Implementing Community Engagement for Combination Prevention: Lessons Learnt From the First Year of the HPTN 071 (PopART) Community-Randomized Study.


Simwinga, M; Bond, V; Makola, N; Hoddinott, G; Belemu, S; White, R; Shanaube, K; Seeley, J; Moore, A; HPTN 071 (PopART) study team, ; (2016) Implementing Community Engagement for Combination Prevention: Lessons Learnt From the First Year of the HPTN 071 (PopART) Community-Randomized Study. Current HIV/AIDS reports, 13 (4). pp. 194-201. ISSN 1548-3568 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11904-016-0322-z

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Abstract

: Key to the success of a HIV combination prevention strategy, including galvanizing the current push to roll out universal test and treat (UTT), is the involvement and buy-in of the populations that the strategy aims to reach. Drawing on the experiences of engaging with 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa in the design and implementation of a community-randomized study of combination HIV prevention including UTT, this paper reflects on the commitment to, approaches for and benefits of involving communities. Key lessons learnt include that all communities require continuous community engagement (CE) and engagement needs to be adapted to diverse local contexts. Intrinsic goals of CE, such as building trusting relationships between study stakeholders, are necessary precursors to instrumental goals which strengthen the research quality. Engaging the community for combination prevention requires that CE successfully bridges science and real life, paying attention to influences in the wider social landscape.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Research Centre: Anthropology, Politics and Policy Group (APPG)
PubMed ID: 27405816
Web of Science ID: 382003000002
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2728860

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