Research

Being the product of a 35 year research collaboration between the University of Manitoba and University of Nairobi, SWOP-Kenya has been pivotal in KP programming by generating strategic information that has informed policy development in Kenya and beyond.

Currently, SWOP-Kenya continues to do so by adopting the internationally acclaimed model of Implementation Research to inform optimal program delivery. Ongoing research initiatives include:

  • Introducing PrEP into Combination Prevention in Kenya (IPCP Kenya) -We are implementing this project in partnership with LVCT Health, with the main aim being to demonstrate the deliverability of PrEP in existing real life health system structures.
  • Key Population Implementation Science (KPIS) – In partnership with Impact Research & Development Organization, International Medical Corps and International Center for Reproductive Health, the project aims to introduce Oral Self Testing (OST) and optimum peer educator to female sex worker ratio for increased uptake of HIV testing and follow up among female sex workers in Kenya.
  • Simulated Vaccine Efficacy Trial (SiVET) – In collaboration with Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI), we are conducting a double blind randomized placebo controlled trial that aims to evaluate the ability to recruit and retain HIV-1 uninfected key populations from Nairobi by enrollment into a licensed  HBV vaccine study.

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Research dissemination meeting