How do you get a reliable count of people who often are stigmatized, distrust local authorities —including researchers — and are afraid to be identified?
That was the problem facing a team of researchers co-led by UAB’s Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the School of Public Health, and John Waters, M.D., with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), an organization of community leaders and non-governmental agencies working with populations that are especially vulnerable to HIV infection or overlooked in treatment and health programs.
Dr. Henna Budhwani, and Dr. John Waters received the Robert Carr Research Award at the International AIDS Conference July 8, 2020. The biennial award is sponsored by the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations, Human Rights Watch, the International AIDS Society and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Named in honor of the pioneering scholar and human rights activist Robert Carr, Ph.D., the award “celebrates Robert’s vision of collaboration between community organizations, academic researchers and advocates to advance human rights-based policies and practices in countries where communities disproportionately affected by HIV continue to face discrimination, social rejection, violence and imprisonment,”