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Ms Venetia Baker

Research Fellow

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
London
WC1E7HT
United Kingdom

I am a sociologist by training who specialises in qualitative research. My research primarily focuses on the evaluation of young people's sexual health programmes and HIV prevention. I am interested in using innovative approaches to qualitative methods including utilising digital media. I hold an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from LSHTM. Prior to LSHTM, I worked for Kings College London, researching chronic pain among people living with HIV, and coordinated a maternal and infant health cohort study in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Research

Research Area
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Reproductive health
Sexual health
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted infections
Country
Kenya
Nigeria
South Africa
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Evaluating the Intensity of Exposure to MTV Shuga, an Edutainment Program for HIV Prevention: Cross-Sectional Study in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mulwa, S; Baker, V; Cawood, C; Khanyile, D; O'Donnell, D; Sarrassat, S; Cousens, S; Birdthistle, I;
2024
JMIR formative research
Young people's access to sexual and reproductive health prevention services in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic: an online questionnaire.
BAKER, V; MULWA, S; Khanyile, D; SARRASSAT, S; O'Donnell, D; Piot, S; Diogo, Y; Arnold, G; Cousens, S; Cawood, C; BIRDTHISTLE, I;
2023
BMJ Paediatrics Open
Evaluating the Intensity of Exposure to MTV Shuga, an Edutainment Program for HIV Prevention: Cross-Sectional Study in Eastern Cape, South Africa (Preprint)
MULWA, S; BAKER, V; Cawood, C; Khanyile, D; O'Donnell, D; SARRASSAT, S; Cousens, S; BIRDTHISTLE, I;
2022
JMIR Publications Inc.
'It is guiding us to protect ourselves': a qualitative investigation into why young people engage with a mass-media HIV education campaign.
BAKER, V; MULWA, S; SARRASSAT, S; Khanyile, D; Cousens, S; Cawood, C; BIRDTHISTLE, I;
2022
Culture, Health & Sexuality
“It is guiding us to protect ourselves”: a qualitative investigation into why young people engage with a mass-media HIV education campaign
BAKER, V; MULWA, S; SARRASSAT, S; Khanyile, D; Cawood, C; Cousens, S; BIRDTHISTLE, I;
2022
medRxiv
Effects of a multimedia campaign on HIV self-testing and PrEP outcomes among young people in South Africa: a mixed-methods impact evaluation of 'MTV Shuga Down South'.
BIRDTHISTLE, I; MULWA, S; SARRASSAT, S; BAKER, V; Khanyile, D; O'Donnell, D; Cawood, C; Cousens, S;
2022
BMJ global health
Young Adults' Responses to an African and US-Based COVID-19 Edutainment Miniseries: Real-Time Qualitative Analysis of Online Social Media Engagement.
BAKER, V; Arnold, G; Piot, S; Thwala, L; GLYNN, J; HARGREAVES, J; BIRDTHISTLE, I;
2021
JMIR Formative Research
Young Adults’ Responses to an African and US-Based COVID-19 Edutainment Miniseries: Real-Time Qualitative Analysis of Online Social Media Engagement (Preprint)
BAKER, V; Arnold, G; Piot, S; Thwala, L; GLYNN, J; HARGREAVES, J; Birdthistle, I;
2021
JMIR Publications Inc.
The Global Task Force for Chronic Pain in People with HIV (PWH): Developing a research agenda in an emerging field.
Merlin, JS; Hamm, M; De Abril Cameron, F; BAKER, V; Brown, DA; Cherry, CL; Edelman, EJ; Evangeli, M; Harding, R; Josh, J; Kemp, HI; Lichius, C; Madden, VJ; Nkhoma, K; O'Brien, KK; Parker, R; Rice, A; Robinson-Papp, J; Sabin, CA; Slawek, D; Scott, W; Tsui, JI; Uebelacker, LA; Wadley, AL; Goodin, BR;
2021
AIDS care
"I have failed to separate my HIV from this pain": the challenge of managing chronic pain among people with HIV.
BAKER, V; Nkhoma, K; Trevelion, R; Roach, A; Winston, A; Sabin, C; Bristowe, K; Harding, R;
2021
AIDS care
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