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Savita Kanade, MSc
Savita Kanade is working as Community Coordinator for NIH funded clinical trials at BJGMC-CRS, Pune, India. At present she is serving as Co-chair on Outreach Recruitment and Retention subcommittee (OR&R) of SMCCC, ACTG. Her main duties as co-chair include developing agenda for monthly conference calls and OR&R business sessions at ACTG leadership retreat meetings, recording and distributing summaries of calls and meetings to parent committee, identify and address ACTG sites needs related to study recruitment and retention, facilitating development of and designing study recruitment flyers, maintaining the OR&R website and updating documents, leading OR&R committee sessions at the annual ACTG network meetings and the annual ACTG leadership retreats, representing OR&R on the Cross-Network committees such as PDISC, TES and the SMCCC, increasing involvement of GCAB members in monthly OR&R calls and getting their input on participant recruitment and retention, study flyers, etc.
As part of NIH funded HIV/AIDS clinical trials, 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 and various NGOs working in HIV/AIDS area. She is acting as site liaison to the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and facilitates local CAB representation at GCAB and ACTG.
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 has been involved in public health research for 15 years. She is 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.
Up Close with Savita Kanade. 2016-05-02.