The Addressing the Balance of Burden in HIV/AIDS Research Programme Consortium (ABBA RPC) is a partnership of researchers working in eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Our mission is to improve the health, education, livelihoods and overall quality of life among the poor, vulnerable and neglected.

We develop and use innovative tools such as client-centred participatory methods, spatial mapping and quantitative analysis. We build local research capacity and sharing skills across the consortium and beyond. We share high-quality research findings with programme and policymakers. Our focus areas include:

  • Orphanhood and vulnerability
  • ARVs and health-related quality of life
  • Persons with disability and HIV and AIDS
  • Effective programmes for young people
  • HIV/AIDS in hyperendemic settings
  • Healthcare workers and access to services
  • Reducing social exclusion

Planning for the future.
It takes more than reading, writing, or arithmetic to be ready for adulthood.

The Population Council is studying the Siyakha Nentsha project in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to assess the benefits of financial capabilities and life skills for school-going girls and boys vulnerable to HIV and affected by AIDS.

Photo by Eva Roca

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In Amajuba, over half the children live in extreme poverty. Almost every other person is HIV positive. Very few who need treatment are getting it. What can the local government do?

HEARD is working with local government in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to develop an Integrated Child Welfare Management Plan for Amajuba, to help manage growing vulnerability in the district.

Photo by Luke Potter

More about South Africa or Orphanhood and Vulnerable Children

Think you know all the groups at highest risk for HIV?

People with disabilities (PWD) are among those most vulnerable to HIV, being among the poorest of the poor, frequent victims of sexual violence, and often facing barriers to information and services. RATN is working to ensure the needs of PWD are included in HIV policies and programmes in Kenya. The hand-powered wheelchairs shown here were made by PWD for PWD.

Photo by Eva Roca

More about Kenya or HIV/AIDS and People with Disabilities

Can a person with HIV be strong enough to do this?

The University of Liverpool and the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS are studying the impact that antiretroviral therapy (ART) has on health related quality of life. ART has helped many Ugandans resume their normal work and life activities, many of which require strength and good health.

Photo by Nyanzi Wakholi

More about Uganda or ARVs and Health-related Quality of Life

Orphans in orphanages get more food and more schooling than those who live in households.

What does it take to provide support for all orphans?

RDD is comparing the situation of orphans in homes with those in institutions in Ghana and making recommendations to improve the lives of all orphans and support their caregivers.

Photo by Kwadwo Anakwah/ Ato Selby

More about Ghana or Orphanhood and Vulnerable Children

Who cares for the caregivers?

REACH Trust is studying the barriers that health care workers face when accessing HIV testing and treatment themselves. An already overburdened health system will be further stretched if workers don’t receive the care they need and end up missing work or falling ill.

Photo by Brian Goddaard

More about Malawi or Healthcare Workers and Access to Services

  • Teacher in a classroom
  • Young smiling boy
  • Blue bicycle
  • Boy pushing a wheelbarrow
  • Two girls sitting in a classroom
  • Female health worker caring for an infant

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What's new
  • The SDA Bocconi School of Management will be hosting the International Conference on Sustaining and Implementing Universal Health Coverage on 10 February 2012 in Milan, Italy. The proposed program aims to address the hot topics of the four pillars of the Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy: Global Health and Development; Health Care Management; Health Systems Planning and Governance; and Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology. For more details, visit the conference website or click here.
  • As part of the Sexual Health and HIV Evidence into Policy (SHHEP) project, researchers and communications experts came together to share and analyse the strategies they used to influence sexual and reproductive health policy. A Supplement of the journal Health Research Policy and Systems has been published which provides examples of this work from Africa (South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana) and Asia (Bangladesh and India). (more)

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DFID The ABBA RPC project is funded by the UK for the benefit of developing countries.