Dr. Stephanie Nixon Wins Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) Innovation Grant

Dr. Nixon is improving quality of life for people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As access to life-saving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) expands across Sub-Saharan Africa, over 25 million adults and children living with HIV are being given a second chance at life. While HIV-related mortality has dropped dramatically, a new challenge has arisen: care gaps for individuals living with HIV as a chronic illness.

Dr. Stephanie Nixon with her collaborators in Zambia. From left: Dr. Ginny Bond, Dr. Stephanie Nixon, Robert Sinyinza, Chanda Mwamba and Cathy Cameron.

Dr. Stephanie Nixon with her collaborators in Zambia. From left: Dr. Ginny Bond, Dr. Stephanie Nixon, Robert Sinyinza, Chanda Mwamba and
Cathy Cameron.

CANFAR has granted Dr. Nixon and her international research team $25,000 to explore this gap, and implications for the HIV response in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her study will examine promising practices (such as services, policies, initiatives and innovations) that improve function, health and quality of life among people living with HIV as a chronic illness in Zambia. This study will serve as a foundation for future work, aiming to mobilize knowledge to action.

Recently, Dr. Nixon contributed a blog post to Health Systems Global, elaborating on the critical need for social structures and resources that help people living with HIV to enjoy quality of life.

“We are interested in shifting the focus from surviving with HIV, to thriving as people grow up and grow older with HIV” says Dr. Nixon.

Dr. Nixon’s research will contribute to Canada’s leadership in identifying solutions for the millions living with HIV as a chronic illness in resource-poor settings.