Donna R. McCarraher, PhD, MPH

Director, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Areas of expertise

  • Reproductive health
  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Research on adolescent health
  • Post-abortion care
  • Family planning and HIV integration
  • Gender-based violence
  • Family planning

Projects & Resources

  • The Afya Uzazi project improves access to quality, client-centered family planning and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services in Baringo and Nakuru counties in Kenya.

  • YouthPower Action is dedicated to scaling evidence-based, positive youth development in all sectors and country contexts to improve capacities and enable the aspirations of youth so they can contribute to and benefit from more stable, democratic and prosperous communities and nations. 

Published Research

  • "The sky is the limit": Adhering to antiretroviral therapy and HIV self-management from the perspectives of adolescents living with HIV and their adult caregivers
    Denison JA, Banda H, Dennis AC, Packer C, Nyambe N, Stalter RM, Mwansa JK, Katayamoyo P, McCarraher DR.
    J Int AIDS Soc 2015 Jan; 18 (1): 19358. [Journal Impact Factor: 4.207]

    This study highlights the importance of families and home environments in supporting adherence to antiretroviral therapy among adolescents living with HIV. Skill-building and family-based interventions are of paramount importance to prepare these adolescents and their adult caregivers for HIV self-management and HIV status disclosure. Future research and programs will need to address the fears adolescents and families have regarding HIV-related stigma that shape young peoples' adherence behaviors. 

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