Many congratulations to Professor Lucie Cluver and the Young Carers team, who were amongst the 5 winners of the O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards announced this evening in a ceremony at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
These awards recognise and reward those who have achieved significant economic and social impacts in society. Lucie's team was rewarded for their work on reducing adolescent HIV risk behaviours in Sub-Saharan Africa
The project has been celebrated for its work in developing an effective HIV prevention programme for young people which goes beyond traditionally education-based models. The ‘Cash plus Care’ model developed by the team – providing both economic and social support – has significantly reduced HIV risk in the groups of young people on the programme, but also had other effects, such as increasing regular medication adherence, and reducing associated poverty and abuse. The programme continues to be rolled out internationally, and is going from strength to strength following the publication of the latest trial results in early 2018. The presentation of the award was made by Dr Joy Todd, Head of Health and Human Behaviour research at the ESRC.
Chair of the awards panel Professor Mark Pollard (Associate Head of Division (Research), Social Sciences Division, Oxford) said: ‘The award winners have achieved some truly exceptional impacts from their research, and the panel are delighted to reward their successes and look forward to seeing how these initiatives continue to grow. Judging was extremely competitive and it was a pleasure to see the breadth and depth of entries, and the strong partnerships that have been supported by the O2RB partnership.’
The O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards are supported by the Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and Taylor & Francis.