HIV services in sub-Saharan Africa: the greatest gap is men

Morna Cornell and Leigh Johnson of IeDEA-SA recently co-authored an invited Comment for The Lancet to mark the 40th anniversary of the first cases of AIDS. Focusing on eastern and southern Africa, the epicentre of the pandemic, they noted the remarkable progress in access to HIV testing and care in sub-Saharan Africa, largely driven by activism and advocacy. They highlighted persistent gender disparities across the HIV continuum, with heterosexual men – particularly those aged 35-49 years – the largest unaddressed gap in HIV services.

The complete comment can be accessed here.

New IeDEA Working Group Leadership

We are pleased to welcome new leadership for IeDEA’s Working Groups. Marcel Yotebieng, co-PI of Central Africa IeDEAis joining Jonathan Golub of IeDEA Asia-Pacific as co-Chair of the Tuberculosis and Lung Health Working Group. Chad Achenbach of NA-ACCORD and Jessica Castilho, who works with both CCASAnet and NA-ACCORD, will co-Chair the Cancer Working Group. Our new TB-Sentinel Research Network will be co-Chaired by Olivier Marcy (West Africa) and Leslie Enane (East Africa), which will begin a multiregional, prospective cohort study across six IeDEA regions in 2021.

Thanks to our outgoing co-Chairs Amita Gupta (TB and Lung Health) and Julia Bohlius and Jeff Martin (Cancer) for their many years of support.


IeDEA Grant Renewal

US NIH renews the IeDEA global consortium for another 5 years!

Between 2016-2020, IeDEA has published over 500 regional and multiregional papers, making substantial contributions to advancing the fields of HIV-related clinical and social science, epidemiology, and data methods and harmonization. Our 7 regions are ready to implement a new set of innovative research agendas that will leverage the HIV cohort databases we have been building for 15 years and the partnerships we have established with local investigators in 44 countries.

Thanks (and congratulations) to the many people around the world who have helped IeDEA to become a force for inclusive science and collaboration.

SARETI – Call for applications

The South African Research Ethics Training Initiative – call for applications

The call for applications is now open and applications close on Friday, 30 July 2021.

The SARETI programme offers PhD leadership training in research ethics to professionals involved with health research in Africa. It will train African candidates who have interests compatible with one or more of the following three themes that will provide a thematic focus to the programme:

  • Improving health research systems in Africa through research ethics leadership
  • Improving effectiveness and efficiency of ethics review systems through research ethics leadership
  • Maximising social value of research in Africa through research ethics leadership

More information can be found here.

CROI 2021 – Abstract and scholarship submission to open soon!

The abstract and scholarship submission for CROI 2021 will open this week with a submission deadline of December 1, 2020.

CROI 2021 will take place virtually from March 6 to 10, 2021.

All abstracts presenting new research in HIV infection and other emerging viral infections such as hepatitis C virus or COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 are eligible for submission. The Scientific Program Committee and external reviewers select submissions on the basis of their medical and scientific significance, timeliness, quality of data and methodology. For more information visit the CROI 2021 website.