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Marie joined ITM in 1984 to work on sexually transmitted infections and HIV, first in Nairobi, Kenya and in Kinshasa, DRC (Project SIDA) and later in Côte d’Ivoire ( Project Retro-CI ).
She did numerous short term missions to Africa and Asia, focusing on better understanding of the HIV epidemic as well as designing and evaluating interventions to address the epidemic.
Marie Laga and her team contributed significantly to HIV prevention science in the area’s of sexual transmission and its co-factors, prevention programs for vulnerable groups such as female sex workers, youth and men who have sex with men, evaluation of female controlled methods and linkages of sexual and reproductive health. In recent years, Marie Laga has become a leading expert in HIV prevention, advocating for intensifying HIV prevention worldwide.
She provides policy support and technical assistance in the areas of strengthening HIV prevention for numerous international and local organisations.
- Development and evaluation of interventions to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections between commercial sex workers and their clients.
- Development and evaluation of interventions to reduce unsafe sexual behaviour among young people.
- Clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of vaginal microbicides (these are products that women can insert into the vagina and that are designed to block the transmission of HIV during sexual intercourse).
- Operational research on improving links between health services for HIV and services for other reproductive health problems, such as antenatal care.
- Research on the impact of HIV control programmes on general health services in developing countries.
- Prevention and Control of Tropical Diseases: Prevention and Control of
- Integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
- Policy Issues in Disease Control and Reproductive Health
- HIV Control Strategies
- Care versus Prevention
Diploma, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Doctor, KU Leuven
Master of Science, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
PhD, University of Antwerp
University of Antwerp
Technical panel member for programs in India (AVAHAN) and Botswana (ACHAP), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Membership, Global HIV Prevention Working Group
Member of Board, Plan Belgium
Member of Board, SENSOA, Coordination of HIV & reproductive health in Flanders
Membership, UNAIDS Prevention Reference Group
Membership, UNAIDS, Think Tank on Prevention Evaluation
Membership, UNFPA Technical Panel
Membership, WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV & AIDS
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Queer people in straight systems: The impact of sexual orientation laws on the health of sexual minorities
17/04/20 → …
Understanding why and how adolescent friendly conditions of health services affect the health outcomes of Nigerian adolescents living with HIV
1/01/19 → …
Vuylsteke, B., Reyniers, T., Nöstlinger, C., Laga, M., Hensen, B., Loos, J., Apers, H., Rotsaert, A., Vanhamel, J., Segers, G., Smekens, T., Van Landeghem, E., Vanbaelen, T., Van Mieghem, H., Scheerder, G. & Hensen, B.
1/01/19 → 31/12/23
Project: Research Project
Beter begrijpen van Covid-19 uitbraken in Woonzorg centra (WZC) in Vlaanderen, een epidemiologisch onderzoek
1/10/20 → 31/03/21
Project: Research Project
Wijstma, E., Vanhamel, J., Deblonde, J., Nöstlinger, C., Noori, T., Vuylsteke, B. & Laga, M., 2023, In: AIDS. 37, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-article › peer-review
Developing evidence-informed indicators to monitor HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis programmes across EU/EEA countries: a multi-stakeholder consensusVanhamel, J., Wijstma, E., Deblonde, J., Laga, M., Vuylsteke, B., Nöstlinger, C. & Noori, T., 2023, In: Eurosurveillance. 28, 23, 2200546.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile26 Downloads (Pure)
Local initiative supports case isolation and contact tracing during a SARS-CoV-2 surge in summer 2020: a community case study in Antwerp, BelgiumVerdonck, K., Morreel, S., Vanhamel, J., Vuylsteke, B., Nöstlinger, C., Laga, M. & van Olmen, J., 2023, In: Frontiers in Public Health. 11, 1000617.
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Trajectories of PrEP use among men who have sex with men: a pooled analysis of two prospective, observational cohort studiesJongen, V. W., Reyniers, T., Schim van der Loeff, M., Smekens, T., Hoornenborg, E., van den Elshout, M., Zimmermann, H., Coyer, L., Kenyon, C., De Baetselier, I., Davidovich, U., de Vries, H. J. C., Prins, M., Laga, M., Vuylsteke, B. & Boyd, A., 2023, In: Journal of the International AIDS Society. 26, 7, e26133.
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Facilitators and barriers to status disclosure and partner testing of women living with HIV in Indonesia: a mixed methods studyRahmalia, A., Wisaksana, R., Laga, M., van Crevel, R. & Grietens, K. P., 2022, In: Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. 30, 1, 15 p., 2028971.
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