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 between October 2016 and December 2017. In 2018, meetings took place in Mexico and India in April 2018, and in Ukraine in May 2018. 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.