IAS Educational Fund


Context

The rapid pace of scientific discovery in care for people living with HIV and AIDS requires clinicians and HIV service providers to remain continually up to date on research developments and best practices. In 2016, the International AIDS Society (IAS) launched the IAS Educational Fund to provide educational and training opportunities to frontline HIV professionals.

The IAS Educational Fund makes scientific fora and continuing education opportunities more accessible to our members. This is accomplished by:

  • Organizing IAS Educational Fund meetings around the world to provide access to the latest science
  • Providing scholarships to clinicians and HIV service providers to attend IAS conferences (International AIDS Conferences and IAS Conferences on HIV Science)
  • Making the content of IAS conferences accessible to a wider audience

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.

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Conference content

To make the content of IAS conferences accessible to a wider audience, most conference sessions are made available online. The IAS Educational Fund team also provides selected sessions dedicated to clinicians and other healthcare providers and advocates with educational and inspiring sessions.

Access the IAS Educational Fund online resources

Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme: Experts in HIV service delivery

Many African countries face an unmet need in the training of medical practitioners who want to become specialized in HIV. The Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme is aimed at contributing to improving the quality of HIV service delivery in resource-limited settings by providing two-year fellowships to five clinicians from sub-Saharan Africa, who will spend one year in Europe and one year in Africa at clinical institutions.

Candidates will be able to apply for the fellowship programme by completing an electronic application form between 18 January and 19 February 2018.

Scholarships

In 2016, more than 2,000 people showed their interest in the IAS Educational Fund scholarship programme by submitting their application and we supported 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 moved from meeting halls into communities.

This year, 192 IAS Educational Fund scholarships were awarded to clinicians and other HIV service providers to attend IAS 2017. For more information on the application process and criteria, please contact us at [email protected]

Sponsors

The IAS Educational Fund is made possible through an educational grant from ViiV Healthcare and financial support from Gilead Sciences.