Dr. Maria Lahuerta is an epidemiologist and public health specialist with over thirteen years of experience in strategic information, program evaluation and research on infectious diseases. As the Deputy Director of the Strategic Information Unit at ICAP, Dr. Lahuerta oversees the design and implementation of systems to monitor and evaluate country- and project-specific programs, including large HIV service delivery programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, with the goal of achieving HIV epidemic control. Dr. Lahuerta also supports and leads a number of public health evaluations and research studies to optimize the scale-up of comprehensive HIV services in resource-limited settings, as well as surveillance activities among key populations.
Maria Lahuerta, Padmaja Patnaik, Tako Ballo, Nouhoum Telly, Justin Knox, Bouyagui Traore, Seydou Doumbia, Avi Hakim. HIV Prevalence and Related Risk Factors in Men who Have Sex with Men in Bamako, Mali: Findings from a bio-behavioral survey using respondent-driven sampling. AIDS & Behavior. In press
Roberta Sutton, Maria Lahuerta, Fatima Abacassamo, Laurence Ahoua, Maria Tomo, Matthew R Lamb, Batya Elul. Feasibility and acceptability of health communication interventions within a combination intervention strategy for improving linkage and retention in HIV care in Mozambique. JAIDS 2017 Jan 1;74 Suppl 1:S29-S36. PMID: 27930609
Maria Lahuerta, Yingfeng Wu, Susie Hoffman, Batya Elul, Sarah Gorrell Kulkarni, Robert Remien, Wafaa El Sadr, and Denis Nash. Advanced HIV disease at entry into HIV care and ART initiation in the maintenance phase of HIV treatment scale-up in 4 sub-Saharan African Countries. Clinical Infection Diseases 2014 Feb;58(3):432-41
Susie Hoffman, Yingfeng Wu, Maria Lahuerta, Sarah Gorrell Kulkarni, Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, Wafaa El-Sadr, Robert H Remien , Veronicah, Mark , Eva Chuva, Denis Nash, Batya Elul ; LSTART Team and the Identifying Optimal Models of HIV Care CollaborationAdvanced disease at enrollment in HIV care in four sub-Saharan African countries: change from 2006 to 2011 and multilevel predictors in 2011. AIDS. 2014 Oct 23;28(16):2429-38.
Maria Lahuerta*, Gilbert Tene, Veronicah Mugisha, Leonard Kayonde, Ribakare Muhayimpundu, J.P. Nyemazi, Greet Vandebriel, Sabin Nsanzimana, Ruben Sahabo, Peter Twyman, Elaine J. Abrams. High retention among HIV pediatric patients in Rwanda during scale-up and decentralization of HIV care and treatment programs. Pediatric Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2013 Feb 12.
Maria Lahuerta,* Frances Ue, Susie Hoffman, Batya Elul, Sarah Gorrell Kulkarni, Yingfeng Wu, Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, Robert Remien, Wafaa El Sadr, and Denis Nash. The problem of late ART initiation in sub-Saharan Africa: a transient aspect of scale-up or a long-term phenomenon? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Undeserved 2013 Feb; 24(1).
Maria Lahuerta,* Josue Lima, Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, Mie Okamura, Maria Fernanda Alvim, Rufino Fernandes, Americo Assan, David Hoos, Batya Elul, Wafaa M. El-Sadr, and Denis Nash. Factors associated with late antiretroviral therapy initiation among adults in Mozambique. PloS One 2012 May; 7(5): e37125
Meritxell Sabido; Maria Lahuerta; Alexandra Montoliu; Victoria Gonzalez; Gabriela Hernandez; Federica Giardina; Jose Ernesto Monzon; Maria Isabel Pedroza; Jordi Casabona. HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Risk Behaviors among Clients of Sex Workers in Guatemala: are they a bridge in HIV transmission? Sexually Transmitted Diseases Journal 2011 Aug;38(8):735-742
Maria Lahuerta,* Josue Lima, Batya Elul, Mie Okamura, Maria Fernanda Alvim, Harriet Nuwagaba-Birinbonwoha, Deborah Horowitz, Rufino Fernandes, Americo Assan, Elaine J. Abrams, Wafaa M. El-Sadr, and Denis Nash. Patients enrolled in HIV care in Mozambique: Baseline characteristics and follow-up outcomes. JAIDS 2011 Nov 1;58(3):e75-86.
Maria Lahuerta,* Meritxell Sabido, Federica Giardina, Gabriela Hernandez, Juan Fernando Palacios, Rudy Ortiz, Victor Hugo Fernandez, Jordi Casabona. Comparison of users of an HIV/syphilis screening community-based mobile van and traditional voluntary counselling and testing sites in Guatemala. Sexually Transmitted Infection Journal 2011 Mar;87(2):136-40