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The Advocacy Fellows Program

Meet the 2018 Class of AVAC Advocacy Fellows!

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.

Current Fellows

Pakachere Institute for Health and Development Communication (IHDC) - 2017 Fellow
“Government and key stakeholders need resources to monitor treatment. Advocacy for these resources and their proper allocation is a critical first step.”
Section 27 - 2017 Fellow
South Africa
“In order to curb the number of HIV infections we need to consider providing more alternatives to HIV prevention methods.“
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Partners in Health Research & Development (PHRD) - 2017 Fellow
“HIV self-testing has the potential to increase first-time and repeat testing for HIV, which is essential in delivery of PrEP.”
The Center for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research - Ziimbabwe (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe) - 2017 Fellow
“It is time for sex workers to have the full knowledge of PrEP.”
Center for Youth of Hope - 2017 Fellow
“I seek and advocate for a robust integration of PrEP into existing mainstream HIV prevention strategies among organizations for most-at-risk populations in Botswana.”
People in Need Agency - 2017 Fellow
"I want to advocate for full community participation in cure research."
The Center for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research - Ziimbabwe (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe) - 2017 Fellow
“I believe that PrEP would reduce the spread of HIV especially among adolescent girls and young women and sex workers.”

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