Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (REACH)
The Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (REACH) was a collaborative program between the Program of African Studies and the Buffett Institute, Northwestern University and the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. It produced knowledge and recommendations for the development of more effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in specific Nigerian communities. It increased the quantity and quality of information available to policymakers, practitioners, activists, researchers, and communities on the factors driving HIV transmission, while building the capacity of Nigerian AIDS researchers.
REACH was conceived out of the realization that many ongoing prevention initiatives in Nigeria have been insufficiently informed by scientific studies and regular and systematic evaluations. In addition, the need for detailed, research-based, and systematically-presented information on the dynamics of HIV in specific Nigerian contexts has been repeatedly stated by Nigerian authorities and reflects the priorities of the country’s national HIV/AIDS strategy. Read the final REACH report
The project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was implemented jointly by Northwestern University and the University of Ibadan from 2006 to 2010.
REACH disseminated information and recommendations to relevant interveners and stakeholders in the public, NGO and donor sectors and assist them in adjusting their activities in accordance with the data and conclusions generated.
Because the empowerment of Nigerians will be required to gain control of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, REACH strived throughout its operations to increase the number of well-trained scholars who are competent to conduct policy-relevant research on HIV/AIDS. As an international collaborative program, REACH bolstered Nigerian research capacities with the aim of having Nigerians eventually assume full control of all its operations.