Highlights: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month | UNICEF Launch New Evidence Gap Map | New MARCH Centre Team Members 
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Adolescents & Young People Theme Spring 2018 

February is Teen Dating Violence (DV) awareness month! The theme for 2018 is: "Hands Unite: Do your Part." For more information on how to get involved go to loveisrespect for a guide to making this month count.
A Theme Leads
Cicely Marston
Helen Weiss

C Theme Student Liaison
Nisso Nurova 


Geographical research mapping survey- please complete by 23rd February!

This survey aims to geographically map the current or most recent research projects relevant to maternal, reproductive, newborn or adolescent health of LSHTM researchers, even if you are not normally involved in the MARCH Centre. This exercise will help us to highlight your research and also inform the MARCH Centre's five-year research strategy. Please complete the survey here.

New team members

We are pleased to welcome two new members to the MARCH Centre team; Deputy Director Audrey Prost and Communications Manager Anjuli Borgonha.

Welcome also to Donald Bundy who has recently joined the school as Professor of Epidemiology and Development. Donald has worked in the field of international child health and development for 30 years.

LSHTM PhD student Monica Kuteesa shortlisted for for the Max Perutz science writing award

Her essay, titled “Alcohol, weed, sex: the high trinity” paints a vivid picture of substance misuse among young people in Kigugu, Uganda, which forms part of her PhD “Epidemiology of alcohol misuse, illicit drug use and their association with HIV among young people aged 15-24 years in fishing communities in Uganda”.

Adolescent Health short course in Capetown- huge success!

The inaugural piloting of the Short Course organized by LSHTM and the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre of the University of Cape Town took place in September in Cape Town. It was a huge success with over 80 more applicants who wanted to participate in the course and we hope to secure funding to run it again.

Upcoming Events

LSHTM Short Course: Adoelscent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries
When: 4th to 15th June 2018
Where: LSHTM

Introduction to the News Media

When: Wednesday 7th March 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Pl, Marylebone, London NW1 4RG

Description: This event is aimed to provide a beginner's guide on how the media work and help facilitate working with journalists. Topics will include engaging with media, how journalists find stories and the role of press office and news editors

"Hands Unite to End Dating Violence: A guide to peer-to-peer advocacy"
What: Loveisrespect webinar
When: Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:00 p.m - 9.00pm GMT

Description: The seminar will explore information strategies in teaching young people about healthy and supportive relationships
Publication Highlights

The effect of community-based support for caregivers on the risk of virological failure in children and adolescents with HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe (ZENITH): an open-label, randomised controlled trial
Ferrand R, Simms V, Dauya E, Bandason T, Mchugh G, Mujuru H, Chonzi P, Busza J, Kranzer K, Munyati S, Weiss H, Hayes R. The Lancet. (2017).

Who meets the contraceptive needs of young women in Sub-Saharan Africa? 
Radovich E, Dennis M, Wong K, Ali M, Lynch C, Cleland J, Owolabi O, Lyons-Amos M, Benova L. Journal of Adolescent Health. (2017).

Pathways to increased coverage: an analysis of time trends in contraceptive need and use among adolescents and young women in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda Read more
Dennis M, Radovich E, Wong K, Owolabi O, Cavallaro F, Mbizvo M, Binagwaho A, Waiswa P, Lynch C, Benova L. PMC. (2017).

Comparing the use and content of antenatal care in adolescent and older first-time mothers in 13 countries of west Africa: a cross-sectional analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys

Owolabi O, Wong K, Dennis M, Radovich E, Cavallaro F, Lynch C, Fatusi A, Sombie I, Benova L. The Lancet. (2017).

Community intervention improves knowledge of HIV status of adolescents in Zambia: findings from HPTN 071-PopART for youth study
Shanaube K, Schaap A, Chaila M, Floyd S, Mackworth-Young C, Hoddinott G, Hayes R, Fidler S, Ayles H. Europe PMC. (2017).

"My mother told me that I should not": a qualitative study exploring the restrictions placed on adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia
Mackworth-Young C, Bond V, Wringe A, Konayuma K, Clay, S, Chiiya C, Chonta, M, Sievwright, K, Stangl, A. IAS. (2017).

The age of adolescence
Sawyer, S, Azzopardi, P, Wickremarathne, D, Patton, G. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. (2018).

Online Resources

UNICEF Innocenti has just launched a new evidence gap map on adolescent wellbeing. The project maps evidence from evaluated interventions in LMICs on protection, participation and financial and material well-being Read more 

In this Podcast, UNICEF Innocenti unpacks the Evidence Gap Map to look at what it is and how it's useful for researchers, policy makers, and programme managers around the world Listen here


Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers
Are you a research-active Clinical Lecturer looking to develop and strengthen your research? The Academy of Medical Sciences is offering grants of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. Deadline: March 16th 2018.

Assistant Professor (Wellcome ISSF/LSHTM Fellow)
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is seeking to appoint up to four LSHTM Fellows at the Assistant Professor level funded by the LSHTM and Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund. Closing Date is  26th February 2018.

UNICEF Innocenti provides a video tutorial on using the evidence gap map on adolescent well-being. The research describes where evidence for policy and programming exists, where it lacks and where it is missing. This tutorial provides skills in using the online tool which visualises the results of the mapping study.
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