Three challenges for the social determinants of health pursuit

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Editorial written in response to the final report of the WHO commission on the social determinants of health (2008).

The author highlights several issues emerging from attempts to use social determinants of health (SDOH) as a way of understanding the multiple causes of disease, arguing that:

International Day of the Girl Child 2012 – KHPT celebrates

STRIVE partner in India, KHPT last month marked the first ever international day of the girl child with events at its Bangalore head office and district project offices in Bijapur and Bagalkot. 

STRIVE workshop on structural drivers and adolescents held in Tanzania

STRIVE members at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza last month organised a landmark workshop dedicated to young people and adolescents in Tanzania.

Technical brief: The prevention of alcohol-related HIV risk behaviour

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Guidance for programme planners and implementers addressing harmful alcohol use as a risk factor for HIV. 

The brief, written by STRIVE researcher Katherine Fritz at ICRW, argues for the benefits of interventions that address harmful drinking alongside sexual risk behaviour.

Reducing excessive alcohol use and high-risk sex


This project addresses alcohol as a structural driver of HIV risk by intervening in alcohol’s ubiquitous availability in impoverished urban areas. It is led by Katherine Fritz at the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) in Washington DC and is funded by USAID

The diverse HIV prevention needs of sex workers - Parinita Bhattacharjee

This webinar describes the evolution of KHPT’s programming with female sex workers (FSW). It focuses on KHPT’s strategic shift from a largely biomedical approach to an integrated structural approach dealing with stigma, violence, collectivisation and building enabling environments for FSW.

The presentation illustrates:

New report from KHPT: Community mobilisation among FSWs must support livelihood options

A new report by STRIVE member KHPT underlines the need to address multiple issues simultaneously through community mobilisation.

Impact of two vulnerability reduction strategies on HIV risk reduction among female sex workers

Training female sex workers (FSW) in alternative income generation has emerged as an innovative HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. This new report published by KHPT focuses on a range of interlinking community mobilisation strategies.

The study demonstrates the impact of two vulnerability reduction strategies on HIV risk among female sex workers:

The role of HIV-related stigma in utilization of skilled childbirth services in rural Kenya

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Findings indicate the urgent need for interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma.

The Maternity in Migori and AIDS Stigma Study (MAMAS Study) was conducted in a high HIV prevalence area in rural Kenya. The study examined the effect of women's perceptions of HIV-related stigma during pregnancy on their use of maternity services.

How does HIV-related stigma influence birth decisions?

Key resources on female sex workers

The links between sex work 
and HIV vulnerability have long been 
recognized. Research shows that sex workers and their clients are at a heightened risk of HIV and face a range of particular barriers to accessing prevention, care and treatment. However, the UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work states that until recently, less than 1% of global funding for HIV prevention was allocated to HIV and sex work.