MITU Symposium on Adolescent Health in Africa

16 January 2019
Becky Wolfe


In November 2018, STRIVE partner MITU (Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit) held a highly successful scientific symposium in Mwanza city, Tanzania, on ‘Health of Adolescents and Young people in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and solutions'. The symposium was part of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of MITU, which emerged from a long-term partnership between the Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research and LSHTM.

The symposium was attended by almost 100 researchers from Tanzania and the Africa region, as well as researchers from Europe and the USA. It included presentations reviewing key areas of adolescent health including: HIV and sexual health, mental health, and the development and evaluation of interventions. 

During the symposium, a poster exhibition was held to showcase MITU’s work over the past 10 years, and included posters from STRIVE’s MAISHA and EMPOWER studies. 

Posters were judged by an independent panel on content and presentation, and prizes awarded to the top three posters. A prize was awarded to the MAISHA team for their poster describing an evaluation of a participatory, social empowerment, intervention designed to reduce intimate partner violence towards women participating in a group-based microfinance scheme.

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