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August 23, 2011

Dear Advocate,

AVAC, in collaboration with the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) is pleased to announce a call for scholarship applications to attend a strategy meeting of Project ARM (Africa for Rectal Microbicides).

Project ARM was formed in 2010 to convene and mobilize rectal microbicide advocates in Africa. The strategy meeting will take place 2-3 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Up to 30 Africa-based advocates will receive a full scholarship to attend the meeting. The scholarship covers all costs associated with attendance at the ARM meeting only. The meeting is an official satellite session of the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), 4-8 December.

Click here to download the application.

Completed scholarship applications should be submitted by 15 September to Marc-André LeBlanc, IRMA Secretary, at

To learn more about this issue, please join the webinar, “Does Africa Need a Rectal Microbicide?” on Tuesday, 27 September at 10am New York / 4pm Johannesburg / 5pm Nairobi and Addis. Leading South African researcher and CAPRISA principal investigator Salim Abdool Karim will join AVAC and IRMA to participate in this interactive webinar, which will also provide background on Project ARM.

Click here to register for the webinar.

More information on Project ARM
Project ARM is a newly launched, long-term project aiming to develop community capacity around rectal microbicide advocacy in Africa. The project was created to help ensure broad participation in research activities and well-informed community input into the development of an African rectal microbicide agenda. The first year of project funding is provided by the Office of AIDS Research of the United States National Institutes of Health and the New Venture Fund. This support goes directly to the ARM strategy meeting and its follow-up, where an agenda will be developed to achieve the end goal of enhanced rectal microbicide advocacy in Africa, as well as the planning and implementation of trials and the eventual rollout of rectal microbicides on the continent. Project ARM is coordinated by IRMA, in partnership with AVAC.

ARM Meeting
The objectives of the December strategy meeting are:

  • To promote a common understanding of how rectal microbicide research and advocacy is proceeding, the potential role that African research and advocacy could play, and the various African contexts within which rectal microbicides would be introduced
  • To enhance the capacity of African community advocates participating in agenda-setting, research and mobilization efforts
  • To stimulate strategies for African community mobilization around rectal microbicides; to put rectal microbicides on the research agenda in Africa; and, to develop an African rectal microbicide research agenda, with ongoing support from ARM, that is part of a global rectal microbicide research agenda

As always, we look forward to your engagement.


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