Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Bond is a Social Anthropologist and Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Based in Zambia, she heads the social science unit at Zambart. She is the lead social scientist for PopART (Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy to Reduce HIV Transmission) a large community-randomized trial being carried out in 21 communities in South Africa and Zambia. The trial is designed to evaluate the impact of a universal test-and-treat intervention on population-level HIV incidence. Similar to HAI’s Botswana Combination Prevention Project, the goal of PopART is to dramatically reduce the number of new HIV infections.
Martha Henry, Executive Director of HAI, spoke over Skype with Dr. Bond in Zambia.
Sent: October 30, 2013
Subject: YA TSIE-In the Field
This is to confirm that the YA TSIE Study—The Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP) is underway and the team deployed today 30th October in the field at both Ranaka and Digawana. While there have been challenges and some initial delay in study initiation, it is with great confidence in the team and their ability to rise up to challenges that I am confident this shall become one of BHP’s blue chip studies. I wish the team success and God’s Speed as they roll out this immensely challenging study.
Dr. Joseph Makhema
C.E.O. Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute
It was the first week of June in 2015. The BCPP leadership team was stressed. There were even more conference calls than usual. Two upcoming events could change the course of the trial. The first was a June 11th meeting of the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. The second was the July meeting of the International AIDS Society (IAS) in Vancouver.