Mitigating the effect of food insecurity on adherence to HIV treatment in Tanzania: Are conditional cash and food transfers effective strategies? - Sandra McCoy

Food insecurity is an important barrier to retention in care and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV infection. However, there is a lack of rigorous evidence about how to improve food security and HIV-related clinical outcomes.  

This learning lab presents results of a study that evaluated whether short-term cash and food support can improve ART adherence among adults living with HIV infection in Tanzania.

Sandra McCoy MPH PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Together with collaborators in sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico, and the United States, her research focuses on how social and economic factors influence disease transmission and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Most of Dr. McCoy’s research projects culminate in the design and evaluation of new interventions intended to positively change health behavior, such as increasing adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) or encouraging people to engage in health screenings such as HIV testing. Through a diverse array of approaches, her goal is to identify innovative, cost-effective, and scalable interventions to overcome global health challenges.


A review of the role of food insecurity in adherence to care and treatment among adult and pediatric populations living with HIV and AIDS

Rationale and design of a randomized study of short-term food and cash assistance to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among food insecure HIV-infected adults in Tanzania

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