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Girl Power

Protecting our women through empowerment and resilience

GIRL POWER is a study seeking to systematically assess different models of adolescent-friendly combination prevention packages within four health facilities in both Malawi and South Africa.

Two thousand adolescent girls and young women (15-24 years old) across both countries consented to participate in the study assessing four models of service delivery:

1) standard of care

2) combo package (youth-friendly biomedical intervention)

3) combo package plus empowerment sessions (biomedical + behavioural intervention)

4) combo package plus empowerment sessions plus a monthly cash transfer (biomedical + behavioural intervention + structural intervention)

The study is led by the Lilongwe Medical Relief Fund Trust (LMRFT) in Malawi, in partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Early findings

  • HIV Risk Factors and HIV Risk Perception Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Malawi. Poster presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017. Abstract. Read…
  • Evaluating the impact of combination HIV prevention approaches on service uptake among adolescent girls and young women in Lilongwe, Malawi. Poster presented at AIDS2017. Abstract. Read…
  • Perception of Girl Power clinics versus other settings in Malawi: a qualitative study. Presented at AIDS Impact 2017. Abstract. Read…


  • Price, J., Rosenberg, N.E., Vansia, D. (2017). ‘Predictors of HIV, HIV Risk Perception, and HIV Worry among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Lilongwe, Malawi’. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Read…
  • Brar, S., Rosenberg, N., Phanga, T. et al. (2017). ‘The Association between Intimate Partner Violence and Depression Symptoms in a Cohort of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Lilongwe, Malawi’. Annals of Global Health, Volume 83 , Issue 1 , 95 – 96. Read…
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