Assessing changes in HIV-related legal and policy environments: Lessons learned from a multi-country evaluation

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There is growing recognition in the health community that the legal environment—including laws, policies, and related procedures—impacts vulnerability to HIV and access to HIV-related services both positively and negatively. Assessing changes in the legal environment and how these affect HIV-related outcomes, however, is challenging, and understanding of appropriate methodologies nascent. Researchers conducted an evaluation of a United Nations Development Programme project designed to strengthen legal environments to support the human rights of key populations, in particular LGBT populations, women and girls affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. They analyzed data on activities designed to improve legal environments through a systematic document review and 53 qualitative interviews. Their findings were published in PLOS One.

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Authors: Laura Ferguson, Alexandra Nicholson, Ian Henry, Amitrajit Saha, Tilly Sellers and Sofia Gruskin
Published By: PLOS One
Date: Feb. 23, 2018
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