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Savita Kanade, MSc
Savita Kanade is working as Community and Outreach Coordinator for NIH funded clinical trials at BJGMC-CRS, Pune, India. At present she is serving as Field Representative on A5300B/I2003B/PHOENIx study.
As part of NIH funded HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis clinical trials, since 2007, she was involved in recruitment and retention of participants in clinical trials and in identifying issues related to understanding barriers to participation and retention, addressing stigma and discrimination, administering informed consent, managing socio-cultural issues during the study participation, addressing opportunistic infections such as TB, etc.
She is also involved in networking and communication with state level agencies like National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP), Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) and various NGOs working for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.
She is acting as site liaison to the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and facilitates local CAB representation at GCAB and CSS at ACTG network and ICAB at IMPAACT network.
She is been involved in translating the study related material (informed consent forms, education material, CRFs, study flyers, etc.) into local language.
As an Anthropologist, she was involved in public health research for 15 years. She was active in research related to reproductive health, family planning, gender based domestic violence, formation of sexual partnerships, pathways in resolving unintended pregnancy among youth, and parent child communication on sex related issues.