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AVAC Advocacy Partners Forum

At AVAC's annual Partners Forum, we share strategies and successes and set priorities for the future.

Each year, AVAC and a wide array of partners and allies gather to discuss the most urgent issues facing HIV prevention advocates. We share updates from country-level campaigns, look ahead to research results that may emerge in the next 12 months and identify priorities to tackle jointly and individually. It is a time to celebrate success and to re-commit to the work that remains to be done. Scroll down to see images, presentations and video from Partners Forum 2014.

Research to Reality

February 11-13, 2014
Meikles Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe

Forum Objectives

Facilitating connections – Building the movement
Building skills – Strengthening the collective advocacy capacity
Prioritizing actions – Developing actionable plans around key issues outlined in AR2013 and raised by partners

Meeting Materials

Photos from the Partners' Forum


Agenda with Slides

Tuesday, February 11

  • HIV Prevention Advocacy in 2014: The Big Picture [Slides]
  • VMMC, PrEP, Microbicides, Vaccines and More: A “marketplace” tour of HIV prevention research and implementation
  • Advocacy to DELIVER: Prevention is Prevention – The advocacy landscape for today’s strategies
  • How can prevention advocates work within and influence GFATM processes to expand high impact prevention? – Linda Mafu, Global Fund [Slides]
  • Infuencing PEPFAR Country Operating Plans (COPs) – Maureen Milanga, Health GAP [Slides]
  • Beyond the first 5 million: What’s the new advocacy agenda for voluntary medical male circumcision? Angelo Kaggwa, AVAC
  • Viral load testing and viral suppression: Introduction for advocates – Sandra Simons, MSF [Slides]
  • Components you need and traps to avoid for coalition building – Asia Russell, Health GAP

Wednesday, February 12

“Good morning! Here’s what keeps us up at night…” – Partner updates on compelling issues

  • “Research & Reality: How is it that some African countries can research MSM & HIV, while others can't?” – Mannasseh Phiri
  • "From the Lab to the Bedroom" – Rosemary Mburu

Advocacy to DEMONSTRATE: Getting to Implementation—VMMC non-surgical devices and tenofovir-based PrEP rollout – Peter Kilmarx, CDC Zimbabwe [Slides]

Advocacy to DEMONSTRATE: Setting strategy for 2014

Issue Update: Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV Risk – Why this a key issue for prevention advocates

  • Topic Overview: state of the research, current developments – Mike Chirenje, UZ-UCSF [Slides]
  • Civil society engagement: Perspectives and priorities – Promise Mthembu, HRI; Margaret Happy, ICWEA; Teresia Otieno, Gender and Media Initiative

Advocacy to DEVELOP: Progress and setbacks in the search for an AIDS vaccine and cure – Mitchell Warren, AVAC [Slides]

Vaccine and cure advocacy in the context of long—and shifting—timelines: What does it look like? – Leslie Nielsen, IAVI; Paul Semugoma, LGBTI Health in Uganda; Ntando Yola, NACOSA

Advocacy to DEVELOP: “What Women Want” – Opportunities, highlights and challenges in the research of women’s HIV biomedical prevention interventions

Thursday, February 13

“Good morning! Here’s what keeps us up at night…” – Partner updates on compelling issues...

  • “But Why, Why Why – Holistic advocacy” – Alliance Nikuze, Institute of Human Virology of University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • “Let it Lube” – Jim Pickett, IRMA and Project ARM [Slides]
  • Untitled – Rumbidzai Mapfumo, CeSHHAR

Good Participatory Practice: Making stakeholder engagement in the research process meaningful every step of the way – Stacey Hannah, AVAC; Ntando Yola, NACOSA [Slides]

Advocacy for rollout planning: Preparing for upcoming results in women’s HIV prevention research trials

Putting it all together: Prevention IS Prevention Advocacy for 2014 and Beyond...

Resources