Sandra McCoy is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) School of Public Health. She studies how social, economic, and cultural forces influence disease transmission and health outcomes. During the past several years, Sandi has explored these relationships through the lens of HIV infection and reproductive health. Using a diverse array of approaches, her goal is to identify innovative, cost-effective, and scalable interventions to overcome global health challenges. She has experience with experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations, qualitative research, human-centered design, and implementation.
Sandi is especially interested in designing and testing new interventions that can positively change health behavior, such as increasing adherence to treatment or encouraging people to engage in health screenings. Most recently, Sandi and an exceptional team in Tanzania completed a randomized study to compare the effects of short-term food and cash assistance on adherence to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV infection in Shinyanga Region (read more about the study here). In addition to her work in Tanzania, Sandi is part of the external impact evaluation team for Zimbabwe’s Accelerated National Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) Program. In this role, she has led several sub-analyses, including describing service utilization in the PMTCT cascade, an analysis of unmet need for family planning, a study examining the effect of food insecurity on utilization of services in the PMTCT cascade, and a study using geospatial analysis to better target resource allocation in the “last mile” towards elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission.
Dr. Amon Sabasaba
Dr. Amon Sabasaba is the Director of Research and Operations at HPON. He is a medical doctor with advanced training in epidemiology and applied biostatistics, He has more than 8 years experience conducting research and public health consultancies including Monitoring and Evaluation of health projects. He has vast experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies, data management and M&E. At HPON, he oversees all the office operations and provides day-to-day leadership for the research portfolio, leading the scientific and administrative team; technical guidance on all research activities ensuring effective implementation of programs and research activities while adhering to the approved protocols and standard operating procedures to ensure high-quality data collection and intervention activities.
Prior to joining HPON, Dr. Sabasaba served as the Surveillance Manager at Global Programs (an affiliate of University of California San Francisco UCSF); Assistant lecturer and Honorary Lecturer at Muhimbili University of Health and allied Sciences. He has held a number of public health consultancies on behalf of the Ministry of health, Community Development Gender, Elderly and Children; international organisations including UNICEF, PATHFINDER, PSI, Health-Policy Plus, PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC), JHPIEGO, Brian Holden Vision Institute, Sightsavers as well as local organisations such as SIKIKA, Savannahs Forever.
His research interests fall in areas of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Sexual Reproductive Health services, Maternal and Newborn Child health, Eye Care and Gender-based Violence/Violence against Children.