Evidence based interventions
Evidence-based work is one of our core operating principles alongside community-based participatory and culturally sensitive approaches. This means that our interventions and our prevention materials are based either on our own research or guided by national and/or international research. Both are regularly reviewed and updated in accordance with new scientific guidance on efficient prevention methods. This rigorous updating is essential for the project’s overall performance and to ensure the high quality of our activities.
We evaluate our interventions on an ongoing basis to strengthen the link between science and practice. In this way we contribute to creating practice-based evidence, since not all of our operational research can meet the standards of highly-graded scientific evidence.
Our own qualitative research assessing barriers to HIV-testing in the community, and among health care providers guided the development of all our tools supporting the promotion of HIV-testing, such as brochures and guidelines. The counseling guidelines developed for the first line were also evaluated in primary care.
One of our recent studies, the TOGETHER Project, aimed to explain the dynamics of the HIV epidemic among Sub-Saharan Africans within or in community settings in the city of Antwerp. We are also a partner in various European research projects: for instance, we collaborate with the ARC Antwerp to collect data for the European aMASE study . The aMASE study aims to identify the country of infection for Sub-Saharan Africans living with HIV in Europe.
We are also a partner in the European project EURO HIV EDAT, which aims to provide “Operational knowledge to improve HIV early diagnosis and treatment among vulnerable groups in Europe”, which started in April 2014.
Are you interested in research on HIV among Sub-Saharan African migrants?
- Contact Christiana Nöstlinger, team coordinator
- + 32 (0)3 247 64 72
- [email protected]