Can mother-to-child transmission of HIV be eliminated without addressing the issue of stigma? Modeling the case for a setting in South Africa

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Stigma and discrimination continue to undermine the effectiveness of the HIV response. Despite a growing body of evidence on the negative relationship between stigma and HIV outcomes, there are insufficient data available on the prevalence of stigma and its impact. This paper presents a probabilisic cascade model to estimate the magnitude of the impact that stigma has on mother-to-child transmission.

Co-financing feasibility, barriers and enablers: the case of Tanzania - Michelle Remme

‘Co-financing’ refers to the pooling of HIV financing with other disease-specific programmes and other development sectors to implement upstream interventions with multiple benefits. It may offer an important way to optimise HIV financing and efficiency, without crowding out other programmes that may have spill-over HIV benefits. However, coordinating and budgeting between and across sectors can be institutionally challenging.

What works to prevent violence against women and girls?

Sex, risk, and preferences: Using discrete choice experiments to estimate the impact and cost-effectiveness of multipurpose HIV prevention products in South Africa - Matthew Quaife

A promising area in HIV prevention is the development of multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs), products which offer users protection from HIV, other STIs, or unintended pregnancy.

Hashtag activism: popularizing feminist analysis of violence against women in the Horn, East and Southern Africa

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Social media is ushering in a new era of mobilising for social change and it is a promising tool for spreading feminist discourse. Earlier this year, the Women’s March, initially planned for Washington DC to protest against growing conservatism, sparked activism around the world. A global wave of awareness and action on violence against women (VAW) is emerging from campaigns such as #EverydaySexism, #UrgentAction4Women, and #EndFGM (female genital mutilation), opening new opportunities for feminist movement building.

One year in: lessons on rolling out an HIV prevention pill in South Africa

You can’t burn the house down because of one bedbug: a qualitative study of changing gender norms in the prevention of violence against women and girls in an urban informal settlement in India

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The contribution of structural inequalities and social legitimisation to violence against women is widely accepted and there is a consensus that interventions should aim to change gender norms, particularly through community mobilsation.

This qualitative study in a large informal settlement in Mumbai sought to understand whether in trying to change norms, the disjunction between descriptive norms and injunctive norms could be utilised.

Descriptive norms are beliefs about what others actually do

Rigged or rigorous? Partnerships for research and evaluation of complex social problems: Lessons from the field of violence against women and girls

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There is a growing demand for robust evidence to address complex social phenomena such as violence against women and girls (VAWG). Research partnerships between scientists and non-governmental or international organisations (NGO/IO) are increasingly popular bur can pose challenges, including concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

World AIDS Day 2017

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year and provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. This years theme is 'Let's end it!: End isolation, end stigma, end HIV transmission'. 

Co-financing feasibility, barriers and enablers: the case of Tanzania

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