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Key Populations Program

Program Director: Stefan Baral

The Key Populations Program (KPP) focuses on using the scientific tools of public health to address the health and rights of populations in need. The KPP has active projects with key populations including sexual minorities, sex workers, and people who use drugs in countries of Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa as well as Central, Eastern, and South-East Asia, and the Former Soviet Union. In addition to in-country research and programming, the KPP has completed global reviews of the epidemiology, prevention status, human rights and policy contexts separately for men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who use drugs for the World Bank. The KPP has also supported the Commission of HIV and the Law housed within the UNDP, the development of the combination HIV prevention guidelines for the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities Strategy (SOGI) for the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

The JHU-KPP team has completed projects in collaboration with the government in Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Konakry, Capo Verde, South Africa, Former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Mongolia, among other countries. The data that resulted from collaborative studies by JHU-KPP are cited in national strategic plans for several Sub-Saharan African countries.

Photo Credit: Matthew Willman


Big Data Science

Leveraging available HIV-related data for key populations to assemble multiple data sources and integrate into a comprehensive data warehouse to estimate key population-specific indicators, inform dynamic transmission models to estimate differential risks of onward HIV transmission and utilize programmatic data in partnership with implementing partners in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa.

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