Jane Rogathi joins the team as Study Coordinator

As the Option B+ team prepares for the launch of the new stigma study, we are excited to welcome Jane Rogathi as our Study Coordinator at KCMC. Jane is a nurse with graduate-level experience in epidemiology and applied biostatistics. As part of her research for her PhD, she conducted studies to examine intimate partner violence affectingContinue reading “Jane Rogathi joins the team as Study Coordinator”

Team launches new stigma study

The Option B+ Team continues to make great progress as we wrap up our 12-month follow-up of cohort participants and continue data analysis. Preliminary findings have helped us to better understand the challenges pregnant and postpartum women face, and demonstrate the need to address stigma among pregnant women navigating prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services.Continue reading “Team launches new stigma study”

Godfrey Kisigo attends the Global Reproductive Health Leadership Symposium at Duke

Our study coordinator, Godfrey, visited Duke at the end of February to attend the Global Reproductive Health Leadership Symposium. The goal of the symposium was to bring researchers from DGHI priority partner locations in East and South Africa together with their mentors and other Duke faculty, students, and trainees “to strengthen research capacity, develop leadershipContinue reading “Godfrey Kisigo attends the Global Reproductive Health Leadership Symposium at Duke”

Systematic review on retention in HIV care under Option B+ published in JAIDS

As we follow our cohort of HIV-infected women in Tanzania, it is important for us to place our research within the broader context of Option B+ implementation across Africa. Our team conducted the first systematic review synthesizing the growing body of literature describing the PMTCT care cascade in the Option B+ era in Africa. The reviewContinue reading “Systematic review on retention in HIV care under Option B+ published in JAIDS”

Two Option B+ abstracts presented at AIDS Impact Conference in Cape Town

Option B+ team members Melissa Watt and Cody Cichowitz traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to present at the AIDS Impact Conference, an international behavioral and psychosocial science conference addressing issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. Cody gave two oral presentations reflecting work from the B+ cohort and analysis of Kilimanjaro region medicalContinue reading “Two Option B+ abstracts presented at AIDS Impact Conference in Cape Town”

Lilian Chumba presents facility-level data at the DGHI Student Showcase

As part of the Masters of Science in Global Health program at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), students complete a faculty-mentored, field-based research experience between the first and second years of their program. The Option B+ team was lucky to have a wonderful MSc student, Dr. Lilian Chumba, join the team during her timeContinue reading “Lilian Chumba presents facility-level data at the DGHI Student Showcase”

Dr. Watt and Dr. Mmbaga attend Women Leaders in Global Health Conference

Study PIs Dr. Melissa Watt and Dr. Blandina Mmbaga traveled together to Stanford University to attend the 2017 Women Leaders in Global Health Conference. According to conference organizers, the one-day meeting was inspired “by the large and growing number of women in global and public health, and frustration about the lack of diversity and representationContinue reading “Dr. Watt and Dr. Mmbaga attend Women Leaders in Global Health Conference”

B+ team reaches an important milestone

The Option B+ team achieved an important milestone today, reaching our goal of enrolling 200 clients in our cohort! This completes our study enrollment, but there is no shortage of work ahead. The team will continue to follow all 200 women, with a brief check-in after they have given birth, and completing follow-up surveys atContinue reading “B+ team reaches an important milestone”

Farewell to Cody in Moshi

It was a bittersweet goodbye as the Tanzania team said farewell to Cody Cichowitz, who spent the last year in Moshi working on the project as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow. The fellowship program, sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports the training and professional development of the next generation of clinicalContinue reading “Farewell to Cody in Moshi”

DGHI/KCMC symposium addresses mother-to-child HIV transmission

On May 26, 2017, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) co-hosted a symposium at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania, where research teams shared their ongoing projects related to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Tanzania.  The symposium brought together a range of stakeholders to discuss findings and considerContinue reading “DGHI/KCMC symposium addresses mother-to-child HIV transmission”