Leveraging global leadership in 2013

This year offers strategic opportunities to ensure that issues of gender violence and HIV remain high on the international political agenda.

In 2013, the UK government takes on the G8 presidency. In April, the UK will host G8 foreign ministers to discuss priorities, including violence against women:

In particular I will be focusing on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, a personal priority for me during the UK’s G8 Presidency and beyond. 

Because I am a girl: Learning for life

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Critical report on the state of girls’ education and the barriers preventing access.

Research has shown that keeping girls in education can help to reduce their vulnerability to HIV.

This report, which is part of Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, argues that despite improvements in primary education enrolment, there is a crisis in the quality of learning available to girls.

Structural approaches to HIV prevention

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Evidence and experience to address gaps in structural approaches to HIV.

This paper, from the archive and still valuable, defines structural factors and approaches and reviews evidence on their effectiveness. It also includes recommendations for ensuring the integration of structural approaches as part of combined prevention strategies.

Radio documentary: RCTs and social policy

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Can randomised controlled trials (RCTs) be used to inform social policy in the UK? 

This documentary from BBC Radio 4 explores the possibilities and pitfalls. The medic and author of Bad Science, Ben Goldacre, sets out to explore the potential for putting RCTs at the heart of the policy-making process. He argues that RCTs not only reveal whether existing policies are effective, but could transform the way social policy is created and implemented from education to health, welfare and crime.

World response to AIDS needs new vigour

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STRIVE researchers advocate the need for a new economic argument for a sustained, effective, national and global commitment to ending AIDS. 

The article, reproduced here in full, was written by Anna Vassall and Michelle Remme with Director of LSHTM, Peter Piot. 

World Response to AIDS needs new vigour

Despite remarkable achievements and a wave of recent optimism, the stark truth is that the end of AIDS is not in sight.

Evaluation of a peer network-based sexual risk reduction intervention for men in beer halls in Zimbabwe

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The sexual risk behaviour associated with men's alcohol consumption.

This article by ICRW's Katherine Fritz et al. reports the outcomes of the Sahwira HIV Prevention Program, a male-focused, peer-based intervention promoting the idea that men can assist their friends in avoiding high-risk sexual encounters associated with alcohol drinking.

Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance established in Johannesburg

A regional forum for NGOs in Southern Africa earlier this month resulted in the formation of the Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance. Savera Kalideen from STRIVE affiliate Soul City was elected as the first Chair. 

The aim of the alliance is to exchange experiences from policy and prevention work and to foster closer regional collaboration.

World AIDS Day focuses attention on the structural drivers of HIV

STRIVE partners, associates and other organisations have been drawing attention to a range of “upstream” issues during this year’s World AIDS Day activities.

Upcoming talk by WRHI's Professor Francois Venter: HIV and moralising about sexual behaviour

An event at the University of Sussex on Monday 10 December aims to engage critically with some of the ethical presuppositions governing both public and medical thinking about HIV.

Gender inequality and violence as critical enablers in the HIV response

How can interventions more effectively tackle women’s and girls’ vulnerability to HIV?  In this presentation, given to mark World AIDS Day at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, STRIVE Research Director Professor Charlotte Watts introduces key structural drivers affecting women and girls, such as: