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Open Classroom | Reviewing the Effectiveness of Combination Microfinance & HIV Prevention Interventions for Women Engaged in Sex Work

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Presented by: Susan Witte, PhD
Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Given the high HIV/STI behavioral risk exposure to women who depend on sex work for some or all of their income, economic empowerment approaches, including savings-led microfinance, have offered promise for reducing risk. However, outcomes from completed studies to date have demonstrated mixed results depending on the geographic region, combination of approaches, and target population of the study. 

This presentation will review the state of the literature, including our current study on combination interventions for women engaged in sex work, reflect on unanswered questions, and consider some of the theoretical and methodological challenges that may inform future studies.

This program is presented in partnership with the International Center for Child Health and Development and SMART Africa.