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Bakita Kasadha


Qualitative Researcher

  • Qualitative Researcher
  • Member of the WHO’s Global Validation Advisory Committee of the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis
  • Member of Viiv Healthcare’s Positive Action Strategic Advisory Council.

Academic summary

I joined the department in 2021. I am a researcher on the NOURISH UK study exploring attitudes towards infant feeding among new mothers and birthing parents living with HIV. This is an NIHR RfPB-funded project.

I previously worked on an EPSRC-funded digital health project exploring how people with HIV use digital tools and how those tools support them to manage their HIV and general wellbeing (led by Newcastle University). I write for NAM aidsmap and recently interviewed people living with HIV and their experiences of the Contaminated Blood Scandal (in which haemophiliacs were given blood products infected with HIV and other viruses).    

In 2019, I completed my masters in Applied Anthropology and Community Development at Goldsmiths College, London. During this time, I explored how terminology creates barriers and attributes blame towards racialised communities engaging with healthcare.