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.

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.

AHISA Steering Committee

  • Susannah Allison, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at NIH
  • Abdelkader Bacha, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • 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)
  • Gina Brown, Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at NIH
  • Nahida Chakhtoura, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH
  • Laura Guay, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Rohan Hazra, 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)
  • 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 April 2017

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