Sophie Pascoe [Principal Researcher - Epidemiology ]

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Sophie Pascoe

Dr Sophie Pascoe joined HE2RO in April 2015 as a Senior Researcher.  She holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Agriculture from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, and an MSc and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  She has 13 years of experience in HIV and sexual and reproductive health research and the implementation of randomised control trials, in addition to experience of operational research evaluating health systems strengthening interventions. Prior to joining HE2RO Sophie worked for LSHTM in Zimbabwe for 7 years as the epidemiologist/statistician for the Regai Dzive Shiri study – a large randomised control trial of a multicomponent HIV prevention intervention among rural youth, and for 5 years as the Research and Evaluation Manager at BroadReach Healthcare in South Africa with a focus on health systems strengthening. Dr Pascoe has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles in several international journals including AIDS, PloS One, AIDS Care, Tropical Medicine & International Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Journal of Community Health, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, and BMC Medicine.

Projects

  • AMBIT: Alternative Models of ART Delivery – Optimizing the Benefits

    AMBIT is a 2.5-year research and evaluation project in sub-Saharan Africa supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by the Boston University School of Public Health in the U.S., the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) in South Africa, and other local partners. The project, launched in September 2018, will include data synthesis, data collection, data analysis, and modeling activities aimed at generating information for near- and long-term 
  • Explore Students’ and Other Stakeholders’ Preferences for Students’ Access to SRH and HIV Services, Including in Schools

    South Africa recently initiated the Integrated School Health Program (ISHP), a progressive program grounded in the School Health Policy and Implementation Guidelines established in 2003. The ISHP includes screening for a range of health services in select schools. There is debate regarding whether to include provision of HIV-related services and SRH services, including contraception, in schools through the ISHP. We aim to explore the preferences of learners, parents and teachers regarding the 
  • Adult Treatment Outcomes and Opportunistic Infections

    As the HIV epidemic matured in South Africa and the national treatment programme reached 10 years since inception, the team at HE2RO has used longitudinal patient databases to evaluate treatment outcomes among adults initiating ART. We consider diverse factors that may influence the effect of ART and also the impact of changing national guidelines in an on-going