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Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize



The vulnerability of women and girls to HIV infection and accelerated disease progression is well-documented. As HIV incidence continues to increase among women and girls, particularly in resource-limited settings, research on gender-related issues, including community-based interventions and investigations, will provide critical evidence and information on which to base our response.

The Young Investigator Prize: Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS began in 2008 to support young woman investigator from a resource-limited setting whose abstract most demonstrates excellence in research and/or practice that address women, girls and gender issues related to HIV/AIDS. The prize was originally offered at International AIDS Conferences by the International AIDS Society (IAS) and UNAIDS and supported by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In 2009, with the support of the IAS Industry Liaison Forum and UNAIDS, the partners decided to offer the prize annually, at both IAS and AIDS Conferences.

For AIDS 2010, partners have agreed to change eligibility to allow any researcher (male or female, regardless of age) to receive the award as long as the other criteria are met. Since age is no longer part of the criteria, the prize name has been modified (as in the title).

The purpose of the Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize is to encourage research in low- or middle-income countries that can benefit women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS. The US$2000 is offered by the IAS, the IAS’s Industry Liaison Forum (ILF) and UNAIDS, and supported by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW).

To be eligible for the prize, abstracts submitted for the IAS or AIDS conferences must meet the following criteria:
  • The abstract must have been accepted as an oral presentation, poster discussion or poster exhibition by the Scientific Programme Committee
  • The presenting author is a national from a low- or middle-income country
  • The investigation has taken place in a low- or middle-income country
  • The abstract demonstrates excellence in research and/or practice that addresses women, girls and gender issues related to HIV and AIDS
YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILL-IN A SPECIFIC APPLICATION. In order to identify relevant conference abstracts for the prize, a tick box is available in the conference abstract text page with the question: Is the abstract specifically related to women and girls? Only abstracts that have answered this question by ticking the box will be considered for the prize.



Previous Prize Winners

2011 Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize

Milly Kaggwa Nanyombi, Uganda, for her abstract, “Preventing HIV Infection among adolescents by addressing Cross Generational Sex (CGS) in Secondary Schools in Uganda”.

2010 Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize

Naina Rani Mangalore, India, for her abstract, “Mainstreaming the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) Program with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM): Experiences from Southern India”.

2009 Young Investigator Prize: Women, Girls and HIV

Linnet N. Masese, Kenya, for her abstract, “A prospective cohort study of the effect of antiretroviral therapy on sexual risk behaviour in a high-risk cohort of Kenyan women.”

2008 IAS/ICRW Young Investigator Prize: Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS

Paola E. Pérez Maldonado, Mexico, for her abstract, “The Condomovila: taking HIV information and prevention to the most vulnerable Mexican women”.

2006 IAS/ICRW Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS Research Prize

Penelope Campbell from Jamaica, for her abstract, “Baseline study informs establishment of a mobile unit providing HIV/AIDS/STI information, skills and services to vulnerable adolescents”.

 


Testimonials

For me this prize serves to highlight challenges faced by women and girls in this epidemic and I am encouraged that we can make a difference irrespective of where you are coming from.

M. K. Nanyombi,
2011 Prize Winner


It was the best thing that happened to the programme and me and I sincerely thank the International AIDS Society for not only acknowledging the work done but to have boosted the morale of the PPTCT Programme in Karnataka.

N. R. Mangalore,
2010 Prize Winner

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