IAS Educational Fund Meetings
While the HIV response has made considerable progress, the gap between HIV science and implementation remains a persistent challenge for effectively responding to the epidemic globally. The IAS Educational Fund was established in an effort to make dynamic, scientific fora more accessible to our members and their communities. In addition to providing direct support to clinicians and other healthcare providers to attend our best-in-class global meetings, the IAS convenes smaller meetings around the world targeted at healthcare workers, advocates and policymakers to provide access to the latest science and opportunities to question how that information impacts local epidemics.
During these smaller meetings, key scientific and policy content from the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science is discussed, as well as the implementation science priorities for policy and programme improvements. Participants will explore strategies for bridging the gap between HIV science and programme implementation. The meetings are also an opportunity for participants to share scientific research results from local treatment and prevention experiences.
IAS Educational Fund meetings have been held in Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Argentina, Thailand and Côte d’Ivoire.In 2018, meetings took place in Lebanon, Mexico, India, Ukraine, Haiti and Indonesia.
For 2019, the first one was held in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Upcoming meetings will be held in Georgia and Lebanon.
The IAS partners closely with academia, research institutions, and civil society organizations to develop the symposia and ensure the discussions are adapted and contextualized for each host country.