Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA)

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The Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA) aims to enhance the effective use of evidence and help overcome implementation challenges related to prevention, screening and treatment of HIV among adolescents (ages 15 to 24) in sub-Saharan Africa by catalyzing collaboration and communication among implementation scientists, program implementers and policymakers. The Center for Global Health Studies at Fogarty launched the initiative in collaboration with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and other NIH Institutes and Centers.

The goals of the Alliance are to:

  • provide a platform for cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas and information among implementation scientists and other stakeholders focusing on different aspects of HIV in adolescents;
  • enable the research to be better informed by programmatic challenges and questions;
  • inform policymakers of promising evidence and encourage use of the data in decision making; and
  • extend the reach and impact of implementation science related to adolescent HIV prevention and treatment.

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The Alliance convenes a forum that enables the exchange of ideas, insights and experiences in understanding factors that drive uptake and adherence to adolescent HIV prevention and treatment strategies to bridge the gap between research, programs and policy. Forum participants will include NIH-funded scientists conducting relevant implementation research; and in-country partners including PEPFAR in-country staff, key in-country government representatives, in-country research collaborators, and other stakeholders. The forum expects to meet twice per year over two years, with meeting locations that rotate between the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Alliance Members

  • NIH PI: Kristin Beima-Sofie, University of Washington [Related NIH grant]
    Partner: Irene Njuguna, Kenyatta National Hospital
    Country of focus: Kenya

  • NIH PI: Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Marc Cotton, Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Campus
    Partner: Landon Meyer, University of Capetown
    Country of focus: South Africa

  • NIH PI: Paula Brantstein, University of Toronto [Related NIH grant]
    Partner: Edith Apondi, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital
    Partner: Judy Wachira, Moi University
    Country of focus: Kenya

  • NIH PI: Julie Denison, John Hopkins University [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Sam Miti, Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital
    Partner: Jonathan Mwansa, Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital
    Country of focus: Zambia

  • NIH PI: Geri Donenberg, University of Illinois, Chicago [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Brenda Kateera, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    Partner: Sabin Nsanzimana, Ministry of Health
    Country of focus: Rwanda

  • NIH PI: Dorothy Dow, Duke University Medical Center [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Nyasatu Chamba, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center
    Partner: Aisa Shayo, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center
    Country of focus: Tanzania

  • NIH PI: Ann Kurth, Yale University School of Nursing [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Kawango Agot, Impact Research Institute
    Partner: Irene Inwani, Kenyatta National Hospital
    Country of focus: Kenya

  • NIH PI: Marguerita Lightfoot, University of California, San Francisco [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Megan Dunbar, Pangaea Global AIDS and Zimbabwe AIDS Trust
    Partner: Felix Muhlanga, University of Zimbabwe
    Country of focus: Zimbabwe

  • NIH PI: Elizabeth Lowenthal, University of Pennsylvania [Related NIH grant]
    Partner: Mogomotsi Matshaba, Botswana-Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence
    Partner: Thabo Phologolo, University of Botswana
    Country of focus: Botswana

  • NIH PI: LaRon Nelson, University of Rochester [Related NIH grant]
    Partner: Patrick Appiah, Youth Alliance on Health and Rights
    Partner: Francis Boakye, Priorities on Rights and Sexual Health
    Country of focus: Ghana

  • NIH PI: Audrey Pettifor, University of North Carolina [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Kathleen Kahn, University of Witwaterstrand
    Country of focus: South Africa

  • NIH PI: Nora Rosenberg, University of North Carolina [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Dhrutika Vansia, University of North Carolina
    Country of focus: Malawi

  • NIH PI: Nadia Sam-Agudu, University of Maryland, Baltimore [Related NIH grant]
    Partner: Victoria Isiramen, UNICEF Nigeria
    Partner: Ayodotun Olutola, Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance
    Country of focus: Nigeria

  • NIH PI: Fred Ssewamala, Washington University in St. Louis [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Abel Mwebembezi, Reach the Youth Uganda
    Partner: Gertrude Nakigozi, Rakai Health Sciences Program
    Country of focus: Uganda

  • NIH PI: Brian Zanoni, Massachusetts General Hospital [Related NIH grants]
    Partner: Thobekile Sibaya, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Country of focus: South Africa

Alliance Steering Committee

  • Susannah Allison, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at NIH
  • Wole Ameyan, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Melanie Bacon, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH
  • Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
  • Elizabeth Berard, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Laura Guay, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Sonia Lee, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH
  • Chewe Luo, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Pragna Patel, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • George Siberry, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)
  • Satvinder Singh, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Natalie Tomitch, Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at NIH
  • Damilola Walker, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Heather Watts, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)

Inquiries

Rachel Sturke, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.I.A.
Deputy Director and Senior Scientist
Center for Global Health Studies
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Email: Rachel.Sturke@nih.gov

Susan Vorkoper, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Global Health Research and Policy Analyst
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Email: Susan.Vorkoper@nih.gov

Updated October 2018

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