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HVAD 2018 - What Advocates Are Saying

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On May 18 each year, the world marks HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) to raise public awareness on and build support for the global research into an HIV vaccine. HVAD also recognizes and celebrates the funders, researchers, advocates and communities who make the work possible.

This year (2018), advocates across the globe published media articles and blogs, and animated social media with messages on HIV vaccines.

See Media articles/blogs curation on Wakelet.


Country Media




  • Published a VARG–AfNHi–AVAC HVAD statement in a national newspaper
  • VARG Member Maureen Luba and fellow advocate Ulanda Mtamba interviewed on national TV, MBC, on the ongoing search for an HIV Vaccine, the role of trial participants and the importance of keeping HIV Vaccine research on the national agenda. (Part One + Part Two)





  • HIV Vaccine Science, Research, Updates and Advocacy (27:11)—AVAC podcast. VARG member Matthew Rose took part in the May episode of AVAC’s Px Pulse podcast alongside researchers Kundai Chinyeze of IAVI and Larry Corey of HVTN, and advocate Bill Snow In the podcast, they help set expectations for where the field is now and where it is going.
  • NIAID HVAD Podcast — NIAID, podcast with Tony Fauci
  • On Our Minds: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day—IAVI, podcast with Mark Feinberg


NHVMAS Website

Blogs published as part of NHVMAS’s Festival of Blogs, conceptualized by VARG member Morenike Ukpong, to amplify all voices about their interest in HIV vaccine development, their expectations of the vaccine, and to promote continued investment in HIV vaccine research.

Social Media

Researchers, funders and advocates across the globe animated social media with messages on HIV vaccine research and its place in the global HIV response.

Twitter activity at #HVAD2018 and #HIVvaccineAware.