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What We Do

Routine HIV data are key to understanding the HIV epidemic and the impact of prevention and treatment interventions.

The unique contribution of MeSH is to:

  • maximise the potential of data routinely collected through HIV surveillance and service delivery platforms
  • provide timely information on key outcomes in relevant populations, and to support resource allocation and realignment

Our activities are driven by three core questions:

How best to characterise locations, populations and individuals at greatest HIV risk through better harnessing of data from HIV prevention programmes?

How to measure / estimate HIV incidence through harnessing data from routine HIV testing platforms?

How best to understand onward HIV transmission risk through better analysis of individual-level, de-duplicated data among all people living with HIV?

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Who We Are

The consortium consists of four research groups based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of North Carolina (UNC) Project Malawi in Lilongwe, the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research Zimbabwe (CeSHHAR) in Harare, and the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Meet the Teams

It's time, it seems, to meet the teams.

Centre for Sexual Health HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) in Harare,
Zimbabwe

CeSHHAR takes forward a range of HIV prevention and care activities in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. MeSH has been working in partnership with CeSHHAR since 2015 and has helped strengthen care cascade analysis, develop prevention cascade frameworks among female sex workers, and attain national sex worker size estimates.

Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

CIDER, a MeSH collaborative partner since 2015, combines infectious disease epidemiology, implementation science in routine information systems, HIV cohort management and analysis, and infectious disease modelling, all strongly linked to service delivery and improvement. The group are a WHO collaborating centre for HIV epidemiology and research and are responsible for the national care and treatment software for South Africa.

University of North Carolina (UNC) Project Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi

UNC Project-Malawi has been running since 1999 as a centre of excellence for HIV/STD research, care and capacity building. This group has worked with the Malawi Ministry of Health in designing programs to control the spread of HIV and STIs, developing and testing country-specific STI guidelines, and facilitating care in STI clinics. UNC Project-Malawi now provides free HIV testing and counselling to outpatients at Bwaila STI clinic, with a focus on identifying acute infection, and partners with the Lighthouse HIV outpatient clinic and Kamuzu Central Hospital inpatient facilities.

 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - LSHTM

Portrait of James Hargreaves from LSHTM

James Hargreaves

Professor James Hargreaves is Director of the MeSH consortium. He is a Professor in Epidemiology and Evaluation with a focus in social epidemiology and public health evaluation.

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Portrait of Brian Rice, an Associate Professor at LSHTM and Deputy Director of the MeSH consortium.

Brian Rice

Brian Rice is an Associate Professor at LSHTM and Deputy Director of the MeSH consortium. For the best part of the past twenty years, Brian has worked in the field of HIV surveillance epidemiology . . .

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Kat Grainger, Project Manager for the MeSH consortium.

Kathie Granger

Kathie Granger is the Project Manager for the MeSH consortium. She has 20 years’ experience in marketing and finance and has worked within HIV and sexual health as project manager for the past 10.

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Portrait of Flora Stevens who leads the knowledge translation and dissemination activities for the MeSH Consortium, as well as having her own research agenda.

Flora Stevens

Flora Stevens leads the knowledge translation and dissemination activities for the MeSH Consortium, as well as having her own research agenda.

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Lucy Platt, Professor of Public Health Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a co-investigator on the MeSH Consortium.

Lucy Platt

Lucy Platt is a Professor of Public Health Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a co-investigator on the MeSH Consortium.

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Centre for Sexual Health HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) in Harare,
Zimbabwe

Frances Cowan, clinical epidemiologist and Professor of Global Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) Zimbabwe.

Frances Cowan

Frances is clinical epidemiologist and Professor of Global Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) Zimbabwe. She leads a portfolio of HIV implementation research in Zimbabwe including with sex workers.

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Fortunate Machingura, research director - Key Populations at the Center for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe).

Fortunate Machingura

Dr Fortunate Machingura currently serves as the Research Director - Key Populations at the Center for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe).

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Galven Maringwa, Research Statistician at the Centre for Sexual Health, HIV & AIDS Research (CeSHHAR).

Galven Maringwa

Galven Maringwa is a Research Statistician at the Centre for Sexual Health, HIV & AIDS Research (CeSHHAR). He holds a Master of Science in Statistics specializing in Biostatistics . . .

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Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Andrew Boulle, Public Health Medicine specialist with the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health and Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

Andrew Boulle

Professor Andrew Boulle is a Public Health Medicine specialist with the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health and Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

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Nisha Jacob, a Public Health physician and senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

Nisha Jacob

Dr Nisha Jacob is a Public Health physician and senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

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Meg Osler, Senior Technical Advisor for Strategic Information and stewards the development of the TIER.Net health information system.

Meg Osler

Meg Osler is a Senior Technical Advisor for Strategic Information and stewards the development of the TIER.Net health information system.

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Alexa Heekes, Senior Data Scientist at the Western Cape Provincial Health Data Centre (WCPHDC).

Alexa Heekes

Alexa Heekes is a Senior Data Scientist at the Western Cape Provincial Health Data Centre (WCPHDC) . . .

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University of North Carolina (UNC) Project Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi

Mina Hosseinipour, Scientific Director of the UNC Project in Lilongwe Malawi and Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Mina Hosseinipour

Dr. Hosseinipour is the Scientific Director of the UNC Project in Lilongwe Malawi and Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Emmanuel Singogo, Program Manager/Analyst for MeSH/University of North Carolina (UNC) Project in Malawi.

Emmanuel Singogo

Emmanuel Singogo is the Program Manager/Analyst for MeSH/University of North Carolina (UNC) Project in Malawi. The MeSH/UNC-Malawi partnership is currently working to support . . .

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Sharon Weir

Sharon Weir

Sharon focuses on research to identify and characterize local sexual and injecting drug use networks in resource poor settings among the most vulnerable populations . . .

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