Founded in 1995, AVAC is a non-profit organization that uses education, policy analysis, advocacy and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of AIDS vaccines, male circumcision, microbicides, PrEP and other emerging HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic. AVAC is dedicated to:
- Translating complex scientific ideas to communities and translating community needs and perceptions to the scientific community.
- Managing expectations.
- Holding agencies accountable for accelerating ethical research and development.
- Expanding international partnerships to ensure local relevance and a global movement.
- Ensuring that policy and advocacy are based on thorough research and evidence.
- Building coalitions, working groups, and think tanks for specific issues.
- Developing and widely disseminating high-quality, user-friendly materials.
AVAC currently focuses on four priority areas:
Build & Sustain: Build and sustain a global coalition of civil society and community-based organizations, research agencies, and networks that supports and facilitates HIV vaccine and prevention research.
Policy & Advocacy: Develop and advocate for policy approaches to facilitate the expeditious, ethical development, introduction, and use of vaccines and other HIV/AIDS prevention technologies and to ensure that prevention research and development efforts strengthen HIV/AIDS programs and general health care infrastructure.
Monitor & Mobilize: Monitor the vaccine and broader prevention research field and mobilize political, financial, and community support for prevention research as part of a comprehensive response to the epidemic.
Engage & Communicate: Develop and sustain a system for global delivery of advocacy resources and information to the array of stakeholders who must work together to ensure that the rights and interests of trial participants, eventual users, and communities are fully represented and respected in the scientific and product development processes.
AVAC's work to speed development and increase access to new prevention options is made possible by the dedicated work of AVAC advocates and the continuous support of its donors and members.
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