STRIVE launch at International AIDS Conference

24 July 2012
Alexandra Hyde

‘Luxury or necessity? Structural factors in a biomedical era’

An international panel from the AIDS community will discuss this provocative question at a reception to launch the STRIVE consortium in Washington, DC on Tuesday 24 July 2012.

STRIVE member ICRW will host the STRIVE launch, early on in the proceedings of the International AIDS Conference (22 to 27 July). International thought leaders, together with the wider audience, will address key questions:

  • What stops people from using prevention methods that work?
  • What is the evidence that structural factors matter?
  • Can we afford to address these upstream factors as HIV budgets shrink?
  • Can we afford not to?

"Condoms and PMTCT are perfect examples of highly efficacious interventions whose impact is routinely undermined due to stigma, gender power imbalances and other structural drivers."

Chairing the panel will be Professor Helen Rees OBE, Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), South Africa. The panel includes:

  • Dr Fareed Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer, South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)
  • Professor Shalini Bharat, Chairperson of the Centre for Health and Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
  • Dr Nono Simelela, Adviser to the Deputy President on HIV and AIDS, South Africa
  • Dr. Marijke Wijnroks, AIDS and SRHR for the Netherlands government

Join us for the reception and panel discussion on Tuesday 24 July from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW.


Download the invitation.

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For an overview of the arguments and evidence on structural drivers, read an editorial by STRIVE researchers and others.