The Central Africa International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA-CA) network was established in 2011 and currently includes 18 partners in Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Rwanda. With longitudinal data on almost 65,000 HIV-infected adults and children, IeDEA-CA partners are utilizing implementation science to:
Identify effective strategies for optimizing HIV care outcomes, including timely diagnosis and care enrollment, care retention, ART initiation and viral suppression.
Conduct clinical epidemiologic investigations of co-morbidities of aging among HIV+ persons.
IeDEA-CA also leads and contributes to multi-regional IeDEA projects, and it maintains updated population-based data from various sources for use in examining contextual determinants of HIV outcomes.
Amanda has served as a Study Coordinator to CA-IeDEA projects from 2017 to 2022, including within an administrative supplement "Cervical Cancer Screening Strategies in HIV-Infected Women Living in Cameroon" (P30CA013330-43S1A - NCI/NIH). In this study, 800 HIV-infected and 400 HIV-uninfected women living in Limbé, Cameroon were surveyed to examine cervical cancer screening strategies and build health service research and delivery capacities. Amanda served as the primary data analyst of the qualitative data resulting from that project, which produced two manuscripts that she co-authored and one that she served as the primary author. She presented these results both as a poster at the HIV & Women Workshop in 2021and an oral presentation at an internal CA-IeDEA Research Meeting in 2021.
In this role, Amanda previously maintained the qualitative and quantitative databases for our PrEP studies in Rwanda and the DRC. Amanda co-led the analysis of our findings from our PrEP initiation study with Charles Ingabire, and a manuscript is currently in review with Frontiers in Public Health. In our PrEP adherence and retention study, she co-designed the interview guide with Dr. Adebola Adedimeji and provided data collection & analysis support for the project. Amanda was also involved with REDCap capacity building & supervised training for Rwandan investigators & data management staff.