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Matt has been working on HIV, human rights, and various other areas of health for nearly 15 years, and for half of that time has been independent, working for various clients (UN organisations, governments, NGOs), mainly in African countries. He spends most of his time analysing and synthesising different sorts of data, helping organisations to plan and design their HIV/AIDS programmes, and reviewing and evaluating them. He also gets to work with community groups, helping them conduct research and training them in programme development. Matt’s main areas of expertise are programmes with “key populations” such as sex workers and men who have sex with men, and “community systems” for health. You can find his tweets here and his personal blog here.
Kate has worked with multilaterals, bilateral donors, researchers and the non-governmental sector on policy related issues. In recent years she has had more of a focus on research communications and the process by which evidence is translated into policy and practice.
Through Pamoja Kate supports organisations like the ReBUILD Consortium and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to strengthen their communications and research uptake work. She also works with non governmental organisations on advocacy and the creation of plans and products that will influence policy.
Kate has a first degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in Human Rights. She has worked as a Creative, a Policy Manager, Communications Officer and Researcher in a diverse range of organisations. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and a member of the Board of The Pleasure Project.
Stefan Baral is a physician epidemiologist and a member of the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.
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 Global Commission on HIV and the Law housed within UNDP, the development of combination HIV prevention guidelines for the United States Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities Strategy (SOGI) for the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.