How does VAW affect HIV risk? Launching Greentree II

Lori Heise gave the following presentation at the launch of the Greentree II report, held at the London School School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on Friday 25 November 2016. It was the first in a series of seminars organised by the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) to mark the 16 Days of Activism campaign to end Violence against Women (VAW).

The Greentree II report synthesises evidence to date on the associations between HIV and VAW:

  • Biological and epidemiological pathways
  • Geographic and demographic hotspots
  • Implications for practice: programming and resource allocation
  • Recommendations for policy, programmes and research

This review of the evidence challenges some common assumptions. What forms of VAW do we need to tackle if we are to reduce HIV risk? Are we allocating resources in the most effective ways?

Dr Heise was introduced by the organiser of the 16 Days series, Dr Giulia Ferrari and DFID Chief Scientific Adviser and GVHC co-founder, Professor Charlotte Watts.

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