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The Advocacy Fellowship

Fellows News:
Download this year's issue of Spotlight to see what role AVAC Fellows play in shaping the ever-evolving landscape of HIV prevention.

The HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship pairs emerging leaders in advocacy and activism with existing organizations to develop and execute creative, context-specific projects focused on HIV prevention research.

Fellowship projects focus primarily on advocacy around biomedical HIV prevention research (such as clinical trials of vaccines, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis) or rollout of male circumcision for HIV prevention. Fellowship projects may also focus on “test and treat” or ARV treatment as prevention strategies, which are under active discussion in many contexts. Fellows receive training, financial support, and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations focused on HIV/AIDS.

Current Fellows:

Infectious Diseases Institute - Makerere University (IDI)
Advocacy to develop recommendations and guidelines for the use of PrEP in Uganda
Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA)
South Africa
National Safe Circumcision in South Africa: “Linking women’s voices to policy makers”
National Association for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM)
Engagement for Accelerated VMMC up-take in Malawi Project
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation - Pangaea Zimbabwe Aid Trust (PZAT)
Advocacy for young women's involvement in shaping policies to increase access to integrated SRH and HIV services and future prevention options
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Options for women’s sexual and reproductive health Needs in Kenya
African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM)
Advocacy to scale-up PrEP in Kenya and to increase understanding of women issues around hormonal contraceptives and risk of HIV
Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA)
South Africa
Preparing for microbicide trial results and nurturing young women’s advocacy around new prevention options in Mpumalanga

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