Computer-assisted data collection can help improve data validity

Much has been written about the challenges of social desirability bias in self-reported measures. In order to alleviate this, our study team is using computer-assisted interviewing to survey our MAISHA study participants. We are using computer tablets that are equipped with audio computer-assisted self interview (ACASI) software. With an ACASI modality, our team is ableContinue reading “Computer-assisted data collection can help improve data validity”

Congratulations Haika and Linda!

We are excited to announce Haika Osaki as our new study coordinator and Linda Minja as our new assistant coordinator for the Maisha study! Haika joined our team in April 2019 and has taken charge of the day to day activities for the stigma reduction intervention. She has a background in Sociology (BA), Public HealthContinue reading “Congratulations Haika and Linda!”

The Maisha Pilot Trial Has Started Enrolling!

Enrollment has begun! Today marks the first day of enrollment for the Maisha pilot trial at the Pasua and Majengo clinics. Women and their partners attending a first antenatal care appointment will be recruited, consented and enrolled in the study. We hope to enroll a total of 1,000 women and 500 male partners in aContinue reading “The Maisha Pilot Trial Has Started Enrolling!”

It’s a wrap! Maisha video ready for its intervention debut!

The Maisha intervention video is up and running! Thanks to an incredible team of actors, the video is now available for session 1 of the MAISHA intervention study. The Maisha video aims to dispel misconceptions that drive HIV stigma while normalizing pregnancy in the context of a positive HIV status. In this 7 minute film,Continue reading “It’s a wrap! Maisha video ready for its intervention debut!”

Dr. Manavalan investigates hypertension prevalence among adult patients with HIV

Dr. Preeti Manavalan has been a member of the Option B+ study team since 2017, when she joined the team during the research year of her Infectious Diseases fellowship at Duke to help with data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings. As a Fogarty Global Health Fellow, Dr. Manavalan is completing a year of researchContinue reading “Dr. Manavalan investigates hypertension prevalence among adult patients with HIV”

Team presents Option B+ and Stigma studies at National AIDS Control Program meeting in Arusha

From December 3-5, researchers, policy makers, government officials, and stakeholders involved in HIV work met in Arusha, Tanzania to share and discuss strategies, guidelines, innovations, and research findings on HIV and AIDS. The goal of the meeting was to disseminate the health sector HIV and AIDS guidelines and strategies, to share innovations and research findingsContinue reading “Team presents Option B+ and Stigma studies at National AIDS Control Program meeting in Arusha”

Congratulations, Dr. Rogathi!!

We are thrilled to celebrate the graduation of our study coordinator, Dr. Jane Rogathi, who received her PhD in Epidemiology (Public Health) from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College on November 17. Jane completed her thesis research on intimate partner violence and depression affecting women during pregnancy and after childbirth. The study was based in antenatalContinue reading “Congratulations, Dr. Rogathi!!”

Dr. Watt’s study in South Africa lends insight into disclosure challenges for pregnant women with HIV

In 2015, Dr. Melissa Watt received a small grant from the Duke Center for AIDS Research to explore HIV care engagement for women initiating ART during pregnancy in Cape Town, South Africa. This research, conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cape Town, helped lay the foundation for the team’s current work inContinue reading “Dr. Watt’s study in South Africa lends insight into disclosure challenges for pregnant women with HIV”

Stakeholder meeting generates exciting conversations

On August 9, 2018, the team hosted a scientific symposium and stakeholder meeting at KCMC to discuss addressing HIV stigma in PMTCT in the Kilimanjaro Region. The aim of the meeting was to bring together scientists and health practitioners working on PMTCT-related activities in order to share our preliminary research findings on PMTCT in theContinue reading “Stakeholder meeting generates exciting conversations”

Godfrey Kisigo joins newest cohort of MSc students at DGHI!

After a year of hard work coordinating the Option B+ study at KCMC, Godfrey Kisigo will have the chance to further his training in global health research at the Duke Global Health Institute. Godfrey will bring his multitude of experiences, dedicated work ethic, and bright smile to Durham as he joins 29 other classmates asContinue reading “Godfrey Kisigo joins newest cohort of MSc students at DGHI!”