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  • Last month, the AVAC Advocacy Fellowship 2012 Wrap-up & 2013 Orientation Workshop took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The three-day gathering provided an opportunity for the 2012 Fellows to present their projects, reflect on the program and discuss their future work as advocates. The 2013 Fellows and their host organization supervisors were oriented to the specifics of the program and discussed their proposed projects for their Fellowship year.

    April 30, 2013
    General
    AVAC
  • In January AVAC collaborated with the French AIDS organization Sidaction to host a meeting, Challenges of clinical trial design, degree of evidence and recommendations in the era of PrEP. The meeting provided a forum for local French researchers and advocates to discuss IPERGAY, the intermittent PrEP study currently underway with men who have sex with men in France. A number of international researchers, advocates and normative agencies were also on hand to broaden the discussion.

    April 30, 2013
  • IRMA, amfAR and AVAC are delighted to announce that IRMA Nigeria, in partnership with the International Center for Advocacy on the Right to Health, Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL), and an organization in Zambia (which requested to remain anonymous), have been awarded

    April 30, 2013
    Lubricant, Microbicides
  • What happens when 71 advocates from 10 countries gather to survey the state of HIV prevention for the year to come? At the annual AVAC Partners’ Forum (December 4-6), the answer was: a high-energy conversation that just wouldn’t stop.

    For three days of plenary sessions and small group work, participants debated, strategized and prioritized—and energy was as high at the end of the final day as it was when the meeting kicked off with an overview presentation on the science of AIDS in Africa, by South African researcher Helen Rees.

    January 31, 2013
    General
  • The following is excerpted from a longer piece by Mannasseh Phiri originally appearing in Zambia’s Sunday Post. Phiri is a long-time HIV prevention practitioner and advocate.

    If you have ever heard me make a presentation on HIV and AIDS in Zambia in the last 10 years, you will know that I always start with a picture of a magnificent specimen of a bull elephant standing in its majesty on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. As I show the picture I tell the story of how the African elephant in many ways behaves like HIV—quietly consuming a huge amount of resources.

    January 31, 2013
    Mannasseh Phiri
  • The GLAM Toolkit was launched at a side meeting of the AVAC Partners' Forum. GLAM (Global Lube Access Mobilization) is project of IRMA's Project ARM (Africa for Rectal Microbicides), and this new resource provides background on the status of lubricant access in Africa and strategies for civil society to secure sustainable supplies of safe, condom-compatible lube.

    January 31, 2013
    Lubricant, Microbicides
  • At the annual African regional meeting of the Microbicide Trial Network (MTN) in Cape Town, South Africa this past October, AVAC and many of our coalition partners led and contributed to discussions about key emerging issues in microbicides research. 2011 AVAC Fellow Brian Kanyemba led a civil society consultation providing feedback for an upcoming rectal microbicide trial being planned for several countries, including South Africa.

    December 31, 2012
  • In October, AVAC's Kevin Fisher and Deirdre Grant and a number of PxROAR program members descended on Las Vegas for the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). USCA is a US-focused conference that largely attracts front-line providers from AIDS service organizations.

    November 30, 2012
  • 2012 AVAC Fellow Alice Kayongo played a leading role in developing a civil society report, “The Change We Need to End AIDS in Uganda”, which details concerns and recommendations for shaping the national AIDS response in Uganda. This report was presented at the Joint Annual Review (JAR) of the country’s five-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) for responding to HIV/AIDS, which was first launched about a year ago. The mid-October JAR meeting was an opportunity to review progress and gaps.

    November 30, 2012
  • Remember prevention is better than cure,
    Combination prevention will see us through
    To conquer this infection, it needs you;
    An AIDS free generation begins with you.

    November 30, 2012

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