Px Pulse

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PxPulse is a project of AVAC and our partners in the Coalition to Accelerate and Support Prevention Research (CASPR). PxPulse uses first person reflections and panel discussions to explore vital topics confronting the field of HIV prevention research.  

PxPulse features influential voices and long-form episodes where you will hear a variety of perspectives covering different angles on issues affecting global health equity and HIV prevention. Hosted and produced by Jeanne Baron.  

PxPulse: The Advocacy Chronicles is a series that takes you behind the scenes, to learn directly from advocates about new issues, key campaigns, effective tactics and advocacy wins. Hosted by Manju Chatani-Gada

PxPulse Research Fundamentals offers episodes that explore and explain key concepts in HIV prevention research. Hosted by Jeanne Baron and guest scientists and advocates.  

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PxPulse: The Advocacy Chronicles with SMUG’s Allan Mwasa (14:43)
June 5, 2024
On this episode of the Advocacy Chronicles, we’re speaking with Nsubuga Allan Mwasa, a Ugandan activist, clinical psychologist and an advocate for mental health and LGBTQ+ rights. Allan serves as Strategic Initiatives Manager at Sexual Minorities Uganda, or SMUG, which has been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ rights, often facing severe challenges including legal battles and violent opposition.

An HIV Vaccine: Looking into the future with Nina Russell (15:54)
May 10, 2024
In this episode of PxPulse, Dr. Nina Russell, Director of TB & HIV Research and Development for the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, talks about where she sees promise in the science, the goals for an HIV vaccine, and why it has an essential role to play, alongside the scale up of PrEP.

PxPulse: The Advocacy Chronicles with APHA’s Yvette Raphael (12:41)
April 15, 2024
Our debut episode of the Advocacy Chronicles features Yvette Raphael, the Executive Director of Advocacy for Prevention of HIV and AIDS (APHA) in South Africa, and a leader in the development of The Choice Manifesto, supported from start to finish by CASPR.

Decolonizing Global Health: Dr. Madhukar Pai and COMPASS Africa Tell Us Why and How (32:11)
March 25, 2024
Investing in the long-term success of African leadership is essential to breaking cycles that perpetuate inequity and that stall progress in the HIV response. In this episode, we explore why and how the decisions that shape global health must be made by those facing the greatest risks. As the world evaluates the pandemic response and debates on decolonizing global health gain momentum, equity in global health has never been more urgent.

Inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in HIV Research: What you need to know (34:28)
November 7, 2023
In this episode of Px Pulse, AVAC’s Manju Chatani-Gada takes us through conversations with a trial participant who became pregnant, researchers, policymakers and donors to understand why this population gets excluded, the impact it has and what to do about it.

PEPFAR at 20: Keeping the promise (23:16)
September 6, 2023
Considered one of the greatest US foreign policy and global development achievements of the century, the program has saved upwards of 25 million lives since it launched in 2003. But PEPFAR is marking its 20th anniversary while fighting for its future.

Evolving Strategies for an HIV Vaccine: One researcher explains where the field is going and why? (21:23)
May 17, 2023
In this episode of our Px Pulse podcast, Evolving Strategies for an HIV Vaccine: One researcher explains where the field is going and why?, Dr. Katy Stephenson explores the implications of recent trial results, the big questions driving next generation vaccine development, and new strategies underway in early phase research.

LGBTQIA+ Advocacy in Uganda: Facing down fear and fighting for justice (24:19)
April 11, 2023
In March 2023, the Ugandan Parliament moved forward broad-reaching legislation to further criminalize LGBTQIA+ people. This podcast features Ugandan advocates and AVAC partners discussing the specifics of how these attacks have gained momentum and their ties to US-based religious extremists. The advocates discuss what needs to happen next.

PPPR Advocacy 101: Find out what it means to you (19:05)
March 28, 2023
Over the coming months, global leaders will make key decisions about several initiatives to prepare for the next pandemic. What they commit to and how much they will spend, and how well these plans incorporate equity as a principle across all of these agreements, is in question.

The Shape of Pandemic Preparedness is Being Decided. Now is the Time for Collective Action (15:14)
March 2, 2023
Health leaders around the world are in the midst of creating a new architecture to deal with pandemics. In this episode of Px Pulse, Chris Collins, the CEO and President at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, talks about what’s at stake, which policy-makers get it already, why this year matters so much, and what advocates can do about it.

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