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PlusNews Weekly Issue 255, 14 October 2005

1. ICASA2005 Conference Scholarships

The secretariat of the 14th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2005), to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 4 to 9 December 2005, is calling prospective conference attendees to apply for the full or partial scholarships available.

Only online applications will be accepted at by 21 October 2005.

To apply, visit - click on 'scholarship application' under the 'quick link to forms' column (in red).

2. HIV Research Trust Training scholarships

The HIV Research Trust Scholarship Scheme, has been launched by the HIV Research Trust and the International AIDS Society.

The role of the International AIDS Society (IAS) is to assist the HIV Research Trust to administer the research Scholarship scheme and assist in the selection of qualified participants, based on the identified eligibility and selection criteria.

This scholarship scheme, announced on 1 September, aims to support 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 will choose potential recipients from the following Sub-Saharan countries:
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 scholarship scheme may be extended to other continents at a later stage.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2005.

For more information on the HIV Research Trust and the support offered by the scholarships, please follow this link:

3. Siyayinqoba Beat It!

Siyayinqoba Beat It! is South Africa's first TV magazine programme presented entirely by people living with HIV/AIDS. The show provides a window on the realities of the hardships that they may face, while offering a strong message of hope and a vision for the road ahead when dealing with HIV/AIDS.

The fifth series of Siyayinqoba Beat It! goes on air every week, starting at 13h30 on Sunday 16 October on SABC1. The programme moves beyond HIV/AIDS awareness into making informed decisions about sex, HIV testing and getting access to treatment. It encourages open talk and effective action to make the path of the next generation easier.

For more information:




AFRICA: Interview with Dr Jim Yong Kim, WHO HIV/AIDS director
KENYA: Fish trade aiding the spread of HIV/AIDS
KENYA: HIV/AIDS a major health issue in western province
KENYA: Cultural traditions fuel the spread of HIV/AIDS
AFRICA: Beyond ABC - The challenge of prevention


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The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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