Call for papers: Special Issue on HIV Prevention

Posted 19 November 2015 by NISC under Announcements & Notices • Journal: African Journal of AIDS Research
Call for papers: Special Issue on HIV Prevention

The 21st International AIDS conference in 2016 presents all stakeholders with a strategic opportunity to debate how the HIV prevention response in the East and Southern African region should be shaped going forward. 

HEARD, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will partner with UNAIDS, the World Bank, Sida/Norad and other relevant multi-laterals to produce a special issue on HIV prevention titled “Fast Tracking the HIV Prevention Response in the New Health and Development agenda.” The special issue will be published in the African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR). 

The special issue, with guest editors Doctor K. Govender and Professor N. Poku, will seek contributions from specialists in their field around fundamental questions and issues in the form of empirical and conceptual papers that translate recent developments in the HIV/AIDS arena into guiding action that will advance the HIV prevention in the new development framework. 

The initiative aims to bring together leading scientists, public health experts and policy-makers to contribute to specific position papers that will address a variety of questions such as: 

  • What constitutes strategic combinations of HIV prevention interventions to effectively impact on HIV incidence in different populations and geographical locations? 
  • How can these combination prevention packages interventions be scaled up for broader reach and impact in a manner that is cost effective and sustainable in the long term?  
  • What the potential effectiveness of financing and implementation Treatment as Prevention (TasP), given its enormous potential for reducing HIV transmission?

The series of papers in the special issue, will comprise of distinctive thought pieces to reflect emerging debates in the area. The special issue will be disseminated at AIDS 2016, the annual meeting of the International AIDS Society to be held in Durban South Africa, and used to influence leaders, key policy makers and HIV programmers to re-invigorate their commitment to the HIV prevention response and to enhance understandings on the connection between HIV and human rights and development priorities in the new global health agenda. 

Authors interested in contributing to this special issue should email a provisional title and a 250 word abstract to the guest editors at ajar.editor@nisc.co.za by 7 December 2015. Read more about the call for papers here, including further information with regard to submission, deadlines and key dates.

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