Parinita Bhattacharjee

Technical Advisor, Programmes

Parinita Bhattacharjee is the Senior Technical Advisor for HIV Prevention, Africa Programmes, at University of Manitoba. She helps the government of Kenya scale up key population programmes, specifically by foregrounding the development of policy, structural intervention, and performance frameworks for these programmes. She leads the technical support project to assist NGO partners of governments of Malawi, DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan, Kenya and Haiti accelerate the implementation of the LINKAGES project that is supported by USAID and FHI 360.

Ms.Bhattacharjee is the Co-Director for two structural intervention research projects, Samvedana Plus and Samata, which focus on reducing risk and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among sex workers and adolescent girls in India. These two projects are housed within the global research consortiums, STRIVE and What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. She co-chairs the working group on ‘Gender Norms and Violence’ and leads the subgroup on ‘Sex Work and Violence’ within STRIVE.

Ms.Bhattacharjee is a globally respected expert in designing and managing large-scale, context-specific programmes with key population groups in HIV/AIDS and transitioning these projects effectively to the government. For more than 20 years, she has been a prominent advocate for integrating gender equality concerns, violence reduction measures and community leadership into public health programmes to ensure effective outcomes.

In the past, she helped develop the national operational guidelines for scaling up the rural HIV/AIDS programmes in India. She has been a core member of high-level technical consultation groups and task forces on HIV/AIDS for USAID, World Bank, the WHO, UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Kenya.

Ms.Bhattacharjee has published extensively on strengthening, monitoring, and scaling up HIV prevention programmes with key population groups; processes and experiences of women’s entry into sex work; the intersection between sex work and reproductive health; anthropological studies of sex histories of women entering formal sex work; violence against female sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender groups; structural interventions to reduce violence and increase condom use among sex workers; and strategies to integrate community mobilisation and violence reduction in HIV prevention programmes in developing countries.