International HIV/AIDS Alliance: Strategic research partnership
Alongside Tim Rhodes in the Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, staff from Sigma are part of a strategic partnership between LSHTM and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The Alliance is a federation of HIV NGOs in over 40 countries that works to develop the programming and technical capacity of community based organisations central to the HIV response. The national NGOs (called linking organisations) receive guidance and support from the Secretariat, based in the UK, and from each other.
Our strategic partnership seeks to develop the research and evaluation capacity of the Alliance so that linking organisations and the secretariat, are better placed to understand their local epidemics and to understand the success of their actions. Staff from LSHTM support the Alliance on a number of projects, including: the acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among MSM in China, Ecuador and Malaysia; understanding impact of HIV programming for adolescent girls and young women; and needs assessments of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. Alongside this we provide technical advice on programme monitoring and evaluation design, ethics approval processes, and Theories of Change.
Key contact for Sigma: Adam Bourne