Call for Abstracts!

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National HIV and AIDS Conference

“From AIDS Crisis to Opportunities: What the world can learn from Swaziland”

12 -14 July, 2016

The Swaziland National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) and Ministry of Health, in partnership with The Swaziland AIDS Research Network and the Balsillie School of International Affairs is pleased to issue a call for abstracts for an upcoming conference with the theme “From AIDS Crisis to Opportunities: What the world can learn from Swaziland” from 12th – 14th July 2016.

 

This meeting will be held in Swaziland and is designed to capitalize on the adjacency of the 2016 International AIDS conference in Durban from 18 – 22 July 2016. The objective is to build networking and dissemination opportunities for Government, community, and leading Swazi and international researchers.

 

Abstracts can be submitted on aspects of HIV prevention, treatment or impact mitigation as these relate to Swaziland, and on the following sub-themes:

  • Funding and Economics which include the HIV funding landscape, economics of HIV, HIV response efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Social Sciences which will comprise of behavioral and cultural influences, law, policy, impact mitigation, human rights and gender issues, stigma and discrimination
  • Treatment, care and support which include research around the  treatment cascade (e.g. compliance), innovative drugs and complementary and alternative therapies (including Traditional Health Practitioners)
  • Systems and synergies which will focus on HIV and AIDS mainstreaming, health systems, community systems and other sectors including decentralization of the response, role of civil society and academic institutions.
  • Leadership and Policy that will entail discussions on political leadership, traditional leadership, laws, policies, partnerships and collaboration.

 

We strongly encourage submissions from those who have submitted abstracts to the International AIDS Conference, 2016 and also from people living with HIV, women, sexual minorities, key populations, youth, students, people with disabilities, and community activists and organizers.

 

Final abstracts will be selected by the conference organizers using a blinded process. Following the conference, outstanding abstracts’ authors will be invited to submit completed manuscripts for a dedicated issue of the African Journal of AIDS Research. In addition, a few of the outstanding abstracts will be selected for sponsorship to participate at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, 18 – 24 July, 2016.

 

Submission deadline is March 11, 2016. Abstracts should be submitted to tengetile.dlamini@nercha.org.sz

 

All abstracts must be in English, no more than 350 words, and may relate to research or practice. Please structure your abstracts using the headings below:

 

Research:

Sub-theme – Title of the abstract and sub-theme abstract is submitted for consideration

Objective – Description of the problem, objective of the study, and research question with study hypothesis, if applicable.

Methods – Methods for exploring research question or statistically testing the hypothesis and description of sampling framework.

Results – Summary of findings.

Conclusion – Brief description of study implications and relevance

 

Practice:

Sub-theme – Title of the abstract and sub-theme abstract is submitted for consideration

Project – Description of the project

Issue – Need or problem addressed by the project

Results – Summary of implementation process, including barriers and facilitators.

Lessons Learned – Implications of project and suggested way forward.

 

For queries and further details please contact tengetile.dlamini@nercha.org.sz