Research projects | Global Health, HIV and SRHR

Current research projects conducted in the Global Health, HIV and SRHR group at the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The sexual and reproductive health an human rights research team focuses on promoting equity in sexual and reproductive health services, prevention, treatment and care of sexually transmitted infections including HIV.

To this end, they work closely with the HIV/AIDS team. The team also takes a specific research focus on sexual health amongst children and young people. The group uses qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.

Research projects

  • WelTel PMTCT Project
  • Female Genital Mutilation in Sudan and Sierra Leone
  • Working Children, Their Working Environment and the Regulations Protecting Them in Ethiopia
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Programmes in Kenya
  • Maternal Mortality Programme in Tanzania and Mozambique
  • Female Sex Workers in Savannakhet, Lao PDR Perceptions, Care Seeking Behaviour, and Barriers Related to STI Services in Laos
  • Use of Contraceptives Among Young People in Two Districts in Uganda
  • Post-abortion care (PAC) in Uganda and Kenya

Global Health and HIV/AIDS

We have a strong basis in infectious disease epidemiology. In addition, we build on multi-disciplinary competence and a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods aiming at identifying evidence-based strategies for sustainable sexual and reproductive health services and prevention and care of pregnancy related illness, sexually transmitted infections including HIV in resource-poor contexts.

We also focus on epidemiology and epidemic modeling of HIV, TB and other infectious diseases and the specific methodological challenges of health systems research in resource poor settings, as well as in marginalized key-populations.

We are expert advisors to governmental, multilateral, international and national non-governmental organizations. We give lectures and run courses in basic and advanced global health, HIV, TB, infectious diseases, and health and human rights.

We focus on:

  • Effectiveness and development of prevention and treatment interventions for HIV
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Epidemic modeling of HIV, TB and other infectious diseases
  • M-Health (using mobile phones in health interventions)
  • Access and adherence to ART, PMTCT and TB treatment including drug resistance
  • Quality of Life and Economic Evaluations associated with HIV
  • Gender inequities is cross-cutting theme throughout our research
  • Specific health risks in the transgender populations


Professor/senior physician

Anna Mia Ekström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 833 71
Organizational unit: Global health (IHCAR)