March 19, 2021
Maori added to international HIV study
Victoria University of Wellington is part of a new international collaboration investigating the sexual and reproductive health of indigenous women living with HIV.
The five year project is led by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and will also include universities and community groups from Canada, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
Clive Aspin, the acting director of Victoria’s Health Services Research Centre, says it’s a ground-breaking initiative to provide an opportunity to expand indigenous networks and research capacity in a number of resource-poor countries.
The centre has recruited a leading expert in Māori sexual and reproductive health, Dr Alison Green, to contribute to the project.
Dr Aspin says indigenous women and girls are adversely affected by sexual and reproductive health disparities.
New Zealand is in a good position to share lessons learned about how to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for those groups.
The lessons learned from understanding the HIV pandemic are also crucial to confronting the challenges posed by COVID-19, he says.
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