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The Advocacy Fellows Program

We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. Thank you for your interest.

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

Fellows 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. Fellows 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.

2015 Fellows:

Dream Program
Malawi
“Malawi needs advocacy to address women and sex workers’ access to burgeoning biomedical prevention like microbicides.”
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation-Pangaea Zimbabwe AID Trust (PZAT)
Zimbabwe
“My motivation is driven by the possibility that we can end AIDS by 2030 and that women all over the world can have prevention tools within their control as currently they are sitting ducks for infection due to biological, social and cultural reasons.”
TB/HIV Care Association
South Africa
“There’s a need in South Africa for PrEP awareness among individuals and institutions with decision-making authority, and particularly for key populations.”
Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS)
Uganda
“Uganda is one of the few countries with high rates of new HIV infections not on the decline. To reverse this trend, the country should implement treatment as prevention with viral load monitoring as a requisite tool.”
Key Affected Population Alliance (KESWA)
Kenya
“Laws that criminalize sex work in Kenya and all over the world make sex workers vulnerable to new HIV infections. PrEP and microbicide could help empower them to protect themselves from HIV in these climates of hardship.”
Centre Stage Media Arts Foundation
Zimbabwe
“Zimbabwe needs regulatory approval, demonstration projects to show how best to implement PrEP and the prioritization of PrEP as an HIV prevention option for key populations.”

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Fellows Program, or would like to reach out to a Fellow (current or alumni), e-mail us at fellows@avac.org.