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Dr. Sarnquist focuses on applied teaching and research on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to decrease gender-based violence and prevent HIV infection, especially among adolescents and children. She is particularly interested in rights-based approaches that tackle the complex interplay of factors that lead to poor health for many children and families. All of her work is applied, with direct links health practice and policy, and usually performed in conjunction with non-governmental organization and government partners. She works both globally and in the U.S., with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
With three NGO partners, we are researching the effects of an intervention to reduce sexual violence in the slums surrounding Nairobi.
Asili is an multi-pronged intervention run by the American Refugee Committee (ARC) aimed at imporving health by creating social enterprises in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
We are working to understand polio virus transmission in communities where both IPV and OPV are used simultaneously.
Enhanced HIV/AIDS surveillance