Promoting male partner involvement to improve maternal and child survival
In a recent study, risk of HIV acquisition and infant mortality was significantly lower when male partners presented to the antenatal clinic for HIV testing or had previously been tested. These results have garnered considerable interest in the international prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission arena and have prompted stakeholder meetings to discuss ways to improve male involvement in antenatal care in sub-Saharan Africa. In this seminar, Dr. Farquhar will discuss the major role partner testing plays in HIV care and prevention in Africa and describe novel mechanisms now being examined in Kenya that may increase the number of men and women who know their HIV status and seek care.
Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington (UW) in the Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. She is the Director of the International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP), Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Pathway, the Afya Bora Consortium Global Health Leadership Fellowship and is the UW Lead for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Farquhar received her MD at Harvard Medical School, and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Washington, where she also earned a Masters in Public Health. She currently spends approximately two months each year in Nairobi mentoring US and Kenyan trainees and conducting research on correlates of immunity against HIV-1, HIV-discordant couples, and mother-to-child HIV-1 transmission. She teaches three courses in the Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health, “AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach;” “Responsible Conduct of International Research;” and “Integrated Global Health Leadership for Residents.” In addition, Dr. Farquhar sees patients one half-day per week at the Madison Clinic and attends on the wards at Harborview Medical Center.