25th August: Start of new MeSH Webinar Series on Strengthening Routine HIV Data

A new Webinar Series from MeSH on Strengthening Routine HIV Data will start on 25th August. The first talk will take place on 25th August, 12:00-13:00h BST and is looking into “Understanding the Transition Period into Sex Work and Service Access Gaps Among Young Women Who Sell Sex, and its Implications for HIV Programming.”

The series of webinars are running from August to November and focus on the work of brilliant women in the HIV field. They will discuss their contributions to strengthening the understanding, collection, analysis, and use of routine HIV data towards the aim of accelerating and tracking HIV decline in sub-Saharan Africa. Each webinar will be a live with 20-30 minutes of presentation, followed by 20-30 minutes of discussion with the audience.

For more information visit the MeSH website.

AREF Essential Grant Writing Course – Application deadline 20th August

During the weeks of 11 October and 15 November 2021, AREF are hosting an Essential Grant Writing Workshop for African health researchers from selected African countries.

The aim of this workshop is to enable talented early-career health- and health-related researchers to build skills to develop their own research and fellowship proposals of the quality required to win competitive international, regional, and national funding.

For more information and to find out about eligibility, please visit their website. Deadline to apply for this workshop is Friday 20 August. 

‘Men – the elephant in the (gender & global health) room’

The recently established Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health is delighted to announce a new fortnightly seminar series open to all. The Series accompanies the development of the Commission, inviting Commissioners and Co-Chairs to discuss a key topic, question, or challenge that the Commission hopes to tackle. The series aims to involve a range of stakeholders and voices in its work and promote discussion and debate on gender and health.

In the eleventh event of the series, Commissioner Morna Cornell, Senior Researcher & Project Manager, IeDEA-Southern Africa, highlighted the historical neglect of men in the response to HIV, and in public health more broadly.


Request for Applications – Fogarty-IeDEA Mentorship Program (FIMP)

The International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) is an international research consortium established in 2006 by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to provide a rich resource for globally diverse HIV/AIDS data. The consortium consists of seven global regions: North America (NA-ACCORD); the Caribbean, Central and South America (CCASAnet); the Asia-Pacific; East Africa; Central Africa; West Africa; and Southern Africa. To date, the consortium houses data on over 2 million adults and 200,000 children and adolescents living with HIV. This wealth of data is an excellent resource for training new investigators. In collaboration with the Fogarty International Center (FIC), six IeDEA regions working in low- and middle-income countries have created training opportunities under the Fogarty IeDEA Mentorship Program (FIMP). Within each region, two 24-month mentee slots will be open to current and recent FIC D43 trainees, and IeDEA-affiliated investigators, for a total of 12 positions globally.

Applications Open: Monday, July 26th
Orientation Webinars: Week of August 9th
Applications due: Monday, October 25th

For more information continue reading here.

CROI 2022: Conference Overview and Details in Development

Mark the date: November 1, 2021, is the general abstract and scholarship submission deadline for the 29th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). CROI 2022 will be held on February 13 to 16, 2022, and is currently planned as a hybrid conference to include both virtual and in-person participation. The in-person component, hosted in Denver, Colorado, USA, will feature additional sessions and networking opportunities for those attending live. The CROI Scientific Program Committee will monitor the COVID-19 pandemic carefully in terms of changes in the safety and practicality of hosting an in-person component.»

Funding for Training in mathematical modelling

The HIV Modelling Consortium will fund two candidates who are based in sub-Saharan Africa to attend a two-week online training course in mathematical modelling.

The course is aimed at policy-makers, public health professionals, academic researchers or anyone who needs to develop, use or interpret mathematical modelling for public health decision-making. Only a very basic mathematical ability is required to attend. The course runs from 6th-15th Sept 2021 and is organised by Imperial College London. More details are provided here: https://www.infectiousdiseasemodels.org.


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.