Sex workers draw attention to violence as a structural driver of HIV

STRIVE partners led a district-level campaign last month, to raise awareness of the links between violence against sex workers and HIV in Karnataka, India.

STRIVE partners led a district-level campaign last month, to raise awareness of the links between violence against sex workers and HIV in Karnataka, India.

Alcohol use and HIV incidence among female food and recreational facility workers in Tanzania

A growing body of literature suggests that alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of HIV. This poster illustrates results from two studies presented by STRIVE member MITU at AIDS 2012. The research found that HIV incidence was higher among women who were identified by the AUDIT scale as problem drinkers.

Social norms theory and practice: resources from STRIVE workshop

Presentations on how a social norms perspective might be applied to partner violence and other issues. 

In January 2013, STRIVE brought together a group of researchers and practitioners in a three-day meeting that aimed to:

Social Norms Meeting

UNESCO: Gender Equality, HIV and Education

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New thinking and emerging research on interrelated aspects of education, HIV and gender equality in global development. 

The booklet features a case study from STRIVE member ICRW-ARO (see p.62). Based on the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) project, ICRW-ARO demonstrate that it is possible to stimulate discussion on gender equality in a traditionally hierarchical setting and to make a positive difference to students’ attitudes and behaviours. 

World Bank report: investing in communities achieves results

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Evaluation of the role of community mobilization in HIV responses

Reducing alcohol-related HIV risk in Katutura, Namibia

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Findings from a multi-level intervention with bar owners, servers, patrons and community members.

This report, co-written by STRIVE researcher Katherine Fritz, summarises the findings of formative research on alcohol and HIV risk in a new and rapidly growing settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek, Namibia.

Guidelines for reducing HIV stigma in India


Globally, stigma and discrimination impede HIV prevention, testing and treatment efforts. Yet research by ICRW and others shows that stigma and discrimination can be reduced in different contexts, such as the community and health facilities, thus contributing to the success of HIV programs and services.

STRIVE partners meet with key policymakers on stigma guidelines

STRIVE partner ICRW met with India’s National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in January to discuss their recommendations for a stigma reduction framework.

The meeting, co-ordinated by ICRW-ARO, synthesized lessons learned about the feasibility and relevance of the framework in five settings. The aim of the meeting was to discuss how the findings of the research might be incorporated into national efforts to reduce HIV stigma. 

Soul City confronts alcohol advertising

An article in South Africa's Sunday Independent outlines some of the difficulties faced by campaigners working to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and the attendant health risks. The article is written by Lebo Ramafoko, chief executive of STRIVE affiliate Soul City.