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Scholarships Support Wide Array of Delegates

Posted 12 juin 2013, 11:08 , by Conference Secretariat

Kuala Lumpur, a leader among Asian tiger economies, will bring close to 120 international and media scholarship recipients from five continents for the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013).

Committed to making the conference accessible to people from resource-limited settings and communities, researchers and students, the conference organizers selected these recipients from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants from 113 countries. They represent a broad array of scientific and medical disciplines, as well as community and media. The criteria used to determine scholarship recipients included country of work, personal profile (gender, age, etc.), occupation, type of organization and experience in the field. Also vital to the selection process were the applicants’ motivation and ability to transfer the skills and knowledge gained at IAS 2013 back to their work in their organizations and communities. Many of the scholarship recipients described the potential impact of attending IAS 2013 in their applications.

  • A community-based researcher from Cameroon working for an NGO says, “I wish to attend IAS 2013 to acquire cutting-edge knowledge on the latest biomedical HIV science and its applications for clinical practice and prevention worldwide; debate and dialogue among HIV professionals. It will provide me new insights into HIV vulnerability, disease progression and prevention interventions worldwide. It will be a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from other researcher’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV. The conference will help me understand what the current limitations are; provide opportunities to get feedback on actions taken to scale up research and prevention.”
  • An abstract presenter from Canada says, “As a new researcher in the field of HIV, I am keen to expand my knowledge and engage with the broader HIV research community. Attending IAS 2013 will provide a platform to meet others in the field, and to learn about the most recent advances in HIV research.”
  • A 23-year-old activist from Bulgaria says, “The vision, mission and objectives of that conference suit the knowledge and skills I have gained on my long-term experience in the field of HIV prevention and my personal attributes as well. I am really attracted by the following conference's objective: Increase the capacity of delegates to advocate for keeping the HIV issue on top of the global agenda. I believe that taking part in that conference will give me wider look over the current HIV prevention and treatment related practises. Also I will have the chance to meet and talk with so many professionals in the field, from who I will gain more knowledge and skills in the sphere of HIV prevention. My attendance will help to become a better trainer and to be more useful for the young people in my community. My broad experience in the sphere of public health will be an asset which will be contribution to the theme of the conference. I think it is crucial more young people to have the chance to participate at the conference in order to show that the young people do care about their sexual and reproductive health rights.”

A small number of media representatives also received scholarships to attend the conference and a pre-conference training, reflecting the need to expand the number of journalists with the background and knowledge to cover HIV and AIDS.

The regional breakdown of the scholarship budget roughly reflects HIV/AIDS prevalence in the regions: Africa – 30%; Asia and the Pacific Islands – 22%; Eastern Europe and Central Asia – 5%; Europe – 20%; Latin America and the Caribbean – 8%; North America – 14%. Nearly 10% of the scholarship budget was awarded to people living with HIV/AIDS.