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You Get What You Measure: Why Monitoring for PrEP Choice Helps Tell Our Story

The data we collect on a program determines its path and priorities. This webinar will cover the current state of PrEP M&E and efforts to improve and simplify the data we collect, allowing our data to better reflect how people are using PrEP, support PrEP choice amongst the growing array of PrEP methods, and enhance the stories we can tell about PrEP program implementation.

Presenters:

  • Katharine Kripke, Avenir Health, MOSAIC
  • Jessica Williamson, Avenir Health, MOSAIC

Panelists:

  • Omolabake Ekundayo, Ministry of Health Nigeria
  • Dr. Herbert Kadama, Ministry of Health Uganda
  • Ramatsoai Soothoane, Jhpiego, MOSAIC Project Lesotho

Moderator:

  • Adaobi Olisa, FHI360, MOSAIC Project Nigeria

This webinar will offer live French and Portuguese translation, courtesy of the South-to-South Learning Network in Africa.

Co-sponsors:

  • BioPIC
  • South-toC-South Learning Network
  • The MOSAIC Project

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Responding to Project 2025’s Threats to Science, Rights and Resources

Project 2025 is part of an ongoing multi-pronged backlash to the sexual and reproductive health, gender and LGBTQ+ movements. It is likely the national game plan of a Trump administration should he win the US presidential election in November. This has serious implications for both domestic and foreign policies and programs for our communities and beyond. Building on the experience of the HIV movement in fighting these same far-right forces, this webinar will discuss potential responses through the lens of HIV affected communities and programs.

Speakers:

  • Sean Cahill, The Fenway Institute
  • Aleksei Lakhov, EuroNPUD
  • Will Ramirez, Southern AIDS Coalition
  • Beirne Roose-Synder, Council on Global Equality

Moderators:

  • Anne-christine d’Adesky, Stop the Coup 2025
  • Allan Maleche, KELIN

Co-sponsors:

  • European AIDS Treatment Group
  • EuroNPUD
  • The Fenway Institute
  • Funders Concerned About AIDS
  • GSSG Foundation
  • KELIN
  • Southern AIDS Coalition
  • Stop the Coup 2025

Pride and a Transnational Anti-LGBTQ+ Reaction

For five decades LGBTQ+ communities and their allies have come together in June to celebrate Pride, to demand recognition of our human rights, and to honor Queer lives. It was movement that ignited out of a climate of fear and ignorance, one that de-humanized trans people and same-gender loving people and made possible their continual persecution.   

As we mark the 54th anniversary of the New York City Stonewall Uprising of 1969, we celebrate the diversity and resilience of LGBTQ+ communities around the world and we must call out the transnational anti-LGBTQ+ reaction that is propelling gay-hate legislation, systemic violations of human rights, and violence against Queer people in countries across Africa, Asia and the US.  

Read on for details on an important advocacy movement against the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Uganda, a new podcast capturing the highlights and personal story of one advocate’s work, and the work of a cross-country collaboration strengthening advocacy for key populations.  

New Report

UNWANTED, OUTLAWED AND ILLEGAL: THE CRY OF LGBTIQ+ UGANDANS

It’s been one year since the Ugandan legislature passed one of the most draconian gay-hate laws in the world, the Anti Homosexuality ACT (AHA), which has since been approved by a Ugandan court ruling, now on appeal. The AHA intensifies the criminalization of LGBTQ+ people, including up to life imprisonment for consensual same-sex conduct, and even the death penalty in certain circumstances. A new report by the Strategic Response Team (SRT), UNWANTED, OUTLAWED AND ILLEGAL: THE CRY OF LGBTIQ+ UGANDANS, documents evictions, arrests, imprisonment, forced anal exams, and community violence against LGBTQ+ people since the passage of AHA. 

New Podcast

PxPulse: The Advocacy Chronicles

In a new edition of PxPulse: The Advocacy Chronicles, Allan Mwasa of SMUG International in Uganda discusses the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), rising violence against LGBTQ+ communities in Uganda, how advocates are organizing, and what allies can do now. A donation to SMUG supports the work of the Strategic Response Team documenting civil rights violations and intensifying persecution of LGBTQI+ Ugandans. Click here to donate to SMUG

On the Radar

The Key Population Trans National Collaboration (KP-TNC)

And follow the work of the Key Population Trans National Collaboration (KP-TNC), a cross country collaboration strengthening advocacy for key populations. Working in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zanzibar, the KP-TNC strengthens relationships between KP-led organizations and development partners, regional organizations, the African Union, PEPFAR, The Global Fund and country governments, and develops strategies to advance advocacy for global health equity at large, and for HIV prevention and treatment among key populations. 

