Research Project

Examining integrated treatment for HIV and non-communicable disease

Treatment of HIV is facing a major transition as people living with HIV (PLWH) are living longer and experiencing more chronic diseases including a dramatic increase in non-communicable disease (NCD), such as hypertension and diabetes. The health systems of low- and middle-income countries need to adapt to this health transition, but there is no complete data on the burden of NCDs and HIV. Health economist Omar Galarraga is working with the Integrated Modeling of Epidemiologic and Economic Long-Term Outcomes in Africa (inMODELA) to model national burden of disease estimates for hypertension and diabetes mellitus among PLWH. He aims to estimate the effects and cost-effectiveness of integrated NCD and HIV care in Kenya and South Africa using datasets that capture the many varied elements of HIV and NCD disease development, treatment, and progression in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa.