Mary A. Bachman DeSilva, DSc

Assistant Professor, Global Health
Crosstown Center – CT394
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Dr. Bachman DeSilva completed her doctorate in Demography and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where her thesis work focused on early child health and subsequent morbidity and mortality in a rural area of The Gambia. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked on a variety of health and development projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on francophone West Africa. More recently, she has worked on the social and economic impacts of HIV/AIDS in Africa and Asia. At the CGHD, Dr. Bachman DeSilva is completing manuscripts for a NIH-funded longitudinal study of orphan welfare in the Amajuba District of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and is currently conducting collaborative research on adherence to antiretroviral therapy in China. Her interest areas include: demography, infectious disease epidemiology, maternal and child health, the socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS, and nutrition and food security in developing countries.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, DSc
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MSc
  • Georgetown University, MS
  • Dartmouth College, AB

Classes Taught

  • SPHIH808
  • SPHIH811
  • SPHIH943


  • Published on 7/16/2013

    Bachman Desilva M, Gifford AL, Keyi X, Li Z, Feng C, Brooks M, Harrold M, Yueying H, Gill CJ, Wubin X, Vian T, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Sabin L. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Real-Time Adherence Device among HIV-Positive IDU Patients in China. AIDS Res Treat. 2013; 2013:957862.

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  • Published on 12/6/2012

    Bachman DeSilva, M., Skalicky, A., Beard, J., Cakwe, M., Zhuwau, T., Quinlan, T., & Simon, J. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 06 Dec 2012 (epub ahead of print). Household dynamics and socioeconomic conditions in the context of incident adolescent orphaning in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012; 1-17.

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  • Published on 12/5/2012

    Bachman Desilva M, Skalicky AM, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Simon JL. Longitudinal evaluation of the psychosocial wellbeing of recent orphans compared with non-orphans in a school-attending cohort in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Int J Ment Health Promot. 2012 Jun; 14(3):162-182.

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  • Published on 2/24/2012

    Bachman DeSilva M, Skalicky A, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Quinlan T, Simon J. Early impacts of orphaning: Health, nutrition, and food insecurity in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012; 7(1):75-87.

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  • Published on 6/1/2010

    Sabin LL, DeSilva MB, Hamer DH, Xu K, Zhang J, Li T, Wilson IB, Gill CJ. Using electronic drug monitor feedback to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive patients in China. AIDS Behav. 2010 Jun; 14(3):580-9.

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  • Published on 4/8/2009

    Gill CJ, Sabin LL, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Jianbo Z, Li T, Wu WJ, Wilson IB, Desilva MB. Importance of dose timing to achieving undetectable viral loads. AIDS Behav. 2010 Aug; 14(4):785-93.

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  • Published on 11/1/2008

    Sabin LL, Desilva MB, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Yue Y, Wen F, Tao L, Heggenhougen HK, Seton L, Wilson IB, Gill CJ. Barriers to adherence to antiretroviral medications among patients living with HIV in southern China: a qualitative study. AIDS Care. 2008 Nov; 20(10):1242-50.

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  • Published on 7/14/2008

    Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, DeSilva MB. Characteristics of patients accessing care and treatment for HIV/AIDS at public and nongovernmental sites in South Africa. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2008 Jul-Aug; 7(4):200-7.

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  • Published on 7/1/2008

    Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Desilva MB. Differences in normal activities, job performance and symptom prevalence between patients not yet on antiretroviral therapy and patients initiating therapy in South Africa. AIDS. 2008 Jul; 22 Suppl 1:S131-9.

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  • Published on 7/1/2008

    Bachman DeSilva M, Beard J, Cakwe M, McCoy K, Nkosi B, Parikh A, Quinlan T, Skalicky A, Tshabangu-Soko A, Zhuwau T, Simon J. Vulnerability of orphan caregivers vs. non-orphan caregivers in KwaZulu-Natal. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2008; 3(2):102-111.

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