IeDEA Southern Africa network news
ISPM’s bid, together with the School of Public Health at University of Cape Town, for continued funding of the International Epidemiological Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) in Southern Africa was successful.
The project is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). The extension will run from July 2011 to June 2016. IeDEA-SA is a large network of programmes and clinics that treat HIV-infected patients with potent antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, with the following aims:
- To continue to provide the best available data related to the delivery of ART in children, adolescents and adults in Southern Africa, with a focus on long-term program effectiveness and outcomes.
- To describe the long-term and temporal trends in regimen durability and tolerability and examine monitoring strategies.
- To describe important co-morbidities and co-infections of HIV infection, with a focus on tuberculosis and cancer.
- To explore the interface between ART and pregnancy, focusing on pregnant women on ART and cohorts of exposed infants.
These aims were developed collaboratively in a meeting in Mozambique in September 2010 and reflect the research priorities in the context of the scale-up of ART in the region.
University of Bern, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine: www.ispm.ch
University of Cape Town, School of Public Health and Family Medicine: www.publichealth.uct.ac.za