This moment requires global solidarity to push back against the lies, prejudice and discrimination that imperil LGBTQ+ people everywhere. Here’s to a powerful Pride! 

Announcing the Next Class of Advocacy Navigators

We are thrilled to announce AVAC’s 3rd class of Advocacy Navigators! This group of 12 emerging advocates from nine countries was selected from 100s of interested applicants. They will be paired with six mentors, seasoned advocates who are alumni of AVAC’s Advocacy Fellows program. These mentors provide support and guidance as the Navigators strengthen and expand their skills in HIV prevention advocacy. 

Meet the 2024 Advocacy Navigators

Elizabeth Zahabu, Tanzania; Gcebile Yvette Dlamini, Eswatini; Jessica Booysen, South Africa; Joseph Robert Linda, Uganda; Nawanyaga Gloria, Uganda; Rita Nyaguthii Gatonye, Kenya; Renny Mulala, Zambia; Madalitso Juwayeyi, Malawi; Rumbidzai Munhanzi, Zimbabwe; Takunda Clement Chanetsa, Zimbabwe; Nicole Ondisa Oduya, Kenya; Sharon Ramantele, Botswana.

Following the model of the AVAC Advocacy Fellows program, Navigators tackle curated coursework, focused networking, and personalized mentorship over six months.

Meet the 2024 Mentors

Anna Miti, Zimbabwe; Chilufya Hampongo, Zambia; Cleopatra Makura, Zimbabwe; Eric Mcheka, Malawi; Dr. Lilian Benjamin Mwakyosi, Tanzania; Simon K’Ondiek, Kenya.

And a big congratulations to the graduating cohort of Advocacy Navigators who recently completed the 2023 program. Nine Navigators implemented new advocacy projects in their communities on the rollout of CAB for PrEP and DVR, meaningful engagement of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in HIV prevention, changing the age of consent, and advocacy for accessible HIV prevention for people with disabilities, sex workers and other key populations.

About the Advocacy Navigators Program

Since 2009 with the establishment of the AVAC Advocacy Fellows program, AVAC has recognized the imperative to support HIV prevention advocates with the knowledge and skills they desire. The Fellows Network represents a global movement of seasoned veterans and passionate newcomers, who call out neglect, insist on equity, monitor commitments and identify solutions. Now the Advocacy Navigator program, which is part of the Coalition to Accelerate & Support Prevention Research (CASPR), is leveraging the strength of this extraordinary program and its alumni community to expand and strengthen the network and continue to support and engage advocates for the long-term. 

The Advocacy Navigator program combines training and mentorship to young and emerging advocates in the field of HIV prevention advocacy. The program mobilizes a cohort of ambitious individuals and provides them with resources to build their knowledge, skills and confidence to meaningfully advance HIV prevention advocacy in their communities and countries. The program includes online coursework, personalized mentorship, and opportunities to directly apply learning through a community advocacy project. The program begins with three months of coursework and project development, followed by three months when advocates implement their plans. 

Keep up to date with this year’s Navigators and stay tuned for updates on their upcoming advocacy projects!

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The GPP Body of Evidence: GPP Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks, REAL and REAL2

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It’s Not Just about the Trial: GPP from discovery to delivery in TB research

GPP enhances every stage of the research lifecycle. In this webinar, our partners at TB Alliance, SMART4TB, and THINK will shared experiences, lessons learned, and innovative approaches in integrating GPP at the organizational, network and situational level, from drug development through delivery.

Moderators:

  • Stacey Hannah, AVAC
  • Dr. Michele Tameris, University of Cape Town

Panelists:

  • Stephanie Seidel, TB Alliance
  • Erica Lessem, SMART4TB
  • Masingita Lambane, THINK

Recording / Stephanie Seidel Slides / Erica Lessem Slides / Masingita Lambane Slides

Fighting the Same Fight Again

Civil Society and Community Engagement in Global Health Initiatives
Authors: Samantha Rick (AVAC), Quentin Batreau (GFAN), Eolann MacFadden (Frontline AIDS)

Pandemic Accord negotiations have so far failed to effectively engage advocate and civil society voices. With key parts of the Pandemic Accord moving toward further negotiation over the next few years, the Coalition of Advocates for Global Health and Pandemic Preparedness calls on advocates in and around the World Health Assembly to continue to rally for meaningful engagement with civil society and community and leadership roles for both in the ongoing multilateral process for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPPR).

