Scientific Program Analyst, National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research
Fellowship Site: Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
Research Interests: Assessing safety and effectiveness of Tenofovir provision through family planning services in South Africa
Ms. Waxman will spend her fellowship year at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in Durban, under the mentorship of Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD. Her research will focus on assessing safety and effectiveness of Tenofovir provision through family planning services in South Africa, to incorporate qualitative methods for understanding its utility in practice and inform how to effectively implement the product across many clinics.
Ms. Waxman has addressed HIV-related health disparities through advocacy, programmatic development and public health research in Africa and at the U.S. NIH. Her MPH thesis (London School) focused on young women’s vulnerability to HIV infection, inspired by her work launching Female-Empowerment-Through-Football in Kenya. Her goal is to combine evidence-based science with real-life narratives of women to inform the implementation of Microbicides. An accomplished photographer, Aliza has created photo documentaries, including: “Faces-of-Hope,” documenting the many faces of HIV/ AIDS; “There’s-a-World-Cup-in-My-Village,” documenting her work in Kenya; and “Santé-Publique-Ayiti,” documenting public health in Haiti. Ms. Waxman plans to dedicate her career to improving women’s health globally.