Alliance programming (+)draws on a strong evidence-base of existing and emerging HIV research and contributes to this field through research conducted by the Alliance and its partners. The Alliance also publishes peer reviewed articles that promote good HIV programming, and practices to inform HIV programming and policy decisions.
Current research themes
Most of our operational research relates to HIV service delivery, looking at ways in which services can be delivered to reach those who are most in need most efficiently. Main research themes include:
- exploring decentralised provision of antiretroviral therapy
- documenting the delivery of antiretroviral therapy for injecting drug users
- examining the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents living with HIV
- documenting the role and impact of community health workers and community systems
- costing of community interventions to establish value for money of our work.
The Alliance continues to identify and take advantage of opportunities to take forward research relevant to HIV services for key populations.
Partnerships for health services research
The Alliance has formed strong and collaborative research partnerships with other organizations and academic institutions. Most recently, the Alliance has partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in order to improve the rigour, impact and reach of our research. For example, the Alliance played a key role in the UK government's Department for International Development funded Evidence for Action Research Consortium. Click here to read the final report, detailing the key messages that came out over the five years of research in Africa and Asia.
The Alliance has published important papers in academic journals. Click the links below to read our most recent peer reviewed research publications
- Community and service provider views to inform the 2013 WHO consolidated antiretroviral guidelines: key findings and lessons learnt. Authors: Hsieh AC, Mburu G, Garner AB, Teltschik A, Ram M, Mallouris C, Penazzato M, Shaffer N, Easterbrook PJ, Ball A. Published in: AIDS. 2014 Mar;28 Suppl 2:S205-16. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000251.
- Responding to adolescents living with HIV in Zambia: a social-ecological approach. Authors: G Mburu, M Ram, D Oxenham, C Haamujompa, K Iorpenda, L Ferguson. Published in: Children and Youth Services Review.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.03.033
- The impact of Community Mobilisation on HIV Prevention in Middle and Low Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Critique. Authors: Cornish F, Priego-Hernández J, Campbell C, Mburu G, McLean S. Published in: AIDS and Behaviour, 2014 Mar 23. DOI 10.1007/s10461-014-0748-5
Adolescent HIV disclosure in Zambia: barriers, facilitators and outcomes. Authors: Gitau Mburu, Ian Hodgson, Sam Kalibala, Choolwe Haamujompa, Fabian Cataldo, Elizabeth D Lowenthal and David Ross. Published in: Journal of the International AIDS Society 2014, 17:18866
- Community Systems Strengthening for HIV Care: Experiences from Uganda. Authors: Mburu G, Oxenham D, Hodgson I, Nakiyemba A, Seeley J, Bermejo A. Published in: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 2013 Dec 2; 9:343–368.
- Resisting and challenging stigma in Uganda: the role of support groups of people living with HIV.
Authors: Mburu G, Ram M, Skovdal M, Bitira D, Hodgson I, Mwai G,
Stegling C, Seeley, J. Published in Journal of International AIDS
Society. 2013, Nov 13; 16(Suppl 2):18636 doi: 10.7448/IAS.16.3.18636
- Costing human rights and community support interventions as a part of universal access to HIV treatment and care in a southern African setting. Authors: Jones L, Akugizibwe P, Clayton M, Amon JJ, Sabin ML, Bennett R, Stegling C, Baggaley R, Kahn JG, Holmes CB, Garg N, Obermeyer CM, Mack CD, Williams P, Smyth C, Vitoria M, Crowley S, Williams B, McClure C, Granich R, Hirnschall .Published in: Curr HIV Res. 2011 Sep;9(6):416-28.