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UPTAKE Newsletter October 2021: Inaugural Edition

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.