May Update

May 29, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this monthly review finds you healthy and safe. Life around the world is changing with some restrictions easing although the cases are still increasing. This year, our InWomen’s conference – the only conference that addresses substance use among global populations of women, LGBT+ individuals, how addiction affects families, and also gender differences and other risk issues  – will be held virtually on June 19th. In the collaborative spirit of the InWomen’s global community, we have waived registration fees for attendees as no travel is needed this year. We hope that this will allow many of you around the world who have yet to attend an InWomen’s conference, as well as all of you who have previously attended, to join us in our first-ever virtual meeting!

For more information on the conference program and poster sessions visit: 

InWomen’s Blog


To go directly to registration, visit:

InWomen’s Registration

RTI Gender-related May Project Wins

  • 2020 Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey (OPAS) – COVID-19 Add-On from Ohio State University
  • Add-On: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Feasibility Study and Pilot of the Home Visiting from PHS HRSA Contract Operations Branch
  • Intersections Fund Against Violence: A Cross-Sector Approach to Preventing and Interrupting IPV and Community Violence from The Network
  • Add Health-Sexual Minorities – Additional Sample from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Multilevel Strategies & Tailored HIV Prevention & Care for Young Couples who use Alcohol & Other Drugs from NIDA






RTI Gender-related Publications in May

Bliznashka L, Danaei G, Fink G, Flax VL, Thakwalakwa C, Jaacks LM. Cross-country comparison of dietary patterns and overweight and obesity among adult women in urban Sub-Saharan Africa. Public Health Nutr. 2020;1‐11. doi:10.1017/S1368980019005202

DiBenedetti D, Soliman AM, Gupta C, Surrey ES. Patients’ perspectives of endometriosis-related fatigue: qualitative interviews. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2020;4(1):33. Published 2020 May 6. doi:10.1186/s41687-020-00200-1

Gibbins KJ, Pinar H, Reddy UM, et al. Findings in Stillbirths Associated with Placental Disease. Am J Perinatol. 2020;37(7):708‐715. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1688472

Harlow AF, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. E-cigarettes and Fecundability: Results from a Prospective Preconception Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2020;kwaa067. doi:10.1093/aje/kwaa067

Ngongo CJ, Raassen T, Lombard L, van Roosmalen J, Weyers S, Temmerman M. Delivery mode for prolonged, obstructed labour resulting in obstetric fistula: a retrospective review of 4396 women in East and Central Africa. BJOG. 2020;127(6):702‐707. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.16047

Orta OR, Hatch EE, Regan AK, et al. A prospective study of influenza vaccination and time to pregnancy. Vaccine. 2020;38(27):4246‐4251. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.04.054

Siddiqui M, Kataria I, Watson K, Chandra-Mouli V. A systematic review of the evidence on peer education programmes for promoting the sexual and reproductive health of young people in India. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2020;28(1):1741494. doi:10.1080/26410397.2020.1741494

Stoll BJ, Puopolo KM, Hansen NI, et al. Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis 2015 to 2017, the Rise of Escherichia coli, and the Need for Novel Prevention Strategies. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;e200593.doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0593

We update our website regularly with all RTI Gender-related publications under resources. Please let us know if we missed any of yours.

May Events Recap

Notes From the Field In Collecting Gender-Related COVID-19 DATA
On May 29, 20 participants engaged in a virtual dialogue to share new COVID-19 gender-related questionnaires and their experiences in continuing their research projects during the pandemic. Internal RTI affiliates discussed innovative qualitative tools currently being used to enhance biomedical research for HIV prevention during the time of COVID-19, including the use of prototypes to elicit detailed data and enhance the relationship between researchers and participants. Researchers also discussed the transition of global project activities (e.g., Zimbabwe) from face-to-face to virtual (e.g., WhatsApp) and overcoming barriers, as well as issues participants are experiencing such as an inability to obtain their PrEP medications, food insecurity, and a lack of available social support. Core questionnaires related to COVID-19 will be implemented across several African studies with young women. Additionally, in a South African study with adolescent girls and young women seeking to increase PrEP uptake and adherence, access to sexual and reproductive health services, and reduce stigma, researchers obtained ethics approval to conduct de-identified data entry and cleaning remotely and to conduct a COVID-19 survey virtually. The research team also ensured that participants on PrEP received a 2-3 month supply of refills ahead of the South African lockdown on March 26. In addition, a study nurse was hired to conduct screening and refills on certain days. A video from the Ndlovu Youth Choir on how to properly wash your hands was also shared with study participants. You can watch it HERE! Participants stated that they were very touched that the research team continued to offer support and stay in communication.Gender-related COVID-19 resources as well as the virtual session recording are available to RTI GGC affiliates upon request, and accessible on the Center’s internal share drive.

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