Adding Behavioural Science Capacity to Document Deterrents and Promoters of HIV Vaccine Trials in Nigeria

Access to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy has significantly enhanced quality of life and life expectancy for people living with HIV infection in low-income countries such as Nigeria. However, an effective HIV vaccine remains the best hope of ending the epidemic.

One of the challenges impeding the discovery of an effective HIV vaccine is recruiting and retaining participants in HIV vaccine trials. To address this important gap, this project will fund a Nigerian student's master's degree studies in psychology at the University of Ottawa. This training will help develop tools and strategies to identify the key psychosocial barriers and motivators to participation and retention in HIV vaccine research and clinical trials in Nigeria.

This funding builds on work conducted under an earlier project, "Creating a Common Platform for HIV Vaccine Research and HIV Care and Treatment Program (106356)," which addressed a number of vaccine preparedness issues, such as:
-identifying groups suitable for vaccine testing;
-promoting government capacity to advocate, support ethical research, manage, and monitor HIV vaccine trials; and,
-educating the community about vaccine trials.

While the project proposed to establish an internationally certified clinical research laboratory to support HIV vaccine trials, the study site lacks local expertise in behavioral research. This capacity is critical for identifying risk factors, promoters, and deterrents for future HIV vaccine trials. This new funding will address that gap by increasing local expertise in the design and implementation of socio-behavioural studies.

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Start Date

Monday, March 19, 2012

End Date

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Cohen, Marc

Total funding

CA$ 50,000


Nigeria, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Gary E. Garber

Project Leader

Alash'le Abimiku


Institute of Human Virology Nig Ltdgte

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