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UPTAKE Newsletter Inaugural Edition – October 2021

October 11 marks International Day of the Girl and to mark this occasion we're pleased to bring you the inaugural UPTAKE newsletter. It's been a busy year since the study began last November, including obtaining approval of the study protocol by all the IRBs, completion of community engagement and identification of sites, and development of the UPTAKE website. In-depth interviews for Stage 1 are now underway in Kenya and Uganda with adolescent girls and young women, female sex workers, health care providers, and policymakers. We are also proud to welcome four postgraduate students (two PhD and two MSc candidates) who are working under the project at KAVI-ICR and MUL under the academic leadership of LSHTM. Thank you to everyone in the consortium for your hard work so far in pursuit of our mission to empower choice in HIV prevention technologies for women and girls in Africa.

UPTAKE Newsletter 3rd Edition – July 2023

Since our last edition, the team has been hard at work analysing qualitative data from our formative research stage (Stage 1), completing the first round of quantitative data collection for our values, preferences, and market segmentation stage (Stage 2), and laying the groundwork for our cohort study and modelling stage with the completion of the study protocol (Stages 3 and 4). We're also pleased to confirm that a No-Cost-Extension has been granted by EDTCTP to address COVID-related delays and make sure the team has the time needed to complete the planned activities under Stages 3 and 4. With this welcome news, the UPTAKE study will continue until the end of October 2024.

Are you curious to learn more? Then keep reading for updates on the study and the scholars, find out how the team is contributing to implementation research of innovative products beyond UPTAKE, and watch a new video to hear from the team how UPTAKE is helping to empower choice in HIV prevention technologies for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and female sex workers (FSW) in Africa. 

UPTAKE Newsletter 2nd Edition – May 2022

Since the first edition of the UPTAKE newsletter in October 2021, the study has continued to progress, including the completion of data collection for Stage 1, ongoing preparations for Stages 2, 3, and 4, and the long-awaited first in-person meeting for the consortium in Kampala, Uganda. Take two minutes to read issue 2 of the newsletter, for a roundup of updates and contributions from the team for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on 18 May. 

VIDEO: Empowering choice in HIV prevention technologies through the UPTAKE study

With the UPTAKE study quickly approaching Stage 3 and 4, we're pleased to share a video from last year’s meeting in Kampala, Uganda. Watch the video to hear from the team about how the UPTAKE study is using socio-behavioral research and health economics to inform universally accessible long-acting sexual and reproductive health technologies for African girls, young women, and female sex workers.

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