SHARP: Mapping and appraisal of HIV prevention and care interventions for MSM in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe
Staff from Sigma Research and the Centre for Evaluation at LSHTM partnered with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to undertake a comprehensive mapping and appraisal of HIV prevention and care interventions for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Many of these interventions are delivered as part of the Sexual Health and Rights Programme (SHARP), an initiative coordinated by the AIDS Alliance and funded by the Danish Department for International Development (DANIDA).
This appraisal involved the careful assessment of 39 interventions delivered across the seven community based organisations who make up the SHARP partnership. Interviews and focus groups with CBO staff and peer educators, as well as meetings with key stakeholders in each country, considered the aims and objectives of each intervention before assessing their performance in relation to seven key indicators of intervention effectiveness. The ultimate goal was not to assess whether the programme was meeting its stated aims, but rather how it was doing so, including what the barriers to successful implementation might be, and the relative strengths of the programme. Such research can inform the design and delivery of HIV and human-rights based interventions across Eastern and Southern Africa and facilitate further research with this population in the future.
Key contact for Sigma: Adam Bourne