Project News

The DIFFER fifth and final Newsletter is out. It can be found here.

During the last week of the DIFFER Project, all consortium partners gathered in Brussels together with policy stakeholders and sex workers from each of the countries, and representatives and experts from international agencies. The key findings and lessons learned were presented and the next steps discussed.   

From Tuesday September 29 to Thursday October 1, 2015, the DIFFER Programme Managements Team gathered in Maputo, Mozambique for their annual meeting. After the meeting, a fourth Newsletter was communicated.

The Ashodaya team (DIFFER partner in India) visited the DIFFER sites in Kenya (Mombasa - July 2014) and Mozambique (Tete - October 2014) to follow-up on the capacity-building work initiated with the communities in Mysore, India, in December 2013. The DIFFER teams and female sex workers have worked together towards building new tools to strengthen the mobilization of the communities and better respond to existing needs, through the use of specific tools. 

The fourth DIFFER Project Management Team meeting was hosted by UCL in London on 14-16 October 2014. Following the meeting, the third DIFFER Newsletter was published.

DIFFER has a new Description of Work, describing more closely the activities that are being conducted under the project. It was submitted to the European Commission in April 2014. You can find it under the section "Project Documents".

After its third PMT meeting in Mysore, India, the DIFFER consortium published its second newsletter. You can find it here.

Between the 3 and 5 December 2013, the DIFFER Consortium gathered for the third time in Mysore, India. The meeting was hosted by Ashodaya.All partners were present and discussed the activities and the implementation of the site interventions as well as other topics related to the project. The PMT was hosted by Ashodaya Samithi, DIFFER partner organization in India. Besides its working programme, the Consortium had the opportunity to visit Ashodaya facilities and meet some of its members. This PMT meeting follows a one-week Capacity Building training which allowed the research teams and sex workers from Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa to work together on the project and on commmunity empowerment. The next DIFFER PMT meeting is planned to take place in London in the course of Autumn 2014. 

The DIFFER team at UCL (London) and the whole DIFFER consortium have said good-bye to Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brannstrom, who has been replaced by Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, who will take up her role within the consortium and the Publication Committee of DIFFER. Hassan is a health economist and joined the UCL Institute of Global Health, Economics of Global Health and Development Group, in 2012. His topics of interest are inequalities in health and healthcare, the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, injury prevention research and trauma care. He is currently working on a number of multidisciplinary trials in South-East Asia (mainly India) and sub-Saharan Africa.Changes in the consortium also happened in South Africa, with CHP leaving the DIFFER project. Matthew Chersich and Fiona Scorgie have thus stopped their activities within DIFFER besides current work on future publications. The remaining duties attached to CHP have been transferred to MatCH, the other DIFFER partner in South Africa. The consortium thanks both Matthew and Fiona for the work undertaken on DIFFER in the past two years. 

The DIFFER Consortium has reported to the European Commission for the first 18 months of the project (October 2011-March 2013) through two financial and technical reports. Two deliverables have been submitted as well: one describing the generic package of interventions, on which the Consortium has worked since its last meeting in Durban (February 2013), and the results of a comparative country policy review on sex work in African and India.The European Commission is currently revising those documents. Meanwhile, the Consortium continues working on preparing the interventions in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and India.