In-depth interviews (IDIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs) are being conducted with female participants and IDIs with male partners of the participants in the IPM 027 Ring Study at sites across South Africa. These interviews and discussions will explore issues of adherence and acceptability of the vaginal ring. The MatCH Research Socio-Behavioural Team is conducting the analysis of these IDIs and FGDs.
DIFFER: Diagonal Interventions to Fast-Forward Enhanced Reproductive Health
The “Diagonal Interventions to Fast Forward Enhanced Reproductive Health” (DIFFER) research project tests the hypothesis that combining vertical Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) interventions, such as services targeted to Female Sex Workers (FSW), with horizontal strengthening of health systems for SRH within existing health facilities, is synergistic, feasible, and likely to be more effective and cost-effective than providing them separately. In particular, the research activities will build capacity to implement interventions for FSW. This multi-country study consists of a consortium of three African, one Indian and two European partners. The research activities are being undertaken in the African sites (Durban, South Africa; Mombasa, Kenya; and Tete, Mozambique) and in Mysore India. The formative research including a detailed situational and policy analysis informed the development of site and context-specific intervention packages to strengthen SRH services. This study is now in the intervention phase and a comprehensive evaluation will follow at the end of 2015.
The European Union
Prof J Smit (MatCH Research)
MatCH Research Commercial City Site and community in central Durban
University of Ghent – International Centre for Reproductive Health (UG-ICRH), Belgium, Ashodaya Samithi (Ashodaya), India, International Centre for Reproductive Health Association, Kenya (ICRH-K), International Centre for Reproductive Health Association Mozambique (ICRH-M), Lifeline, Durban