Parinita Bhattacharjee and Dr Joyce Wamoyi at the STRIVE meeting on social norms

STRIVE co-hosts the 3rd Structural Drivers of HIV Conference, December 2013

29 October 2013
Alexandra Hyde

The conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa as a pre-meeting to the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa. The theme is ‘contextualising the structural drivers of HIV and AIDS’.

The conference will be hosted by STRIVE, HEARD (UKZN) and the HIV and Development Group based at the University of East Anglia. Since it was established by STRIVE and co-organisers in 2011, the annual event has provided a valuable platform for debate on how the structural drivers of HIV are defined, conceptualised and researched.

The aim of this year’s conference is to consider the contextual complexities that researchers and programmers encounter when planning and implementing HIV programmes. It will also include presentations by STRIVE researchers from KHPT and NIMR. Parinita Bhattacharjee will present the paper 'Transferring learning from India to Kenya: How to implement structural interventions with sex workers in HIV prevention programmes', while Dr Joyce Wamoyi will present 'Structural factors impacting parent-child connectedness in rural Tanzania and implications for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and parenting'.

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • pathways of risk and the interaction of different structural drivers of HIV in different contexts
  • structural approaches to HIV programmes for high risk/vulnerable populations
  • poverty, environmental and economic stress, employment and HIV
  • gender inequality and violence, transactional sex and gender relations in sub-Saharan Africa
  • structural factors and new HIV technologies, including male circumcision and treatment as prevention
  • combination prevention – what is the structural element?
  • structural interventions: what works? What are missed opportunities? What are the challenges?
  • approaches to economic evaluation and assessing value for money and sustainability
  • methodological challenges and lessons learned in conducting research on structural drivers and interventions.

The conference will be held on 5 - 6 December 2013 at the Cullinan Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. Further information is available on the HEARD website.