Research themes

  • adolescent girls and young women
  • gender equality
  • HIV prevention
  • key populations
  • participatory research
  • violence against women and girls

Research summary

Parinita Bhattacharjee’s current research focuses on HIV prevention in Kenya.

She is leading a research project to assess the HIV prevention landscape in Kenya by:

  1. exploring the existing HIV prevention delivery systems and their capacity to scale up interventions and
  2. understanding the delivery channels and platforms for HIV prevention for priority populations

She is also leading a study designed to assess three HIV testing outcomes among MSM, namely:

  1. coverage
  2. frequency of testing, and
  3. early uptake of testing, adopting a mixed-methods program science approach

In the past, she has been involved in two randomized control trials in Karnataka, India, on reducing intimate partner violence against sex workers and school dropout among adolescent girls.


Parinita Bhattacharjee is an assistant professor in community health sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. As the director of program delivery at the Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, her role is to lead global health program design and delivery across the focus geographies with marginalized population in partnership with government, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and communities.

Currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, Bhattacharjee has 25 years of professional experience in the global health sector ranging from HIV and AIDS to sexual and reproductive health and disability.

She has held leadership roles across large-scale intervention projects funded by BMGF, USAID, CIDA and the Government of India. Along with her team, she led the BMGF funded Avahan program in one of the states in India scaling up the program to reach 60,000 sex workers and 25,000 men who have sex with men.

She also provided technical support to the Governments of Bhutan and Sri Lanka in designing and piloting HIV prevention interventions with key populations. Bhattacharjee led the team to provide technical support to LINKAGES project implemented by FHI360 and funded by USAID in 11 countries, mostly in Africa.

Currently, she provides technical support to Ministry of Health, Kenya, to scale up key populations program in the country. She is also the lead technical advisor on the key population pillar for the South to South Learning Network under the Global Prevention Coalition led by UNAIDS. In addition, Bhattacharjee is the evaluation and gender specialist in a project for adolescent girls and young women in Nyeri, Kenya, funded by Fund for Innovation and Transformation, Global Affairs Canada. She also co leads a project to evaluate the HIV prevention projects among adolescent girls and young women funded by GFATM in five African countries.


  • Master of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India (1995)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Wilson College, Mumbai, India (1993)

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Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada