April 30, 2012
In April AVAC released Spotlight, a biannual bulletin chronicling AVAC’s HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship. Spotlight is an excellent way to learn more about what Fellows do during their fellowship year and beyond.
Highlights from this issue of Spotlight include:
- Advocacy Fellows’ commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic
- Profiles of the 2012 cadre of Advocacy Fellows
- 2011 Advocacy Fellows’ milestones
- Inaugural 2012 Advocacy Fellows and where they are
A number of Fellows and a broad array of coalition partners have been working to influence the Country Operation Plans (CoPs) that guide the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The US government, including President Barack Obama, has made strong commitments to beginning to end the AIDS epidemic using core elements of combination prevention including ARV treatment, voluntary medical male circumcision, HIV testing and PMTCT. To meet these goals, the COPs need targets that are ambitious and strategic. For more on Country Operating Plans, read the current issue of PxWire. Since PxWire was published, Advocacy Fellows in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya have led efforts to submit letters directly to the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator listing key concerns and demands. AVAC, amfAR and Health GAP submitted letters echoing these concerns.
More on the Fellows’ work can be found here.
Click here to download Spotlight on Advocacy Fellows.