Youth living in poverty in Kampala slums are exposed to intense alcohol marketing and have high levels of HIV (10%), a situation that warrants urgent structural intervention. This NIH-funded community-based project – a collaboration between Georgia State University's School of Public Health and the Uganda Youth Development Link NGO in Kampala – aims to develop and evaluate an empirically informed structural intervention to target underage drinking (<18 years of age) and to reduce risk of alcohol-related risky sex among vulnerable youth. The Learning Lab presents the conceptual approach, some preliminary data and current challenges.
A professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Dr Monica Swahn researches adolescent health risk behaviours and outcomes such as alcohol, violence and HIV in the US and internationally. She serves as a consultant to WHO Africa Regional Office (AFRO) on alcohol use and marketing in sub-Saharan Africa and to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in South America on gender-based violence. Previously, Dr Swahn worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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