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PlusNews Weekly Issue 249, 3 September 2005

1. HIV Research Trust Training scholarships

A new scholarship programme is being run by the International AIDS Society (IAS) on behalf of the HIV Research Trust.

The Scholarship scheme aims to support a broad mix of disciplines, while enabling physicians, nurses, scientists and other healthcare professionals in resource-poor settings to acquire skills relevant to treatment-related research, in order to develop their careers and increase the capacity of their units to carry out research related to treatment and prevention.

This year the Trustees have chosen the following countries in Sub-Saharan Africa:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo DR, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The scheme may be extended to other continents at a later stage.

The role of the IAS is to assist the HIV Research Trust to efficiently administer the research Scholarship by means of advertising in accordance with the stipulated eligibility criteria; and to facilitate the application and selection procedures by short-listing a number of candidates from various disciplines, from whom the trustees will choose the most appropriate candidates and to whom they will award the Scholarships.

For the extent and nature of support offered by the scholarships:

2. Sexuality, Economics and Development in Africa

The African Federation for Sexual Health and Rights, in collaboration with the Africa Regional Office of Planned Parenthood Federation of America-International (PPFA-I), has launched a call for abstracts for the second Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 19 to 21 June 2006. The theme of this conference will be 'Sexuality, Economics and Development in Africa'.

Individuals and institutions wishing to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation at the conference are invited to make their submissions. As a requirement for acceptance, the abstract must cover: the proposed thematic areas; set out the general interest for the participants at the conference; and describe the contents of the presentation and its contribution to the development of Sexuality, Economics and Development in Africa. Any research undertaken must have the arguments considered pertinent, and show originality and innovation.

Abstract Categories:

    - Sexuality and Sexual Health
    - Sexuality, HIV/AIDS and Emerging Therapies
    - Sexual and Domestic Violence
    - Child Abuse
    - Vulnerable Groups
    - Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
    - Abortion
    - Culture, Sexuality and Sexual Rights
    - Sexuality Education
    - Contemporary Issues in Sexuality
    - Sexuality and Religion
    - Family Planning in the era of HIV/AIDS
    - Partnerships in Sexual Health and Rights - Sexuality and Economics
    - Programming for Sexual Health and Rights

Abstract Format:
Abstracts should be submitted for both poster and oral presentations, and should be in English.

For more information and to submit abstracts:
Conference Organizer
Africa Regional Office
Planned Parenthood Federation of America-International
1st Floor, Chaka Place, Argwings Kodhek Road
PO Box 53538-00200
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2727049 - 52
Fax: +254 20 2717013

3. New Publication on ARVs in Resource-Poor settings

Family Health International (FHI) has released 'Delivering Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Resource-Constrained Settings: Lessons from Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda', which documents pioneering work to introduce ART into comprehensive HIV programmes.

The 120-page document, available at is intended for governments, development partners and health facilities seeking to integrate ART into existing HIV services in developing country settings.

This book shares many strategies, challenges and recommendations. Comments by national and community leaders, providers and patients appear throughout the text to give readers a sense of the programmes as they progressed. The book has nine chapters, each addressing an essential element of an effective ART programme.




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