Mobility, deprivation and HIV risk

Mobility, deprivation and HIV risk among young people in Blantyre urban slums, Malawi

The overarching aim of this project is to conduct a large-scale study to inform the development of local level responses and programmes to address structural drivers of HIV targeting young people living in vulnerable urban environments as a key population in Malawi.

Recent evidence from my PhD work has shown that deprivation of material resources is strongly linked to HIV-related sexual behaviours among young people (18-24 years old) in urban slums of Blantyre, Malawi. Whilst this is important, additional structural drivers must be explored to inform the development of effective HIV prevention interventions and programmes in these settings.

Therefore, building on my PhD work, I will explore the intersection of mobility, deprivation and HIV risk using a framework in which mobility is conceptualised as a dynamic socio-economic process.

About Mphatso Kamndaya

Mphatso Kamndaya has a PhD in Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health. His research interests are in the social determinants of health, with a focus on untangling the influence of local measures of material disadvantage on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in vulnerable urban environments.