Avac Event

Innovations and Challenges of PEPFAR Prevention Programming During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 10, 2021

AVAC with the Global AIDS Policy Partnership (GAPP) hosted a global Zoom webinar on HIV prevention entitled: “Innovations and Challenges of PEPFAR Prevention Programming during the COVID-19 pandemic”
The webinar opened with a presentation by staff from the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator on prevention programming, followed by a moderated panel discussion.

Speakers and Panelists

Sara Klucking, Senior Technical Adviser and Acting Director, Office of Research and Science, US Department of State, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and OGAC colleagues Janet Saul, Erin Eckstein and Jennifer Cole.

Panel Discussion Moderator: Keifer Buckingham, Open Society Foundations.

Panelists: Marineus Mutongore, Chair of the Key and Vulnerable Population Forum in Tanzania, Kudakwashe Murombedzi, Senior Technical Advisor for VMMC Communications on the USAID-funded EMPOWER project in Malawi and Sara Klucking, OGAC.

Webinar in Brief

The recent Global Fund Results report, as well as some early reports from PEPFAR countries, have suggested that HIV prevention activities have been more greatly affected as the COVID-19 pandemic has swept through many countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. This webinar explores how different PEPFAR prevention programs (the DREAMS program, voluntary medical male circumcision, PrEP and behavioral interventions) fared, and what innovations are being used to keep prevention on track.