Suzanne Maman

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Suzanne Maman, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Behavior

 

Dr. Maman’s research into HIV prevention methodologies in Tanzania has led to innovative techniques for preventing both the spread of the virus and the gender-based violence that tends to accompany it.She is a social scientist trained in public health with over fifteen years of research experience related to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. She focuses her work primarily on HIV prevention, specifically testing and counseling, and the mitigation of attendant gender-based violence (GBV). Read More

Dr. Maman’s work on the linkages between HIV and GBV examine violence both as a barrier to women implementing HIV risk reduction strategies and as an outcome of women disclosing their HIV status to sexual partners. Dr. Maman uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop and evaluate interventions that address this nexus between HIV and violence.

Dr. Maman’s work in Tanzania has highlighted the fact men need to be engaged in efforts to prevent violence and reduce HIV risk. She and her team thus designed a study to measure the effectiveness of a novel HIV and violence prevention approach which combines a microfinance and health leadership intervention for 15-19 year old men at high risk for HIV in Dar es Salaam.

She assessed the feasibility of this approach to working with men through an NIH intervention development grant.  Findings from the pilot work led to a new $2.6 million NIH grant to evaluate the efficacy of the combined microfinance and health leadership intervention on HIV and gender-based violence prevention among a larger sample of 1300 men over the next four years.

In addition to her work in Tanzania, Dr. Maman has conducted HIV prevention research in South Africa.  She completed a randomized controlled trial to evaluate an intervention that was designed to enhance the HIV counseling and support that pregnant women get during and after pregnancy. The enhanced counseling intervention was evaluated among a cohort of 1,500 women.  The study led to an increase in consistent condom use among HIV-negative women in the trial over time. She is also working with Dr. Audrey Pettifor in Epidemiology to evaluate an intervention that is designed to mobilize men to change norms and behaviors related to power and control within their intimate partnerships in Limpopo Province.

She was part of a larger multi-site study, NIMH Project Accept, which was designed to evaluate a community-based model of HIV counseling and testing in 48 communities in 4 countries including Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Thailand.    Overall, the Project Accept intervention has led to increased detection of HIV, a decrease in HIV risk behavior among HIV-infected community members as well as a number of important changes in attitudes and behaviours at a community level.  Lessons learned from this study will be important as countries with significant HIV burden design and implement prevention and care programs. Her role on that study was to coordinate a large qualitative evaluation component across the five sites. The outcome of this qualitative study is being published in PLoS One.

Active Projects

  • A Multilevel Intervention to Reduce HIV Risk among Networks of Men in Tanzania
  • Effects of Cash Transfer and Community Mobilization in Young South African Women

Countries

  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

Publications

Contact

331 Rosenau
135 Dauer Drive
Campus Box 7440
Chapel Hill 27599-7440
919-966-3901
maman@email.unc.edu

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