The challenges of evaluating combination prevention programmes - Learning Lab, 21 January

14 January 2014
Annie Holmes

Please join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 21 January 2014, 11 a.m. GMT. Dr Marie Laga will present on ways to understand the impact of large-scale interventions.

We need to better understand the effectiveness of HIV-prevention programmes. Cluster randomized designs have limitations in evaluating complex large-scale combination programmes. To close the prevention–evaluation gap, we need

  • alternative evaluation designs
  • better articulation of the programme impact pathways
  • improved documentation of programme implementation

Marie Laga (MD, MSc Epid, PhD) is a professor at the Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. She has been involved in HIV research since the start of the epidemic in the 1980s. Marie Laga and her team contributed significantly to HIV prevention science in the areas of

  • sexual transmission and its co-factors
  • prevention programmes for vulnerable groups such as female sex workers, youth and men who have sex with men
  • evaluation of female controlled methods
  • linkages with the field of sexual and reproductive health

Now a leading expert in HIV prevention, Marie Laga promotes the intensifying of HIV prevention worldwide. She provides policy support and technical assistance to numerous international and local organizations in strengthening HIV prevention.


A useful resource for this webinar:

Laga, Marie; Rugg, Deborah; Peersman, Greet; Ainsworth, Martha: Evaluating HIV prevention effectiveness: The perfect as the enemy of the good


Depending on your location, the time of the Learning Lab will be:
6:00 am Washington
11:00 am London
1:00 pm Johannesburg/Geneva
2:00 pm Mwanza/Kampala
4:30 pm New Delhi


To join the webinar on Tuesday 21 January 2014, please follow these THREE STEPS.

1. Register online now. You will then receive an email reminding you of the access code and toll-free numbers to dial.

2. Log in to Ready Talk on the internet as a participant shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Use access code 9272774.

3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Use access code 9272774.

If your country does not have a toll-free number, please send your contact number with country code to Annie [dot] Holmes [at] LSHTM [dot] ac [dot] uk by Monday 20 January 2014 and we will dial out to you just before the beginning of the Lab.

Please note that you must call in on the telephone AND join online to hear audio and view the presentation.