Current

 

China


Project Name:
 Vaccine Acceptability among Stigmatized Populations in Asia and Africa Research Program

Brief Description: This multi-site, mixed-methods research study aims to examine the social and cultural issues related to introducing future HIV vaccines among female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM). Research findings will enable organizations working closely with FSWs/MSM to develop a community-based vaccination preparedness plan and advocacy strategy to demand ethical, culturally sensitive and affordable HIV vaccination programs for these communities.

Role: Provide scientific leadership and support on the research study, facilitate program meetings, develop elicitation research tools, perform literature reviews, develop survey measures, train country teams on data collection and related procedures, analyze qualitative and quantitative data and write reports, as well as manuscripts.

Funder: Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (Government of Canada & Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

India

Project Name: Vaccine Acceptability among Stigmatized Populations in Asia and Africa Research Program

Brief Description: This multi-site, mixed-methods research study aims to examine the social and cultural issues related to introducing future HIV vaccines among female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM). Research findings will enable organizations working closely with FSWs/MSM to develop a community-based vaccination preparedness plan and advocacy strategy to demand ethical, culturally sensitive and affordable HIV vaccination programs for these communities.

Role: Provide scientific leadership and support on the research study, facilitate program meetings, develop elicitation research tools, perform literature reviews, develop survey measures, train country teams on data collection and related procedures, analyze qualitative and quantitative data and write reports, as well as manuscripts.

Funder: Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (Government of Canada & Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Kenya

Project Name: A South-to-South Collaborative Project to Understand & Address HIV Vulnerability of Male Sex Workers (MSWs) in Nairobi, Kenya
 
Brief Description:
This 3-year project aims to (a) produce a reliable evidence base that can explain the individual, social, environmental, and structural factors that shape the HIV vulnerability of MSWs in Nairobi; and (b) to design and implement a community-based intervention that can address these various levels of vulnerability.
 
Role:
Co-develop project proposal for submission to CIHR; liaise with Kenyan health officials to garner support for project; screen, recruit, and train community researchers for the qualitative and quantitative research phases of the project; support development of qualitative data collection tools; develop quantitative data collection tool for both the project and for national implementation; assist with qualitative and quantitative data analysis; develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate a community-based intervention in partnership with local stakeholders; and assist with writing of final reports and academic manuscripts.
 
Funder:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)



Project Name:
 Vaccine Acceptability among Stigmatized Populations in Asia and Africa Research Program

Brief Description: This multi-site, mixed-methods research study aims to examine the social and cultural issues related to introducing future HIV vaccines among female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM). Research findings will enable organizations working closely with FSWs/MSM to develop a community-based vaccination preparedness plan and advocacy strategy to demand ethical, culturally sensitive and affordable HIV vaccination programs for these communities.

Role: Provide scientific leadership and support on the research study, facilitate program meetings, develop elicitation research tools, perform literature reviews, develop survey measures, train country teams on data collection and related procedures, analyze qualitative and quantitative data and write reports, as well as manuscripts.

Funder: Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (Government of Canada & Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Past

India

Project Name: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Feasibility Study among FSWs in Mysore (India)

Brief Description: Funded by the WHO, this study examined the readiness and acceptability of a PrEP demonstration project among female sex workers.

Role: Saath developed the PrEP feasibility study proposal for Ashodaya Samithi, an internationally recognized organization comprised of male, female, and transgender sex workers, a leader in HIV prevention, care, and treatment, and a UNAIDS designated learning site for the Asia-Pacific region.  Saath also finalized the quantitative data collection instrument for study implementation, trained field team on quantitative research and survey administration, and provided technical support and guidance during data collection.

Funder: World Health Organization

South Africa

Project Name: Development of Training Program for WHO Guidelines on Prevention and Treatment of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections among Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Populations

Brief Description: Through this Eastern and Southern Africa Knowledge Hubs Network (Kenya, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda) project, an e-learning training module was developed for health professionals and policy makers. The development of the module, based on WHO guidelines for prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender populations, was spearheaded by the Enhancing Care Foundation.

Role: Saath conducted current situational analysis of each network member country and presented the findings, as well as the WHO guidelines, at the planning workshop. Saath also conducted a comprehensive literature review on the status of African MSM and transgender populations with a special focus on South Africa and Kenya; the pilot sites for the project.

Funder: GIZ

United States

Project Name: Population Size, Characteristics and HIV Risks among Transgender Individuals in Hartford and Surrounding Towns

Brief Description: This quantitative research study aimed to estimate the transgender population size and characteristics in the Hartford (Connecticut) area, to assess HIV risk behaviours and prevention needs among this community and to develop a deeper understanding of a subset of this population engaged in high risk behaviours, specifically transgender sex workers.

Role: Saath contributed to the study design, development of survey measures, procedures for recruitment, and processing of the data.

Funder: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University