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FROM KAMPALA TO CAPE TOWN A Journey on the HIV Vaccine Networks Highway


This presentation offers an overview of HIV vaccine research in Africa. It describes major networks, their location and ongoing studies as of October 2014. It also introduces issues with various regulatory frameworks that can affect the conduct of clinical research.

African Migrant MSM

MSM Migrants Rich PictureThis picture was drawn as part of a project to explore the provision of HIV prevention services to African Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) migrants to the UK. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) estimates that 86,500 people are living with HIV in the UK in 2010. The disease disproportionately affects MSM who represents nearly half of those newly infected with a consistently higher proportion of black MSM. African migrants and MSM are an underserved group in terms of HIV prevention services.

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A funding struggle for an HIV prevention in women’s hands

Attendees at the 18th International AIDS conference held in Vienna in July 2010 felt a tremor of hope when Prof. Salim Abdool Karim received a standing ovation following the announcement that a vaginal gel containing the anti-HIV drug tenofovir could reduce the risk of HIV infection by 39%. The groundbreaking results came out of the CAPRISA clinical trial conducted amongst 900 women in rural Vulindela district (KwaZulu-Natal) and urban Durban, South Africa. Euphoria followed in the audience, online and later in the printed media. After 30 years of limited success, the field of HIV prevention could potentially add a new powerful tool to circumcision, condoms, and the prevention of mother to child transmission. Most remarkably, that tool is in women’s hands and the story could unfold with even more good news if it weren’t for a small setback: funding the next clinical studies. Read more »

The SYFA Website

SYFA (Save Your Future Association) was founded in 2001 by Farmer Tantoh Nforba and is located in Nkambe, North West Province of Cameroon.

SYFA works with local farmers, youths and children on environmental protection, organic agriculture and home gardening and currently coordinates the activities of 10 environmental groups at local schools, churches and the prison

The project was to create a new website for SYFA that would provide a better window into the work of Farmer Tantoh

Farmer Tantoh training the students

Farmer Tantoh training students from the agricultural school in Nkambe the importance of botanical gardens in rural communities

Since its inauguration, SYFA has helped to prove numerous compounds (houses) in the Binju neighbourhood of Nkambe, as well as designing many gardens at churches, schools and administrative buildings.

“Farmer” Tantoh is from Nkambe, Cameroon. He studied at the Regional College of Agriculture, in Bambili, Cameroon, where his field of study was Agriculture and Rural Development. He specialized in spring water catchments’ protection using sustainable agro-forestry practices.

Tantoh has worked with local youths and low-income farmers, introducing lawn creation and flower gardening and also organic farming techniques adaptable to the tropics thereby protecting the local environment.

Achievement: The SYFA website is up and running since mid-June 2007.

Nabuur Online Facilitator

Online Facilitators (2006-2007) for Nabuur which mission is to give communities in developing countries access to their global Neighbours via the Internet and through these Neighbours to the huge reservoir of resources (knowledge, solutions, energy, and creativity) that is available elsewhere.

This is the narrative I wrote when nominated for the 2006 UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award. I did not get the award but another volunteer from Nabuur was one of the 10 volunteers to receive the award.
In 2005 I decided to take a break from the hectic London life and to move to Thailand for a year. I arrived in Bangkok in February 2006 and after a couple of months holidaying around, I decided to devote some of my free time to voluntary work. Read more »