HIV/AIDS Counseling Services
The Adolescent Health Education Project
Care and Support Services for Children at Risk (KNH-CAR)
The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Project (PMTCT)
Camp Rainbow - A Program for HIV+ve Children
Research

 

Research at Asha Foundation

In April 2009, ASHA Foundation was accorded recognition as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

Focus areas of research:
  1. Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV
  2. Adolescent Health Education
  3. Pediatric HIV Infection
  4. Adult HIV infection
  5. Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
  6. Counseling, including telephone counseling
The Research Advisory Board consists of seven members. They are:
  1. Dr. Sundar Rao – (Chairman of the Board) Consultant, Leprosy Mission, India
  2. Dr. Glory Alexander – Director, ASHA Foundation
  3. Dr. I.M. Thomas – Chairperson, IEC Consultants
  4. Dr. A. Nandakumar – Officer-in-charge, National Cancer Registry Programme
  5. Dr. Mannam Ebenezer – Director, SLRTC, Karigiri
  6. Mrs. Joyce Davis – Education Coordinator, ASHA Foundation
  7. Rev. Dr. K.C. Abraham – Doctor of Theology
Current research projects at ASHA Foundation
  1. Impact of Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) on the socio-economic productivity of HIV-infected individuals in an urban Indian Setting. Project period 2011-2013. Investigators: Fehmida Visnegarwala, MD, MPH, Glory Alexander, MD., Eileen Solomon, MD., Anuradha Nalli, Ph.D, Ramu, B.Sc, Saraya Satish, MSW. Status - The data collection is completer and conclusions have been presented at two national conferences in Dec 2011 and March 2012. The research was also presented at the International AIDS conference held in Washington in July 2012. The paper has been sent for publication.
  2. Growth and development of HIV positive children. Project period: 2011-2014 Investigators: Glory Alexander, Anuradha Nalli, Fehmida Visnegarwala. Sarita Rao, Ramu, Saranya Satish. Project has been approved and funded by ICMR Status - Data collection is ongoing. The last set of data is being collected. Preliminary ananysis has been completed.
  3. Evaluation of the teachers' training workshop to assess differences in outcome of pre-service and in-service teachers in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Project period 2011-2012. Investigators: Joyce Davis, Glory Alexander, Biju Sebastian. Status: Data collection and analysis is complete and the paper has been sent for publication.
  4. To determine self-esteem in young adolescents in schools in India. Investigators: Joyce Davis, Biju Sebastian, Glory Alexander. Status: Data collection
  5. Effectiveness of the HIV/AIDS helpline. Project period 2009-2012 Investigators: Glory Alexander, Chitra L. Kanth, Dipty Joseph. Status: Data collection and analysis are complete. The paper is being written up for publication.
  6. Profile of persons attending pre-test counseling at urban counseling centers. Project period 2011-2014 Investigators: Glory Alexander, Chitra L. Kanth, Priyanka M., Merlin M. Status: Data collection is ongoing.
  7. An observational study to determine the coping mechanisms of HIV Positive widowed women Investigators: Glory Alexander, Chitra L. Kanth, Priyanka M., Merlin M. Status: Data Collection is ongoing.
  8. An observational study on determination of perinatal transmission with 3-drug ARV prophylaxis within breast-feeding population in the private sector setting in South India. Project period 2013-2016 Investigators: Glory Alexander, Reena Joy, Philimol Philip. Status: Data collection is ongoing.
  9. Experience and outcome in usage of extended PPTCT protocols in South India. Project period 2009-2014. Investigators: Glory Alexander, Reena Joy MBBS, Philimol Philip. Status: The preliminary findings were presented at the International AIDS conference in Vienna, Austria in 2010, and at the HIV congress in Mumbai in March 2012.The full data collection will be complete in March 2014.
  10. Challenges in the implementation of new WHO guidelines in private centers in South India. Project period 2011-2013 Investigators: Glory Alexander, Reena Joy, Philimol Philip, Jisha Pappachen. Status: The paper is being written up for publication.
List of publications
  1. Assessment of workshop-based training of teachers to impart value-based education to high school students - Joyce Davis, Dr.Glory Alexander, Chitra Lancelot, Dr.PSS Sundar Rao - Journal of Educational Research and Extension; volume 43, Oct-Dec 2006, pages 10-17.
  2. Exploring the barriers to accessing care and treatment for HIV infected children in India - A diagnostic study - Research update – April 2007-published by Population Council – collaboration of population Council, Avina Sarna, Jaleel Ahmed, Glory Alexander, Vaishali Mahendra et al.
  3. Counseling Needs Of Persons Exposed To Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus G. Alexander, B.G. Sunitha, K.L.Chitra. – Indian Journal of Medical Research 126, August 2007, pp 152-155.
  4. Value education for children - Whose Responsibility? -Joyce Davis, Glory Alexander, PSS Sundar Rao – New Frontiers in Education, Vol-40, No-3, July-Sept 2007, pp 246-250.
  5. Mapping the Future - Students' Response to Adolescent Health Education - Joyce Davis, Glory Alexander – booklet, June 2009
  6. Response of Indian School Students to Adolescent Health Education - Joyce Davis, Glory Alexander, PSS Rao - New Frontiers in Education, Vol.43,No.4,October-December 2010, pp 494-499.
  7. Prevention of mother to Child transmission of HIV - Our experience in South India - Vijaya Karthikeyan, Glory Alexander, Eileen Solomon, Sarita Rao, PSS Sunder Rao - Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India, Jan/Feb 2011, Pg.62-66
  8. A descriptive study on the users and utility of HIV/AIDS Helpline in Karnataka, India – Alexander G., Kanth C., Thomas R.- Indian J Community Med 2011; 36:17-20
  9. Demographic Predictors of HIV positivity among Women presenting for Obstetric care in South India - a case control study- E. Solomon, F. Visnegarawla, P. Philip, G. Alexander – AIDS care journal. Vol-23, No.10, October 2011 pp-1336-1343
  10. Description of Comprehensive PPTCT Counsellors’ Training: The Backbone of PPTCT Services in India - Solomon E, Visnegarwala F, Philip P, Pappachen JS, Alexander G. Journal of Health Management. Vol 14,No.3,Sept.2012 pp 369-374


 
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