Alison Wringe BSc BA MSc PhD

Associate Professor

Background

I graduated from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 1999 with a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in French, and then worked for three years with a medical NGO in both Africa and Asia, coordinating TB, HIV and malaria projects.

I came to LSHTM in 2002 for the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries, and subsequently stayed at the School to work on the development of polio vaccination policies for a WHO-funded project. Following this, I undertook my PhD at LSHTM using quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse access to HIV care and antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive adults in rural Tanzania. This research took place within the context of a long-term population-level HIV cohort study that has been monitoring the dynamics of HIV infection since 1994, and evaluating the uptake and impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART) since the start of the national treatment programme.

Since completing my PhD in 2007, I have been workng with the ALPHA network (http://alpha.lshtm.ac.uk/), and currently hold a Medical Research Council fellowship in Population Health Science. 

My research has focused on exploring the role of individual, social and community factors in access to HIV and reproductive and sexual health services, using quantitative and qualitative research methods. I have also worked on studies investigating the impact of using HIV testing and treatment services on sexual behaviour, fertility intentions, HIV incidence and mortality. Other research interests include evaluations of maternal, and sexual and reproductive health interventions including those for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am currently a tutor for the distance-learning MSc in Epidemiology and I co-organise the module on Writing and Reviewing Epidemiological Papers (EPM105) as well as teaching on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (EPM301) and Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (EPM102). I am also a tutor for students from the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, and am a guest lecturer at the Centre for Population and Development (CEPED) in Paris.

I am currently co-supervising two PhD students who are working on the social factors influencing uptake of "test and treat" strategies in Swaziland, and on the reproductive and sexual health needs of HIV-infected adolescent girls in Zambia.

 

Research

I am currently involved in several different research projects with ALPHA investigating the delivery, uptake and impact of HIV and reproductive and sexual health services in sub-Saharan Africa, including leading a multi-country qualitative study across 7 African Demographic Surveillance System sites to investigate “bottlenecks” in effective pathways to HIV care for people living with HIV/AIDS. I am also coordinating analyses exploring HIV policy implementation in several African countries and its influence on HIV-related mortality.

I am Principal Investigator for two studies investigating antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and treatment outcomes among adolescents and patients on second- and third-line ART in Malawi and Kenya. 

More recently, I have become involved in a mixed methods study investigating access to reproductive and sexual health services by Syrian refugees in Turkey and Europe. 

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Disease control
  • Evaluation
  • Fertility
  • Health inequalities
  • Health outcomes
  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Health workers
  • Maternal health
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health

Disciplines

  • Demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sexually transmitted infection

Regions

  • Arab World
  • Euro area
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Greece
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Other interests

  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent HIV
  • Adult Mortality
  • Africa
  • Analysis Of Longitudinal Data
  • Antiretroviral Therapy
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Cohort Studies
  • Data linkage
  • HIV
  • HIV Testing
  • behaviour
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