Infectious diseases


SaME works on the design and evaluation of HIV prevention programmes, which tend to concentrate on high-risk populations, such as female sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and adolescent girls. The group has partners in many low and middle income countries, and most of our work has been in India and sub-Saharan Africa. We are particularly interested in ‘upstream’ structural factors – that is factors beyond an individual’s control, such as poverty, culture (e.g. violence and alcohol use) and educational opportunity. These factors influence individual behaviour and risk and are targets for interventions. Our work includes evaluating comprehensive HIV prevention programmes and understanding how such interventions can reduce HIV transmission.

Evaluation of such programmes requires a range of skills, including social epidemiology, mathematical modelling and health economics. SaME has internationally recognised expertise in these and other areas. Understanding and reducing HIV requires multi-disciplinary teams.

Landmark studies

Evaluation of the India Avahan programme
Samvedana Plus
West Africa – A joint World Bank/STRIVE funded mathematical modelling project into the determinants of HIV in West Africa

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