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Dr Sima Berendes

Research Fellow

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135

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

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+44 (0) 20 7958 8161

Sima Berendes joined the Intervention Design and Evaluation Group of the Population Health Department in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health in October 2019 to support the work on the Safetxt trial, an NIHR-funded trial of a safer sex intervention delivered by mobile phone.

Sima has a medical and public health background with more than ten years of clinical, research, teaching, and charitable work experience in Germany, France, the US, UK, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Libya and other African countries.

After obtaining her medical research doctorate at the University of Freiburg in Germany and her MPH degree at Johns Hopkins University in the USA, Sima worked for two years as a study physician and coordinator of HIV/AIDS-related clinical trials at the College of Medicine/ Johns Hopkins University Research project in Blantyre in Malawi.

She then moved to the UK, where she joined the International Public Health Department at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). At LSTM her research focused initially on identifying evidence for the comparative quality of private versus public health care and the effectiveness of strategies to improve the quality of care in low- and middle-income countries. Subsequently, Sima was involved in an EU-funded project to support the Ministry of Health in Libya to develop its first National HIV/AIDS strategy. This included the conduct of biological and behavioural surveillance surveys among key populations in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya, using the method of respondent-driven sampling. Sima contributed to research using lot-quality assurance sampling to assess the coverage and quality of health care services by different providers at national and sub-national levels in Nigeria, Uganda and South-Sudan.

Prior to joining LSHTM, Sima also supported the development of a distance learning course in Global Health at Imperial College London, and assisted SESH Global (Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health) in the conduct of a systematic review and linked Crowdsourcing For Health project on decentralised diagnostic testing for infectious diseases.

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

Basic Epidemiology

Research

As described above

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Health inequalities
Health services research
Health systems
Public health
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Equity
Evaluation
Global Health
Mixed methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Development studies
Epidemiology
Medicine
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted infection

Selected Publications

Inflammation and micronutrient biomarkers predict clinical HIV treatment failure and incident active TB in HIV-infected adults: a case-control study
Shivakoti R; Gupte N; Tripathy S; Poongulali S; Kanyama C; Berendes S; Cardoso SW; Santos BR; La Rosa A; Mwelase N
2018
BMC MEDICINE
Concurrent Anemia and Elevated C-Reactive Protein Predicts HIV Clinical Treatment Failure, Including Tuberculosis, After Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation.
Shivakoti R; Yang W-T; Gupte N; Berendes S; Rosa AL; Cardoso SW; Mwelase N; Kanyama C; Pillay S; Samaneka W
2015
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Finding the gap: revealing local disparities in coverage of maternal, newborn and child health services in South Sudan using lot quality assurance sampling.
Valadez JJ; Berendes S; Lako R; Gould S; Vargas W; Milner S
2015
Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH
Persistently Elevated C-Reactive Protein Level in the First Year of Antiretroviral Therapy, Despite Virologic Suppression, Is Associated With HIV Disease Progression in Resource-Constrained Settings.
Shivakoti R; Yang W-T; Berendes S; Mwelase N; Kanyama C; Pillay S; Samaneka W; Santos B; Poongulali S; Tripathy S
2015
The Journal of infectious diseases
Assessing the quality of care in a new nation: South Sudan's first national health facility assessment.
Berendes S; Lako RL; Whitson D; Gould S; Valadez JJ
2014
Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH
P3.100 Filling the Knowledge Gap: Measuring HIV Prevalence and Risk Factors Among Populations Most Vulnerable to HIV in Libya
Valadez JJ; Berendes S; Jeffery C; Thomson J; Othman HB; Moxon S; Danon L; Turki AA; Saffialden R; Mirzoyan L
2013
Sexually Transmitted Infections
New evidence on the HIV epidemic in Libya: why countries must implement prevention programs among people who inject drugs.
Mirzoyan L; Berendes S; Jeffery C; Thomson J; Ben Othman H; Danon L; Turki AA; Saffialden R; Valadez JJ
2013
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
Filling the Knowledge Gap: Measuring HIV Prevalence and Risk Factors among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Female Sex Workers in Tripoli, Libya.
Valadez JJ; Berendes S; Jeffery C; Thomson J; Ben Othman H; Danon L; Turki AA; Saffialden R; Mirzoyan L
2013
PloS one
Efficacy and safety of three antiretroviral regimens for initial treatment of HIV-1: a randomized clinical trial in diverse multinational settings.
Campbell TB; Smeaton LM; Kumarasamy N; Flanigan T; Klingman KL; Firnhaber C; Grinsztejn B; Hosseinipour MC; Kumwenda J; Lalloo U
2012
PLoS medicine
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