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Microbicides 2008

Lori Heise receives Inaugural Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy

Microbicides 2008 has concluded with awards being made to Lori Heise, Director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides and Srikrishnan Aylur, Research Manager at the Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai, India.

Heise was honored for her international leadership and commitment to the involvement of communities in microbicide research as partners, and her visionary leadership as a founder of the Global Campaign for Microbicides. The selection committee praised Heise’s practice in cultivating leadership and inspiring advocates worldwide. It is with this mandate, that she has led the Campaign to use its resources to build capacity, support leadership, and implement joint projects with other NGOs, many of them now vital leaders. The committee highlighted one referee’s words in saying, “the field of microbicide advocacy is the lengthened shadow of one woman, Lori Heise”.

Official announcement of the award

Closing Ceremony Speech by Peter Piot, Director, UNAIDS
Report from UNAIDS on the Closing Ceremony

Overview of GCM activities at M2008

GCM made four oral presentations at the conference:

“Impact of donor-imposed requirements and restrictions on standard of care in microbicide trials” PowerPoint Presentation

“The missing chapter of the microbicide development strategy: Addressing the priority gaps and barriers to full civil society engagement” PowerPoint Presentation

“Managing expectations and unexpected results: The role of the microbicides media and communications initiative (MMCI)” PowerPoint Presentation, coming soon

"Not just participants: recognizing the critical need for sex workers' voices in microbicide research & development" PowerPoint Presentation


1. Choices for Women: Advocating for Multiple Female-initiated Prevention Methods (co-author)

2. Lessons Learned from Engaging African Diaspora Communities in Microbicide Advocacy (co-authored with the UK African Working Group on Microbicides)

3. Microbicide Access to HIV Care and Treatment in Microbicide Effectiveness Trials (author)

4. Assessing the Policy and Funding Environment for Microbicides Development and Introduction (author)

5. Microbicide Advocacy Aimed at Decision Makers in Brussels (co-authored with the German Foundation for World Population/DSW)

6. Carrying the Load: Counseling in HIV Prevention Trials (author)



Other inputs:

Preliminary findings and consensus recommendations from our Standard of Care Mapping Exercise at the “Establishing the Standard of Care in HIV Prevention Trials” panel discussion
PowerPoint Presentation
Read the Draft Summary

Symposium on “HIV+ Women and Community” Key Note Address

Co-chaired session on “Defining the ‘community’ and the importance of partnerships for HIV research"

Moderation for a cross-track session entitled “When clinical trials end: challenges, experiences and lessons learned”.

A daily blog thanks to volunteers from the UK Campaign for Microbicides and DfID's AIDS Portal. Scroll down to read the blog.


M2008 Pre-Conference Workshop

On Sunday, February 24th, over 185 advocates, researchers and representatives from local Delhi NGOs gathered to prepare for the week ahead with overview presentations of the state of microbicide research, the state of microbicide advocacy and a number of skillsbuilding and knowledge sessions.

Pre-Conference Agenda

Opening Session Presentations
The Pre-Conference was opened by Dazon Dixon Diallo of SisterLove who offered libation to ancestors and women who have lead us in the fight for new prevention options and with a ceremonial lighting of the lamp which she shared with Anandi Yuvraj, Arwa Meijer, Bindiya Patel, Manju Chatani and Dr. Sharon Hillier.

State of the Field: Microbicide Science and Trials (4MB)
Sharon Hillier, PhD (MTN)

Advocacy, Ethics & Access: How Civil Society is Shaping Microbicide Research(4MB)
Anna Forbes (GCM), Manju Chatani (AMAG)

Our Host Country: Condoms & Microbicides in India (831KB)
Paramita Kundu (GCM)

Microbicides Resources, Actors & Tools
Arwa Meijer (GCM), Bindiya Patel (GCM)
Download the one-page resource guide

Break-Out Sessions

Break-Out Session: ARV-based Microbicides & Resistance
ARV-based Microbicides and Resistance (5MB)
Jeanne Marrazo, MD, MPH (University of Washington), John Mellors, MD (University of Pittsburgh)

Break-Out Session: Microbicides Basics
Microbicides: Science, Research and Overview of the Field (963KB) Dr. Kamini Walia (ICMR), Bindiya Patel (GCM)

Break-Out Session: Starting to do Advocacy
What is Advocacy? (67KB)
Bridget Haire (AFAO)

Download the HIV Advocacy from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Strengthening Local Resources (2.38MB)
Courtesy of the Asian Pacific Coalition of AIDS Service Organisations, APCASO)

Break-Out Session: When Trials End: The Role of Advocacy
When Trials End (1.76MB)
What Makes a Trial Successful (590KB)
Anna Forbes (GCM), Morenike Ukpong (NHVMAG)

Closing Session
The closing session of the pre-conference event was led by Bindiya Patel of the Global Campaign. Advocates were offered the chance to dialogue with one another and begin important conversations that would continue throughout the week. Participants were offered an Advocacy Networking Guide to help them learn of each other's work and 11 Conference Roadmaps focused on specific content areas to help them navigate their way through the M2008 Conference based on their interest.

To conclude the day, Manju Chatani of the African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG) announced for the first time the winners of the Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy, Lori Heise of the Global Campaign for Microbicides and Aylur Kailasam Srikrishnan of YRG Care. The awards will be formally presented at the official closing ceremony of the M2008 Conference. Read the press release here.

Did you attend the M2008 Pre-Conference Workshop? Help us plan for Microbicides 2010 by taking the online M2008 Pre-Conference Workshop Evaluation Survey!

The Pre-Conference Workshop was hosted by the African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG), the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), the Indian Network of NGOs (INN), the National Coalition for Health Initiatives (NCHI) and the Positive Women's Network (PWN+).


Brought to you by the UK Campaign for Microbicides

Eunice Sinyemu: 23rd February, 2008

Georgina Caswell, 24th February, 2008

Joe Murray, 25th February 2008

Sarah Pulle, 26th February 2008

Toju Cline-Cole, 26th February 2008

Annabel Mowat, 27th February 2008

Eunice Sinyemu, 27th February, 2008

Pictured clockwise from top left: Joe Murray, Georgina Caswell, Annabel Mowat, Sarah Pulle, Eunice Sinyemu, Toju Cline-Cole.