2012 Tearfund Accomplishments

The Tearfund Evaluation, or what is more accurately known as the Prevalence of Sexual and Physical Violence among Women in Faith-based Drug Residential Rehabilitation Centres study, was commissioned in 2011 but was analyzed and completed in 2012. This study sought to

examine the rate of sexual abuse among women in treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse in 3 cities in the Russian Federation. This study surveyed a totally of 161 women in residential rehabilitation centers and 88 ‘controls’ – women who were not in rehabilitation but who could be compared to the women in rehab. In 2012 the following was achieved:

* In January 2012 the trained interviewers began data collection

* In March 2012, data entry and transmission to CHPIR began

* In April 2012, data cleaning began and analysis began

* In May 2012, Rachel Whetten (PI) and Anna Both (now Koons – PC) began to write the final report as the data analysis became available

* In June, the first draft of the report was released to Tearfund

* In July, 2012, 2 colleagues from Teafund visited CHPIR to discuss future collaborations

* In September 2012 a second iteration of the report was completed by Anna Koons and Rachel Whetten. Major findings below:

o In November, 2012, CHPIR enters into serious discussions with colleague from Tearfund and Russian collaborator to respond to an NIH RFA as a direct result of the successful evaluation contract completion.

Voice of Russia UK Edition’s Tim Ecott interviews Galia Kutranova on our project’s results, click the link for the full audio interview:

Female drug abusers in Russia sexually exploited as children

10.12.2012, 22:44
Research from Russia has shown that a high number of women infected with HIV-AIDS also suffered high levels of sexual abuse as children. The charity Tearfund has been talking to many women who are battling these issues, as well as drug dependency, to highlight the cycle of problems that lead from one to another.

More North Carolinians living with, or at risk of, HIV/AIDS will have access to testing and treatment services thanks to a $2.5 million grant awarded to Duke’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR). The new project, Carolinas Alcohol and Drug Resources (CADRE), builds on services currently offered in Durham and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the next five years, the CADRE program will target racial and ethnic minorities, primarily African Americans, for substance use treatment services and HIV/Hepatitis C testing. Under the leadership of researchers Sara LeGrand and Susan Reif, CADRE will introduce peer outreach and expand its territory to Charlotte, where no such program currently exists.

Editor’s Note: this grant announcement was originally published in Duke Global Health Institute’s Nov. 27, 2012 newsletter.