IAS Educational Fund
The rapid pace of scientific discovery in care for people living with HIV and AIDS requires clinicians, HIV service providers and advocates to remain continually up to date on research developments and best practices. As the International AIDS Conference remains a vital tool for continuing medical education, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is proud to launch the IAS Educational Fund – a mechanism aimed to provide and invest in educational opportunities that support the frontline HIV workforce.
Due to limited resources and professional demands, it has become increasingly difficult for clinicians, HIV service providers and advocates to access the latest research and science. The IAS Educational Fund seeks to address this by building a stronger link between the latest discoveries presented at the international conferences and the implementation and scale-up of those discoveries. This will be accomplished through three phases: 1) providing scholarships to clinicians and advocates to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), 2) making the content of AIDS 2016 accessible to a wider audience, and 3) organizing IAS Educational Fund meetings around the world to provide access to the latest science.
Phase 1: Scholarships outcome
More than 2,000 people showed their interest in the IAS Educational Fund scholarship programme by submitting their application. We are proud to announce that we supported more than 130 clinicians and 80 advocates to attend AIDS 2016 with a full scholarship. These awards enabled participants not only to attend AIDS 2016, but also to take away what they learned and present that knowledge back home. This is an essential step in ensuring that the research and implementation breakthroughs presented at AIDS 2016 move from meeting halls into communities.
IAS Educational Fund scholarship recipients © IAS/Marcus Rose
The IAS Educational Fund scholarship recipients gathered for a networking event with Dr Jintanat Ananworanich and Dr Roy Gulick at the IAS Exhibition Booth, on Tuesday 19 July.
When I submitted my application for the scholarship, I was expecting to gain mostly technical knowledge – but it went beyond that. I think the networks established at the conference were just as important as the sessions offered.
Mariha Moura, Brazil
I had a chance to meet participants from other countries and share experiences, which might move towards collaborations. I will bring back to my medical students, resident doctors, patients and community what was gained from the conference.
Dr. Kefyalew Garie, Ethiopia
Phase 2: Cloud-based, remote-access to AIDS 2016 conference materials
To make the content of AIDS 2016 accessible to a wider audience, most AIDS 2016 sessions have been made available for online access after the conference. The IAS Educational Fund team has put together two roadmaps for AIDS 2016 dedicated to clinicians and other healthcare providers and advocates with educational and inspiring sessions:
To make AIDS 2016 content accessible to French speakers, the IAS Educational Fund is happy to provide several sessions subtitled and transcribed in French on this page.
Additionally, Clinical Care Options (CCO) and NAM Publications (NAM) were official providers of online scientific coverage for AIDS 2016 and produced the following materials:
- capsule summaries
- downloadable slides
- CME-certified faculty analysis of key studies on HIV treatment and prevention
- news reports
- conference bulletins
- conference highlights
Free to access, CCO materials are available here and NAM materials are available here.
Phase 3: IAS Educational Fund meetings
To make scientific fora more accessible to our members, their communities and the HIV workforce, the IAS convenes smaller scientific symposia around the world targeted at healthcare workers, advocates, and policymakers. Through these smaller scientific meetings, the IAS Educational Fund provides access to the latest science and opportunities to question how that information impacts local epidemics. To build these meetings, the IAS partners closely with local academia, research institutions, and civil society organizations who ensure the discussion are adapted and contextualized for the locations where the IAS Educational Fund meetings are hosted.
The IAS Educational Fund is made possible through an educational grant from ViiV Healthcare and financial support from Gilead Sciences.