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Innovations in sub-Saharan Africa - May some of these approaches be transferred to Europe?

Innovations in HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are largely driven by necessity to reach the huge numbers in need with limited resources. Should these innovations be transferred to Europe, where the burden of infection is lower and resources are greater? And if so, how can Europe best learn from the African experience? This talk will focus on innovations in population-level research to reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets and consider what lessons are replicable in European settings.

Speaker biography:

Helen Ayles is a Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health in the Clinical Research Department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has lived in Zambia for 20 years working at Zambart in Lusaka. After training in clinical infectious and tropical diseases in the UK, she trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Helen’s research interest is in the combined epidemics of TB and HIV and in the evaluation of large public health interventions. She is the Zambia principal investigator for the PopART trial (HPTN071), a large community-randomised trial of treatment as prevention for HIV and the overall PI of the TREATS consortium, and EDCTP funded study evaluating the effect of the PopART intervention on tuberculosis.


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