Every summer, the world’s leading HIV/AIDS research and service organizations, scientists, scholars and community stakeholders convene for a week long conference. The International AIDS Conference presents a powerful forum for those in the scientific community to come together with human rights and advocacy organizations and exchange knowledge as well as best practices on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
This year’s conference was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands with a focus on breaking barriers and building bridges. With just a little under two years to reach UNAIDS ’90-90-90′ goal–which hopes to have 90% of people living with HIV are aware of their status, 90% of those who are positive on antiretroviral treatment, and 90% of those receiving ARTs maintaining viral suppression–it’s a vital time for the HIV/AIDS community to come together and reach this ambitious goal. Reaching 90-90-90 is an important first step in ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2020.
With Dignitas’ innovative medical programs, research and our commitment to knowledge translation, we are ecstatic with this year’s theme. We proudly watched Dr. Victor Singano, our HIV Clinic Medical Manager, receive one of four coveted Mark Wainberg Fellowships. This exciting opportunity will allow Dr. Singano to scale up his expert training in HIV service delivery for one year at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Message and another year at the University of KwaZulu Natal Teaching Hospital in Durban, South Africa. At the end of this transformative experience, Dr. Singano will have greater capacity in clinical research, long-term partnerships, and a greater understanding of how to help people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS at Dignitas.
You can learn more about the Mark Wainberg Fellowship and the work Dr. Singano will be engaging in here. Congratulations Dr. Singano!