22 February 2007
Washington, DC - The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, along with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization has announced a call for abstracts for the 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting.
The HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting will take place June 16-19, 2007 in Kigali, Rwanda and this year's theme is "Scaling Up Through Partnerships." The meeting theme recognizes the rapid expansion of HIV/AIDS programs worldwide. Together, implementers will exchange lessons learned on building the capacity of local prevention, treatment, and care programs, maintaining quality control, and coordination of efforts. This forum will facilitate an open dialogue about future directions of HIV/AIDS programs, with a strong emphasis on implementation and identification of critical barriers and best practices.
The Conference Steering Committee invites program implementers to submit abstracts that illustrate key programmatic steps, tools, successes and challenges, including any results from recent public health evaluations and studies. Abstracts should offer information that will support scaling-up HIV programs to reach unprecedented levels of scope, quality and access. The final deadline for abstract submissions is March 15, 2007.
Abstract reviewers will prioritize abstracts clearly demonstrating one or more of the following implementation experiences including:
Who can submit an abstract?
Persons and organizations actively engaged in HIV/AIDS program implementation and evaluation are eligible to submit abstracts for consideration.
How will abstracts be reviewed?
Presenters of accepted abstracts will be guaranteed the opportunity to register during a defined registration period. Abstracts will be subject to a peer review process carried out by a panel of international experts. Selected abstracts will be scheduled as either oral or poster presentations, and will be compiled and published in the program book. It is the author's responsibility to submit an abstract that has been approved by all co-authors and their organizations.
When will abstracts be approved?
Abstract reviewers will determine whether an abstract is approved for oral or poster presentation and notification of presenters will be on or before April 1, 2007.
Information about the sponsors of the meeting:
The President's Emergency Planfor AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a $15 billion, five-year initiative to turn the tide against global HIV/AIDS - the largest global health initiative directed at a single disease that any nation has ever undertaken.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund has approved grants for 450 programs in 136 countries with a total commitment of US $7 billion.
UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, brings together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations to the global AIDS response. Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. Based in Geneva, the UNAIDS Secretariat works on the ground in more than 80 countries world wide.
UNICEF is leading the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS global campaign which provides a platform for urgent and sustained action in four key areas: preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, scaling up pediatric treatment and care for children infected with HIV, preventing new infections amongst adolescents, and supporting children affected by AIDS. UNICEF is on the ground in 155 countries and territories.
The World Bank is engaged in the fight against AIDS, which is threatening to reverse the gains of development, to further its mission of fighting poverty. The World Bank provides comprehensive and sustainable financing for AIDS programs worldwide and to date has committed more than US $2.7 billion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority on international health work and takes the lead in the United Nations system in the global health sector response to the AIDS epidemic.