A former professor of mine, Dr. Richard Wamai, is doing some work on HIV/AIDS with colleagues at Brown University and the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico (INSP) that may be of interest to this community. The text below is adapted from a recent email exchange we shared. Dr. Wamai is a member of the HIV Prevention community so please feel free to connect with him in this community with any questions/thoughts.
Last year Dr. Wamai and colleagues received an award from the Gates Foundation to study HIV efficiency in a project called “Optimizing the Response of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Africa (ORPHEA)”. The project is being carried out in five countries in Africa and Dr. Wamai is co-leading the team for Kenya. My alma mater, and Dr. Wamai's university, Northeastern University, recently put out a story here: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2013/01/richard-wamai/.
A quote from the NEU article: "The project...is focused on determining the actual costs of providing a unit of service for HIV/AIDS interventions, and how that process can become even more cost effective. In particular, the project will measure the technical efficiency of four HIV/AIDS prevention interventions: mother-to-child transmission, male circumcision, HIV testing and counseling, and male and female sex workers’ access to treatment and services."
On a related note, one of Dr. Wamai's colleagues - an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown, Omar Galarraga - just published two papers on economic incentives to behavior change (below), and provided a link to a Brown University press on a study about economic incentives for reducing HIV risk.
Willingness-to-accept reductions in HIV risks: conditional economic incentives in Mexico.
Galárraga O, Sosa-Rubí SG, Infante C, Gertler PJ, Bertozzi SM.
Eur J Health Econ. 2013 Feb 2. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 23377757 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conditional Economic Incentives to Improve HIV Treatment Adherence: Literature Review and Theoretical Considerations.
Galárraga O, Genberg BL, Martin RA, Barton Laws M, Wilson IB.
AIDS Behav. 2013 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 23370833 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Link leads to: http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2013/02/mexico