Upcoming Events


The Sparkman Center for Global Health has had a busy couple of weeks with visitors coming from across the country and world! We have welcomed our guests working on studies in Kenya, both the Jamii Bora Study as well as the MOTIVATE Study. Aside from our staff at Sparkman – Dr. Turan and Anna Helova – and UAB doctoral students Liza Kimbo and Pam Musoke – we welcomed Dr. Lynae Darbes, Associate Professor in the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities and Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences from the University of Michigan and Co-Principal Investigator for the Jamii Bora Study. We are also expecting Dr. Zachary Kwena, Site Principal Investigator with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), at the end of October. We also welcomed Dr. Leslie McClure, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University; Kevin Owuor, Statistician and Evaluations Advisor for the Centre for Health Solutions (CHS) in Nairobi, Kenya; and Dr. Lisa Abuogi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado - Denver. Dr. Maricianah Onono, Medical Doctor and Research Scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and University of California, San Francisco and Dr. Peter Memiah, Assistant Professor in Public Health at the University of West Florida are also working with these groups.  

What are these studies?

What is the Jamii Bora Study? The purpose of the study is to develop and pilot-test a home-based intervention to facilitate safe HIV testing and disclosure within pregnant couples in order to increase use of prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) and family health services in Kenya. Jamii Bora is Swahili for Better Community. Click here to read more: http://www.uab.edu/sparkmancenter/news/367-new-r01-grant.

What is the MOTIVATE Study? The MOTher Infant Visit Adherence & Treatment Engagement Study seeks evidence-based strategies to promote women’s adherence to ART and retention of mothers and their babies in PMTCT care continuum. It is rigorously testing two evidence-based interventions community mentor mothers & personalized mobile text messaging to maximize ART adherence and retention in care. Here is a MOTIVATE Study presentation made by our visitor Mr. Kevin Owuor.



Pictured above from left to right are Dr. Lynae Darbes, Anna Helova, Pam Musoke, Liza Kimbo, and Dr. Janet Turan. This group of women have been working on the Jamii Bora Study.



Pictured above from left to right are Dr. Janet Turan, Dr. Lisa Abuogi, Dr. Leslie McClure, and Kevin Owuor. They are visitors for the MOTIVATE Study.



Pictured above is Dr. Leslie McClure during her seminar of "Design and Analysis of Cluster Randomized Trials".



Pictured above is Kevin Owuor during his seminar of MOTIVATE Study as seen in the links included.



Pictured above is Dr. Lisa Abuogi during her seminar of "Finding what works: Implementing Science and Capacity Building to Optimize HIV Care in Kenya".