For decades civil society and community organizations have been recognised and legitimately engaged as vital stakeholders and leaders in the HIV response. But this principle of inclusion has been inadequately upheld in other health areas, and vitally important initiatives, including the negotiations of the Pandemic Accord, have failed to build on the success of the HIV response and fully utilize existing models and mechanisms for engagement. Without them, these efforts exclude critical stakeholders when they should integrate civil society organizations (CSOs) as a crucial driver of policy and programming. Although certain initiatives have created some opportunities for CSO involvement, organized campaigns and public outcry have been necessary to garner a seat at the table. With every new program, fund, or secretariat, advocates are compelled to engage in the same repetitive battle to obtain a minimum of two voting seats and consultation prior to decision-making.

Civil society representation at the World Health Assembly has been reduced, a formal mechanism for engagement at UN High Level Meetings has been rejected, requests for even observer status during Pandemic Accord negotiations have also been rejected, and civil society and community advocates have experienced hostility at international convenings such as International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). Preventing, preparing, and responding to disease outbreaks requires public trust, understanding of regional or cultural ways of working, geographical limitations, and the true needs of communities. We cannot build effective health infrastructure by erecting barriers to civil society and community leadership. 

It is absolutely crucial that civil society and communities band together to demand meaningful engagement in the processes that follow and refuse to permit governments and institutions from rolling back CSO access and decision-making power even further. 

We have seen throughout the 40 years of the HIV/AIDS response that meaningful engagement  turns the tide when biomedical innovations fall short of their potential because of real-world challenges. Decision makers, government representatives, and multilateral institutional leaders must enshrine a baseline level of meaningful civil society engagement practices where and when international decisions are made. As lessons from the global HIV response show us, it is possible, if not probable, that many of the outstanding issues in the Pandemic Accord could have been solved with civil society input and influence, as knowledge-brokers who bring unique insights, find solution, and foster trust where it’s needed most.

The Coalition of Advocates for Global Health and Pandemic Preparedness is a group of organizations advocating for an integrated and holistic approach to preparedness that emphasizes equity, inclusion, and synergies of multiple global health programs in advancing preparedness. We believe that all global health initiatives should be centered on the key principles of community leadership, equity, access, and human rights and that efforts to fight current epidemics and strengthen health systems are central to equitable pandemic preparedness.

The biggest lesson from the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria is that if space is not reserved for civil society, we must take it – “Nothing For Us Without Us”. Join us at the World Health Assembly or watch the recording of our side event focused on civil society engagement if you can’t make it to Geneva, and keep demanding meaningful engagement in every global health initiative.

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Illinois PrEP Summit 2024: Disrupting Disparities and Advancing Access

The conference focuses on advancing biomedical HIV prevention to help achieve Getting to Zero by 2030. Key summit goals include improving access, addressing disparities, fostering research and promoting community engagement. Join us for in-person sessions covering strategies, policies and implementation research.

This conference is curated by AFC, MATEC, PrEP4Teens and Project VIDA.

Registration closes, June 7, 2024.

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Using the COMPASS Campaign Advocacy Assessment Tool (C-CAAT) to assess the effectiveness of advocacy campaigns

This webinar is for all COMPASS coalition members, partners, stakeholders and individuals taking on advocacy in various fields.

By the end of the webinar participants are expected to have an improved capacity on how to reflect on advocacy outcomes (positive and negative) individually and collectively with relevant stakeholders and partners; enhanced ability to identify, describe and document advocacy outcomes in a clear and structured manner; and an improved capacity to identify follow up actions/tactics needed to achieve the advocacy goal or respond in the event of a setback.

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HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections: Progress and gaps

13:00 – 14:30 CEST PM

Please join this webinar being held in the run up to the 77th World Health Assembly.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch a publication, which describes progress and gaps identified during the first two years of implementing the global health sector strategies on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for 2022-2030.

Moderators will ask key leaders in the responses to HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs how we can increase visibility, political will and community activism to accelerate action.

Panelists include:

  • Jérôme Salomon, WHO, Switzerland
  • Jessica Hicks, World Hepatitis Alliance, United Kingdom
  • Maureen Luba, AVAC, Malawi
  • Meg Doherty, WHO, Switzerland
  • Patty Garcia, Cayetano Heredia University, Peru
  • Philippe Duneton, Unitaid, Switzerland
  • Sabin Nsanzimana, Ministry of Health, Rwanda (TBC)

The conversation will be moderated by Charles Gore from the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Birgit Poniatowski from IAS – the International AIDS Society.

The webinar is organized by IAS – the International AIDS Society – and its partners, WHO, Medicines Patent Pool and Unitaid.