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Building Local Capacity

R2P Small Grants Program

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to strengthen in-country capacity to conduct HIV prevention research.

  • In year 1, R2P focused its small grants on alcohol use as a behavioral risk factor in HIV prevention (DRC, Vietnam, Ethiopia).
  • In year 2, R2P focused on HIV/AIDS among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM). The following grants were awarded to groups in Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa.

Final reports detailing capacity-building activities, country projects, and lessons learned are available for Year 1 and Year 2

An Integrated Approach to Reducing HIV Vulnerability among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Senegal: Research and Evaluation of Income-Generating Tools for MSM

This study, implemented by Enda Santé in Senegal, aims to evaluate the impact of a pilot combination HIV prevention intervention for MSM. The pilot program focuses on socio-economic strategies, such as income-generation activities, in the context of a standard package of interventions. The standard package includes the provision of condoms and lubricants, risk reduction counseling and support, peer education, and STI screening and management. Research methods include random assignment of MSM to an enhanced intervention followed by prospective data collection to assess changes in health-seeking practices, HIV-related risk practices, and markers of social capital. To learn more about Enda Santé, visit the website:

Evaluation of Health Worker Training Intervention to Improve Quality of HIV Prevention and Other Services for Men Who Have Sex with Men in Coastal Kenya

This study, implemented by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), aims to assess the quality and effectiveness of a training intervention offered to 60 healthcare workers from 12 different health care settings near Mombasa, Kenya. The training uses an 8-module system for African clinical care providers created collaboratively along with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa to reduce stigma and improve the quality of patient interactions and service provision for MSM in Africa. Changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral skills will be examined among health providers at three points in time over a period of 3 months. In-depth interviews will be conducted with MSM at baseline and 3 months post-training, to examine health care experiences in target health service settings. To learn more about Kenya Medical Research Institute, visit the Institute's website:

Using Novel Strategies to Access Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM) in South Africa

This study, implemented by the Men’s Health Division of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) in South Africa, aims to refine current methods of engagement and outreach used among MSM in townships surrounding Cape Town, and to implement and evaluate an intervention using new methods including the use of social media and technology. Cross-sectional surveys will be conducted at baseline and follow-up to explore changes in HIV knowledge, risk practices, health-seeking behaviors and potential impact of novel strategies for accessing MSM and promoting HIV prevention strategies. Qualitative methods will be used to inform on the content and roll-out of the project. To learn more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, visit the website:


R2P also supports Johns Hopkins students through field placements for both masters and doctoral students as well as the doctoral student publications initiative, which provides small grants to enable Johns Hopkins doctoral students to work with R2P faculty to analyze data from R2P research projects and take the lead on writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Read master's student Ben Liestman's story of his field placement with R2P in Burkina Faso.