk of dropping out of care. The study found that those who felt supported by family, peers and clinic staff are able to overcome the barriers to treatment such as stigma… View Article

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Dietary intake among paediatric HIV-positive patients initiating antiretroviral therapy in Johannesburg, South Africa

October 11, 2019

This was a prospective cohort study of pediatric patients (aged 1–10 years) initiating ART over a two year period at a public health facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. Understanding that macro – and micronutrient deficiencies, common in HIV, may accelerate disease progression, the purpose of the study was to describe anthropometry, dietary intake and dietary… View Article

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Integrating Violence Against Children Prevention and Response into HIV Services

October 2, 2019

This training seeks to equip health workers who have contact with children in HIV settings with the knowledge and skills to better integrate violence against children (VAC) services into their work. It seeks to transmit information and skills to make them: feel comfortable talking with, providing services and making appropriate referrals to children and their… View Article

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Targeting the HIV Epidemic in South Africa: The Need for Testing and Linkage to Care in Emergency Departments

September 26, 2019

This study builds on a 2018 study of emergency department patients in South Africa that found that HIV testing in emergency departments is an effective way to identify and diagnose otherwise hard-to-reach people with HIV. Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that hospital emergency departments (EDs) worldwide may be key strategic settings for… View Article

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Neurodevelopment of HIV-exposed uninfected children in South Africa: outcomes from an observational birth cohort study

September 23, 2019

The developmental effects for HIV-exposed uninfected children is still unclear. This article includes a summary of related research results and adds its own results. This study adds to the evidence with results indicating that uninfected children exposed to maternal HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy have increased odds of receptive and expressive language delays at 2… View Article

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Community beliefs, HIV stigma, and depression among adolescents living with HIV in rural Uganda

September 16, 2019

With antiretroviral therapy (ART) readily available, many perinatally infected youth are reaching adolescents. This qualitative study in Uganda asked some important questions about the psychosocial support that adolescents living with HIV receive and the impact that it has on their mental health and HIV treatment outcomes. Youth reported adversities such as negative community perceptions (perceived… View Article

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Youth Living with HIV in Mozambique—Reaching the Last 95: A Qualitative Study in Sofala, Manica, and Niassa Provinces

September 11, 2019

Despite progress having been made in Mozambique, low rates of treatment initiation and retention continue–especially among children, adolescents, and young adults. The Ministry of Health is enacting a strategy to reach these target populations, and this research was carried out to inform that strategy. Research objectives were to identify the barriers and facilitating factors affecting… View Article

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