Over the years, Epicentre has conducted several research projects and impact evaluations in communities, hospitals and clinics, and workplaces in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho for a range of clients, partnering with several research or funding organisations.
The following featured projects give an idea about the services that Epicentre provided for each of these projects:
LSHTM Evaluation of the Shuga TV Drama (2018-2020)
To evaluate the effectiveness of the Gates Funded TV drama on HIV transmission.
DREAMS impact evaluation
To evaluate the impact of the DREAMS Programme on HIV incidence among a household-based representative sample of adolescent girls and young women in four districts in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Population Council male partners study (2016-2018)
To identify the characteristics of high transmitting men and how to link them to treatment.
HIPSS HIV incidence surveillance study
To establish a population-based HIV Incidence Provincial Surveillance System.
ICAP Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey
To measure HIV prevalence and incidence in a household-based, nationally representative sample of men and women aged 18-49, before and after the scale-up of a HIV prevention program.
ALAFA Lesotho HIV Sero-Prevalence Study (2009)
To understand how workers’ HIV knowledge, attitudes, sexual behaviour and HIV prevalence had changed due to programme implementation.
Other projects that Epicentre is currently involved in
SAMRC YW&G impact evaluation (2016-2019)
To determine the impact of the Global Fund intervention on HIV incidence in a household-based representative sample of young women and girls in ten districts across seven provinces in South Africa.
CAPRISA Adolescent Network Study (2016-2018)
To identify HIV transmission linkages that contribute to the source of infection in adolescent girls in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
CAPRISA ARV File Review (2015-2018)
To identify gaps and weaknesses in HIV and TB service delivery, specifically in uncovering bottlenecks in the detection and management of 2nd and 3rd line ART failure and TB drug resistance.
SAMRC ANC and HCT evaluation (2016-2017)
To assess if routine antenatal care data could replace the national study and evaluating the standard of HIV counselling and testing.
SAMRC validation of the death register (2017-2018)
To assess the accuracy of the SA death register.
NICD Crag+ study (2017-2018)
To evaluate the screening and treatment for Cryptococci meningitis in SA.