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‘Mapping Pathways’ Project Advocates Community-Driven Solutions For HIV Treatment As Prevention Programs

“Despite years of scientific advances in HIV treatment and prevention, more than two million people are newly diagnosed with HIV annually, demonstrating how community-driven approaches to prevention are still needed to curb the epidemic, experts say,” IRIN reports in an article examining a project looking into local approaches to HIV treatment as prevention (7/31). The project, titled “Mapping Pathways,” brings together “a research institution and community-based organizations in three countries to develop a research-driven but community-led understanding of the evidence base for new antiretroviral-based prevention strategies,” Molly Morgan Jones, a researcher at the public policy research organization Rand Corporation and lead author of a recent report (.pdf) from the group, said, according to a video on the Rand website (6/19). “Development of the Mapping Pathways model relied on research carried out with partners in the U.S., U.K., South Africa and India,” IRIN notes. “We need these processes to be local from inception,” Jim Pickett, Mapping Pathways’ project director, said, “echoing arguments from the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to health that the participation of affected populations in decision-making is key to successful interventions,” IRIN writes (7/31).