People infected and affected by HIV face multiple, far-reaching barriers every day – from structural barriers affecting their access to services and care, to societal and scientific barriers keeping them from enjoying healthy, safe, and full lives. We highlight some of these barriers, and what innovative approaches are being developed to bridge them.
Johanna Theunissen, Communications Officer, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi/SHARE staff
One of the most powerful plenaries during AIDS 2018 took place on the final morning, under the theme Building bridges for the next generation, featuring MTV Shuga, a behavior change and demand creation campaign which seeks to impac
Elizabeth Wetzel, Regional Research Fellow for Baylor College of Medicine – Children’s Foundation Malawi
Data helps provide insight into what is working and what needs to be changed to improve outcomes along the HIV cascade of care. The Tingathe Outreach Program uses monitoring & evaluation and research data to provide the highest quality services and most cost-effective strategies to support patients and providers along the HIV cascade. At AIDS 2018, Tingathe presented on how they use data to inform the program.
Bheki Moyo, Managing Director of Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe
Bheki Moyo, Managing Director of Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe, shares his personal connection to some of the key messages at AIDS 2018 and the top three things he will take home with him after the conference.
Definate Nhamo, Senior Program Manager, Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust (PZAT)
In the early stages of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation, two key elements to a successful program have emerged: implementation science to inform rollout and demand creation strategies to promote the product. The pre-conference session ‘Insight to Impact: Driving Demand Creation for HIV Prevention’, organized by the OPTIONS Consortium explored the intersections of public health science and marketing and communications to understand how to drive demand for HIV prevention.
Diana Taonga Tembo Kennedy Training Fellow and Master Coach, Grassroot Soccer
Young people living with HIV are not just a statistic, we are not defined by our status. There is more to us and to our needs than just our HIV status. This is one of the key messages that I hope gets amplified at the 2018 International AIDS Conference.
Rose Wilcher, Director, Research Utilization, FHI 360
The USAID– and PEPFAR-supported LINKAGES project is excited to announce the arrival of a new supplement in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) titled Optimizing the Impact of Key Population Programming Across the HIV Cascade.