The Shared Innovation Study

Venn diagram of HIV, In Sub-Saharan Africa and Rehabilitation/DisabilityBackground

Canadian researchers have been leaders in research on disability and rehabilitation related to HIV care, treatment and support, in both Canada and in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Many of these researchers embrace a “shared innovation” approach where collaborations between Canada and SSA have a positive impact on the response to HIV in Canada as well as SSA.  That is, instead of the common approach where research done in Canada is used to develop programs in resource-poor countries, there are also lessons to be learned from SSA which could have a positive impact on the lives of people living with HIV in Canada.


The project team, which included researchers from Canada and SSA, undertook a project which was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention. This project aimed to identify and describe research on disability and/or rehabilitation related to HIV in SSA that involved Canadian partners. Project objectives were to:

  1. provide an overview of what was currently going on with research on HIV, disability and rehabilitation in SSA,
  2. identify areas where researchers in Canada and SSA could do further work together, and
  3. figure out what research needs to be done next. Cover page of report presentation


The results of the environmental scan are now available.

Research team


We acknowledge the outstanding work of Cathy Cameron, Aly Kassam and Phillip Sheppard in support of this project. We are also grateful for the contributions of our participants without whom this study would not be possible. 


The CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention