A group of Florida State College researchers has launched into a brand new venture geared toward increasing HIV prevention and care sources in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, founding director of the Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation, and Kathryn Muessig, affiliate director of IDHI, each professors within the FSU Faculty of Nursing, traveled to Lusaka, Zambia, within the framework of the RISE venture. RISE is a part of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being’s PATC3H consortium, an effort to develop take care of adolescents affected by HIV dwelling in areas of the world with fewer sources.
This initiative represents an vital step ahead in addressing the distinctive well being care wants of marginalized communities within the area.
The work of Hightow-Weidman and Muessig is funded for 5 years. Throughout this time, the IDHI group will set up partnerships, create the analysis protocol and intervention content material, receive regulatory approvals, and rent and practice group members and workers.
“We intention to deal with relationship and capability constructing in addition to communications and data dissemination all through the total examine interval to maximise the attain and affect of the venture,” he mentioned. mentioned Hightow-Weidman, who additionally serves because the FSU Faculty of Nursing’s interim affiliate dean for analysis.
The RISE intervention, the primary of its type in sub-Saharan Africa for adolescents, will use the HealthMpowerment smartphone intervention platform created by Hightow-Weidman. This modern method combines digital well being instruments with sturdy outreach and group service efforts to extend uptake and upkeep of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and adherence to HIV antiretroviral drugs.
The RISE examine is a collaborative effort involving FSU; College of Maryland, Baltimore; CIHEB Zambia; the Institute of Human Virology (Nigeria); the Inhabitants Well being Initiatives Middle (Nigeria); Companions for Well being and Improvement in Africa (Kenya); and the Middle for Individuals Improvement (Malawi). Native authorities leaders and group service suppliers from every companion nation can even assist the venture.
Throughout their current go to to Lusaka, Hightow-Weidman and Muessig participated in excursions of group well being clinics and group service facilities within the surrounding areas. These visits allowed them to work together with group members and leaders who shared their experiences and recognized essential well being matters, together with psychological well being, social assist, and entry to well being and medical data. customized by way of smartphones.
Hightow-Weidman and Muessig additionally highlighted Undertaking RISE’s distinctive method, which mixes in-person interactions, digital well being instruments, and powerful group and scientific partnerships. The intervention takes a ‘standing impartial’ method to HIV prevention and care, offering a variety of sources, instruments and data for a extra holistic method to well being and wellbeing populations affected by HIV.
“We each love working on this subject and are excited that IDHI, the Faculty of Nursing and extra broadly FSU have the chance to develop our affect by growing entry to customized providers and data for adolescents and younger adults around the globe,” Muessig mentioned.