2017 round-up

03 January 2018
Sephy Valuks

Happy new year and thank you all for your support in 2017. This is an opportunity to look back at some STRIVE achievements over the past year.

STRIVE launched many new resources in 2017. Some of the most popular have been the technical briefs that enable researchers to use standardised approaches to measuring and analysing key structural barriers to HIV prevention and treatment. These briefs have travelled with us to various conferences including GAPC, SVRI, AIDS impact and IAS2017.

Last year was also a big year for research impact. The Tanzania government officially issued a ban on the import, manufacturing, sale and consumption of the (in) famous alcohol sachets, with STRIVE evidence among the factors behind the new legislation.

Colleagues at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice hosted a media briefing to share evidence on the influence of alcohol availability and advertising on young people. The session led to widespread media coverage and contributed to increasing debate with the South African governments. 

In addition, STRIVE research from the Maisha trial fed into the Tanzanian national action plan on violence. You can find out about other impacts by reading our case studies on alcohol, stigma reduction in India and global stigma measurement.

We've had good feedback on our infographic: Transactional sex: What it is and why it matters - useful information for anyone working on HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Also in 2017, STRIVE partners and invited guests presented 11 live Learning Labs, sharing methodologies, concepts, projects, guidelines and research findings on the structural drivers of HIV. You can catch up on any you missed in our full online archive.

We look forward to your continued participation in our work and learning in 2018!