Theory and practice of social norms interventions: eight common pitfalls

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Recently, Global Health practitioners, scholars, and donors have expressed increased interest in “changing social norms” as a strategy to promote health and well-being in low and mid-income countries (LMIC). Despite this burgeoning interest, the ability of practitioners to use social norm theory to inform health interventions varies widely. 

This paper identifies eight pitfalls that practitioners must avoid as they plan to integrate a social norms perspective in their interventions. It also identifies the following eight learnings:

Integrating violence screening and support for young women accessing PrEP in South Africa and Tanzania – experiences from the EMPOWER study

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CHARISMA: 'To empower women to be safe while using the vaginal ring'

The charisma intervention pilot integrated delivery of HIV prevention with relationship skills building and intimate partner violence (IPV) counseling for women at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Beginning in June 2016, CHARISMA lay counselors conducted relationship assessments with women using the vaginal dapivirine ring for HIV prevention in the MTN-025 (HOPE) study.

Transactional sex and HIV risk: from analysis to action

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Education, poverty and "purity" in the context of adolescent girls’ secondary school retention and dropout: A qualitative study from Karnataka, southern India

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Gender-related norms and poverty remain important structural barriers to secondary school attendance among adolescent girls in southern India.

Social space and alcohol use initiation among youth in northern Tanzania

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Alcohol use is a key risk factor for disease worldwide. Consumption of alcohol is increasing in sub Saharan Africa, where youth are already at high risk of HIV due to its high prevalence in the region. Studies show that youth begin drinking alcohol early; however, there is a need to further explore the initiation of alcohol use in order to design appropriate interventions in this population.

To stop AIDS we must reach the ‘mobile population’

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This expert opinion, written by STRIVE research director, Professor Janet Seeley, was originally published by LSHTM here.

Interview with Kanengo Zoe Nakamba at AIDS 2018

Kanengo Zoe Nakamba, an activist from SRHR Africa Trust, spoke at the STRIVE pre-conference session about challenges young people face in accessing services. A key recommendation arising from the morning session was to ‘galvinise youth’. This video gives a quick overview of the key issues as she understands them.

Interview with Catherine Sozi at AIDS 2018

Catherine Sozi, (Director UNAIDS Regional Support Team, Eastern & Southern Africa) presented the opening address at the STRIVE pre-conference session at AIDS 2018 on 21 July 2018.

Young peoples exposure to alcohol outlets and advertisement in Tanzania: Implications for HIV Interventions

This presentation was originally given by Haika Osaki (NIMR) at AIDS2018. 

It presents findings from a qualitative study that explored young people's exposure to alcohol outlets and advertisments and documented alcohol availability, promotion and advertisement. The research found that: