Our Health team at the first virtual 23rd International AIDS conference

Our Health team participated in the virtual 23rd International AIDS Conference last week.

Managing partner Saul Johnson chaired a satellite symposium organised by MeSH (Measurement and Surveillance of Epidemics) on HIV Epidemiology in Southern Africa: Critical questions and new methods. He was joined by Leigh Johnson,Frances Cowan and Owen Mugurungi, who presented on new methods for attaining robust, sustainable HIV-epidemiology estimates in southern Africa.

The team presented three posters:

  • Bridget Dube presented a poster on “Using a project management approach to maximise on the increased demand and uptake of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision during the high-volume winter season: South Africa’s Project 400k campaign.

Her poster focused on the use of a project management approach to coordinate implementing partners in order to maximise on the uptake of medical male circumcision during the high-demand winter season in South Africa.

  • Ayesha Ismail presented a poster on “Learning from the rollout of current HIV prevention methods to improve access and uptake of new prevention products for women and adolescent girls”.

Her poster was based on lessons from the introduction and rollout of oral PrEP and the female condom that could inform the prospective launch of the Dapivirine Vaginal ring.

  • Tamika Fellows presented a poster on “Mystery men: do we know enough about the male sexual partners of young women. Documenting male characterisation research to target and include men in HIV prevention programming”

The project involved reviewing studies and other initiatives used in the DREAMS programme across 10 countries to inform the implementation of male sex partners interventions.

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