STRIVE was a research consortium investigating the social norms and inequalities that drive HIV between 2011-2019. Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, science shows that certain methods work to prevent and treat the virus. And yet this has not stopped the spread of HIV. More and better evidence is needed on how structural forces increase vulnerability to HIV and on the interventions that work, in practice, to address them.

Download an overview of STRIVE or watch this video overview, recorded at STRIVE's pre-conference session at AIDS2018.

Despite substantial progress in addressing AIDS, the number of people newly HIV-infected continues to outstrip the number entering treatment. Although the importance of addressing the structural drivers of HIV is increasingly recognised, there is limited evidence on how best to intervene. 

A multi-year international research consortium, STRIVE research focuses on these key upstream determinants:

  • gender inequality and violence,
  • poor livelihood options,
  • alcohol availability and drinking norms, and
  • stigma and criminalisation.

The consortium seeks to understand:

  • how these forces drive the epidemic;
  • what programmes are effective in tackling them;
  • how such interventions can, affordably, be taken to scale; and
  • how best to translate this research into policy and practice.

Underpinning STRIVE’s work are methodological rigour and innovation, with a commitment to supporting collaborative, multi-disciplinary research to inform change. The consortium's plans are guided by an overarching Theory of Change.

Original Research Director Charlotte Watts gives a less formal introduction to STRIVE's purpose and approach in this 10-minute interview

Consortium members

Led from the LSHTM, STRIVE is a collaboration between six partners:  the International Center for Research on Women (Asia Regional Office, India and Washington, DC, USA), the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (Bangalore, India), Tanzania’s National Institute for Medical Research and the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (Mwanza, Tanzania), and the Witwatersrand Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Johannesburg, South Africa).

STRIVE affiliates include the HIV/AIDS Group of the United Nations Development Program (New York, USA);  IMAGE (Intervention with Micro-finance for Aids and Gender Equity, Limpopo, South Africa); and The Soul City Institute for Health & Development Communication (South Africa).

STRIVE consortium members