Graduation success

25 March 2015
Michelle Moore

Three researchers associated with STRIVE are awarded PhDs from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Congratulations to Meghna Ranganathan, Elizabeth Fearon and Zak Kaufman who formally received their PhD degrees from LSHTM on 14 March 2015. All three are associated with the work of STRIVE.

Meghna Ranganathan, Elizabeth Fearon and Zachary Kaufman

(Photo credit: Prof Charlotte Watts)

Meghna and Elizabeth analysed baseline data from the Swa Koteka study in rural South Africa. Meghna focused on young adolescent women's engagement in transactional sex and its association with HIV, while Elizabeth worked on the impact of friendship networks on adolescent women's sexual behaviour and condom use. Zak's PhD thesis involved the process evaluation of the GOAL Trial in South Africa. This was a randomised controlled trial by LSHTM of Grassroot Soccer, a sports-based HIV-prevention intervention.

Some of the new graduates' published work: