Research Assistant - Health Services & Population Research
This position will be based in the Department of Health Service and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, linked to the Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH). The post holder will work under Professor Melanie Abas on a pilot of an intervention for Malawian pregnant women with HIV to improve depression, viral suppression and engagement of partners in HIV self-testing.
Malawi has a successful programme for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV based on routine antenatal testing. However, 23% of women attending HIV antenatal care are lost to care at one year. Depression is an important cause of poor adherence to medication for the treatment of HIV and disengagement from care. Men are less likely than women to test for HIV and know their status. In Malawi over 45% of HIV-positive women in stable relationships have an HIV-negative partner. Malawi's successful programme of antenatal testing presents an opportunity to engage their male partners in HIV testing. The pilot will finalise and test a combination of evidence-based interventions to reduce depression and optimise engagement in HIV care for HIV positive pregnant woman, and to increase uptake of HIV testing, prevention and care for their male partners.
The post holder, with a background in research in Mental Health, and/or HIV and/or maternal health in low and middle-income countries, will provide comprehensive support to the principle investigator (PI) Professor Abas and co-investigator Rebecca Jopling, and will be required to have an overview of study activities support the study team in Malawi and ensure regulatory documents at King’s College London are obtained.