Global Health Research Seminar Series – The SUSTAIN Study in South Africa (Supporting Sustained HIV Treatment Adherence after Initiation)

1:00 pm on Monday, September 20, 2021
2:00 pm on Monday, September 20, 2021
Speakers: Dr. Lora Sabin and Dr. Nafisa Halim. BIO: Lora Sabin, who was trained originally in economic development, teaches courses at BUSPH for MPH and DrPH students on health economics and financial management, public health ethics, program management, and poverty, health, and development. She also conducts research on child and adolescent health, behavioral interventions related to HIV and other infectious and chronic diseases, and economic evaluations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Her current and recent projects include: assessing multiple HIV treatment support interventions in South Africa; conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of a new mobile healthcare service in northern Namibia; evaluating implementation and initial effectiveness of interventions to improve care for individuals with chronic conditions in Bhutan and Timor-Leste; assessing implementation of monthly injections for HIV treatment in alternative settings in Boston; and investigating TB-related stigma in India. BIO: Nafisa Halim is an applied sociologist with research interests in developing and testing interventions to reduce socio-economic, cultural, and behavioral barriers to reproductive, maternal and child health in HIV affected and/or resource-poor settings. Halim’s most current work focuses on the intersection between intimate partner violence against (IPV) and mental health (including depression and suicidality) among pregnant and postpartum women in India. Since 2009, Halim has worked on numerous IPV studies involving quantitative and qualitative methods on topics ranging from IPV correlates, consequences, and measurement methodologies. Most recently, Halim led a systematic review documenting evidence of IPV effects on maternal mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period; led a formative evaluation study using qualitative methods, which aims to inform the development of an intervention for men to prevent women’s IPV victimization in Bangladesh; examined using a cluster randomized controlled trial the efficacy of a gender-training intervention targeting men and community leaders to improve gender attitudes and reduce IPV perpetration in men in Tanzania. Nafisa teaches the MPH program core course, Individual, Community, and Population Health (ICPH), as well as courses on monitoring and evaluation, and data to dashboards.