17 MAY 2017 | VOLUME 5
All eight research programmes continue to make good progress and are on track to complete within the timeframe. News and highlights include:
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EHPSA MSM Technical Forum
In March, 53 policymakers, implementers, researchers, and other key stakeholders attended a technical forum in Johannesburg on scaling up HIV prevention for men who have sex with men.
The Anova Health Institute provided technical support and facilitation. Leading thinkers presented sessions on the economics of implementation of MSM programmes, PrEP for MSM, new research and a range of service delivery models and approaches current in the ESA region.
The meeting concluded with breakaway groups to carefully consider a “next steps” agenda for scaling up MSM HIV services for three different country contexts.
The meeting resulted in coverage of MSM issues in the South African media by 13 online and print articles and one radio interview.
Researchers are continually engaging with a range of stakeholders for their work. Some recent highlights include:
Since November 2016, EHPSA has delivered practical training sessions on EiA to all UNAIDS Strategic Information advisers and their national counterparts (reaching 170 people) and has hosted the UNAIDS regional repository on Revitalising HIV Prevention on the EHPSA website.
During March EHPSA participated in two regional meetings on strengthening HIV prevention.
The EHPSA Advisory Board meeting in March focussed on key stakeholder engagement and regional dissemination opportunities for the programme going forward. The Advisory Board includes representatives from UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODC, Anova Health Institute, Aurum Institute as well as DFID and Sida and is proving to be an effective mechanism for dissemination backed by high level endorsement.
Evidence for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa (EHPSA) is a four-year programme funded by UK aid from the Department of International Development, with additional funding from SIDA and the World Bank. The programme is managed by Mott MacDonald.
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