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‘Health Research in the Americas V’ focuses on HIV prevention

11 May 2009

The Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami

The Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami and the Fogarty International Training Programme on AIDS and TB organized in collaboration with UNAIDS the ‘Health Research in the Americas V’ Conference on 7 and 8 May 2009, in Miami, Florida.

The aim of the conference was to highlight current evidence on HIV prevention, discuss the sustainability of comprehensive HIV prevention efforts as well as to debate how HIV prevention is situated within the broader discussion of ‘health in the Americas’ and other international development strategies.

Sir George Alleyne, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, was invited as a keynote speaker on the second day of the conference.

Numerous local and national achievements in curbing the epidemic have created a body of evidence about what works, but these successful approaches have not yet been fully applied.

At the conference, scientists, HIV prevention practitioners and policy makers explored scientific and programme experiences for prioritizing comprehensive, evidence-informed HIV prevention approaches and discussed effective solutions that could bridge the interface between HIV and other health and development issues.

The conference was open to behavioral scientists and researchers who work in the area of HIV prevention in the Americas, with a special focus on Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

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