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The HEU has collaborated with national, regional and international agencies to conduct research in various areas. 

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Featured Research


Local Capacity Initiative (LCI) Project

The HEU in collaboration with the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit (PANCAP-PCU).  The LCI Project was geared towards building the capacity of Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Caribbean Sex Workers (CSW), CSOs and other relevant organizations to implement technically sound HIV response activitiesincluding addressing stigma and discrimination (S&D), advocacy for key populations, and strengthening their own financial viability.  Outputs from this Project included:

  • Report of Findings from Baseline Capacity Assessments of CSOs (Jamaica, Barbados, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago)

  • Report of Findings from Endline Capacity Assessments of CSOs (Jamaica, Barbados, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago)

  • LCI Plan of Action for Regional Capacity Development of CSOs

  • Practicum reports from the CSOs in the countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago)


A Situational and Response Assessment of Incarcerated Sex Workers

A research project done for the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT), with the main objective of obtaining and producing concrete data on the sex work life cycle and experience and its relation to infectious disease spread and management in the sex worker and general population.  The study assessed the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) situation of female sex workers (FSWs), both local and migrant.  


Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices (KABP) Surveys in Four OECS Member States - Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis

A Study undertaken with the OECS – HIV/AIDS Project Unit (OECS/HAPU). The study was conducted in the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis. Its main objectives were to identify the key drivers of the epidemic and measure the current impact of HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the islands, to inform the development of programmes aimed at encouraging and sustaining behaviour change.


HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan Development/Costing 

Design of National Strategic Plans outlining the details of response programmes under some of the main headings such as Prevention, Treatment, Advocacy and Programme Management and estimating the cost of implementing these programmes.  Some components of HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan Development/Costing were done for Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago.


HIV and Tourism in the Caribbean: A Study of the Relationship between HIV Disease and Tourism in Selected Tourism Territories

This Study was funded by the UNDP.   The objective of the study was to gain a better understanding of the HIV-Tourism nexus as it relates to the islands of the Caribbean. The study involved a detailed assessment of the factors that both drive and impact on risk and vulnerability in the HIV-Tourism nexus, and responses of the key sectors (public and private) in this context. The study also provided the opportunity for an assessment of the role of public policy as it relates to tourism and HIV-AIDS specifically and travel health in general. The study was conducted across the territories of the English, French, and Spanish speaking Caribbean that captures the diversity of the tourism product across this space.  The first phase of the study covered St. Lucia and Tobago. The second phase covered Jamaica and The Dominican Republic. 


Slow-onset Disasters and Sustainable Tourism Development: Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Sex Work Industry in the Tourism Sector in Selected Caribbean Destinations

This Study was funded by the World Bank.  This study explored the linkage between the economic sustainability of the regional tourism industry within the context of the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.  The countries studied were the Dominican Republic (particularly Punta Cana) and the North Coast Jamaica, Barbados, Tobago and St. Lucia. 


Curriculum Development for Needs-Based Training of HIV/AIDS Personnel in the Caribbean

A component of the World Bank sponsored, Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS Project ).  The development of short-term and long-term training courses was one component of the project which was aimed at ‘Strengthening the National and Regional Response Capacity’ in the Caribbean.  The project allowed The UWI-HEU to undertake training needs assessments of national and regional HIV/AIDS and related organisations in selected Caribbean countries, through study tours and interviews. The following were achieved:

  • Preparation of a final Report containing twelve (12) short-term and long-term course outlines on topics ranging from The Economics of HIV/AIDS; HIV Awareness; Economic Evaluation in Health Care and Statistical Methods in Health Care Research.
  • The training needs identified and the curricula developed have been utilized in training sessions held for national and regional health care personnel by the UWI-HEU.


AIDS Strategy and Action Plan (ASAP) Service Support for Improved Strategic and Annual Action Planning for HIV/AIDS

This Project was funded by The World BankThe purpose of the project is to conduct a capacity-building program that assists policy makers and program managers to develop, modify and/or enhance the National AIDS Strategic Plan for individual countries.  The activity was conducted through an “AIDS Strategic Planning Consortium” comprised of leading global and regional institutions representing regions across the world. The capacity-building programme was centred around the conduct of regional workshops for policymakers, program planners and technical staff. The Caribbean workshop, which was held in Cuernavaca Mexico, brought in policymakers, program planners and technical staff working in the area of HIV/AIDS and Health in general from the Caribbean.  The workshop covered a number of modules around Economic and Epidemiologic data analysis for decision making, Strategic Planning for decision making and Monitoring and Evaluation.


Evaluation Study of the Bahamas HIV/AIDS Programme

The Study was funded by the World Bank.  This study provided a thorough evaluation of the Bahamas experience in the implementation of its National Program for HIV/AIDS and the lessons learned in the process.  The study utilised both primary and secondary data collection techniques.


Guidelines on Law, Ethics and Human Rights and HIV/AIDS

Caribbean Regional Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (CRN+)– A Global Fund Programme, Strengthening the community of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean – A Community Based Initiative.  The objective of the research was to provide to PLHIV with exposure to the key terminology and matters related to with respect to law, ethics and human rights as it pertains to PLHIV.  Output was a book titled Guidelines on Law, Ethics and Human Rights and HIV/AIDS.


HIV/AIDS and Mobile Populations in the Caribbean: A baseline assessment.

This study was carried out in Barbados, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago given their importance as destination countries of regional migrants and tourists and their relatively high HIV/AIDS prevalence rates.

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