HIV Prevention And Programming
At APHA we recognize that communities are central in the development and implementation
of effective interventions that are meant for them. A respectful, trusting, empowering
environment is therefore a critical component of all sustainable health outcomes. Our
work ensures that researchers are fully equipped with the necessary background and
information that allows them to be mindful and considerate of communities’ social,
economic and cultural contexts in the development process.
We also ensure that the
rights and interests of trial participants are protected and that their communities (who
are the eventual end users) are represented and partake throughout the process from
conceptualization and research to rollout of HIV prevention products. This approach is
based on respect and integrity for people and process, and delivers the levels of
community engagement required to yield rigorous research results that are trusted by,
and useful to communities.
The recent positive results that have emerged out of the HPTN
083 study (May 2020) is a testament to the power of strong, credible connections with
communities most affected by HIV and AIDS, and the vital role they play in shaping an
effective response to managing the disease.