Call for Applications: Scholarships for Africans to attend IRMA's Project ARM Meeting

Published: August 18, 2011

Dear all,

The International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) has issued a call for applications to attend their Project ARM working meeting, taking place on 2-3 December 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Some background information is included below. Full details and the application form are available at the link at bottom.

The deadline to apply is 15 September 2011.  Any questions can be directed to IRMA Secretary Marc-André LeBlanc.

Best regards,

The MSMGF Secretariat


John Shaw Memorial Scholarship
Call for applications


Project ARM—Africa for Rectal Microbicides—is a long-term, sustained project which aims to develop community capacity around rectal microbicide advocacy in order to ensure broad participation in research activities and well-informed community input into the development of an African rectal microbicide agenda. The end goal is enhanced rectal microbicide advocacy in Africa as well as the planning and implementation of rectal microbicide trials on the continent. Project ARM is coordinated by International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA). First year funding for Project ARM has been secured from the United States National Institutes of Health – Office of AIDS Research and the New Venture Fund. AVAC is also partnering with IRMA on this initiative.

Project ARM evolved from discussions initiated by IRMA through its listserv, and from input received from African advocates and partners at two informal meetings held in conjunction with the Microbicides 2010 (Pittsburgh) and AIDS 2010 (Vienna) conferences. A working group was formed following the Microbicides 2010 meeting, and has guided this process ever since. There are now 60 working group members including advocates and community members, researchers, funders and policy-makers from 10 African countries, as well as a few key international partners.

In order to develop an African rectal microbicide agenda that articulates research, advocacy and community mobilisation strategies, IRMA is hosting a working meeting on 2-3 December 2011 in Addis Ababa as part of Project ARM. This invite-only meeting is taking place prior to the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA, December 4–8), and is considered an official satellite session.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a working meeting—not a workshop, nor a conference. We are covering the travel costs of more than 30 of the 40 meeting participants—most of which are Africans—including speakers, organisers, invited guests, and key partners. This includes an additional 12 scholarships for Africans through this call for applications.

The objectives of the December working meeting are:

  • To promote a common understanding of how rectal microbicide (RM) research and advocacy is proceeding, the potential role that African RM research and advocacy could play, and the various African contexts within which RMs would be introduced.
  • To enhance the capacity of African community advocates to participate in RM agenda-setting, research and mobilisation efforts.
  • To stimulate strategies for African community mobilization around RMs; to put RMs on the research agenda in Africa; and, to develop an African RM research agenda that is part of a global RM research agenda.

We are unable to provide simultaneous interpretation at this meeting. A working knowledge of English is required to participate.


Nous ne sommes pas en mesure d’offrir la traduction simultanée pour cette rencontre. Pour participer à cette rencontre, il sera donc nécessaire de pouvoir fonctionner en anglais.


Please submit your completed scholarship application form to Marc-André LeBlanc, IRMA Secretary at by 15 September 2011.


The John Shaw Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by IRMA in 2007 to honour one of our founding Steering Committee members. Over the past 4 years, thanks to the generosity of donors, IRMA has been able to provide assistance to members wishing to attend key international rectal microbicide events.


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