The BHIVA International Partnerships Working Group (IPWG) is a sub group of the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee.
Its role is to develop international links for BHIVA and respond to requests for BHIVA members to speak at international meetings. Speakers are allocated according to areas of expertise, speaking experience and in order to represent the BHIVA membership nationally. Speakers can be from all disciplines working in the HIV field and can also include doctors in training who wish to gain international speaking experience.
Dr Tristan Barber
Dr Karen Rogstad
Dr Sanjay Bhagani
Dr Fiona Burns
Prof Sarah Fidler
Dr Douglas Fink
Dr Alastair Hudson
Prof Saye Khoo
Dr Ranjababu Kulasegaram
Prof Mark Nelson
Prof Caroline Sabin
Dr Katrina Stegmann
Dr Clare van Halsema
Prof Alan Winston
Terms of reference for this working group are included in the Terms of Reference of the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee, available at: https://www.bhiva.org/file/HNguyOaEJFVMA/TermsOfReference.pdf
"HIV: tackling morbidity and mortality"
Educational meeting held in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, as collaboration between BHIVA, National AIDS Control Programme of Pakistan and Pak Emirates Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, 15-16 November 2019
The BHIVA International Partnerships Working Group has collaborated with the National AIDS Control Programme of Pakistan and the Pak Emirates Military Hospital, establishing a 2-day educational meeting on HIV, held in Rawalpindi. Three BHIVA speakers: Dr Fiona Burns, Dr Tristan Barber and Dr Clare van Halsema, attended and spoke at the meeting. High-level speakers included the UNAIDS programme lead for Pakistan and Afghanistan Dr Filio-Borromeo; head of NACP Dr Quaid Saeed; Lead for NACP in Sindh province, Dr Saqib Sheikh.
Pakistan is a middle-income country, with population around 200 million. HIV prevalence is low, with an estimated 150,000 people living with HIV, of whom only 15-20% diagnosed and 8% are on antiretroviral therapy. Incidence is increasing, with epidemiology consistent with an Asian epidemic, with highest incidence and prevalence in key risk groups. Well publicised healthcare associated outbreaks of HIV have involved many children.
Through existing links with Pak Emirates Military Hospital (three consultants in general internal medicine have spent 6 months each training in infectious diseases at North Manchester General Hospital), an educational meeting was established for military and clinicians, public health professionals, trainees and undergraduates.
With speakers from collaborating institutions, plus non-government organisations and tertiary hospitals, topics covered included epidemiology, key populations, WHO guidelines, TB/HIV coinfection, routine and targeted testing and prevention.
BHIVA is in ongoing contact with PEMH and NACP, aiming to collaborate further on activities to benefit people living with HIV and people at risk of HIV in Pakistan.
In 2018-2019 we provided speakers to the Kenyan HIV conference and to a TB course in Myanmar, as well as to HIV Congress, Mumbai, India.
BHIVA/Gilead International Exchanges
In 2018 we established the BHIVA/Gilead International Scholarship Programme. These awards, generously supported by Gilead, provided funding a for a successful UK applicant to develop an educational exchange programme with a partner from a low/middle income country setting.
Awardees in 2018 were:
Dr Alastair Duncan, Kings/South Africa - Supporting healthy ageing in HIV
Dr Ewan Hunter, Newcastle-Kilimanjaro HIV Partnership
Dr Diarmuid Nugent, Enhancing care pathways for HIV prevention and sexual health care in men who have sex with men in Georgia
Dr Padmasayee Papineni, Vellore-London Exchange
A further round of awards is planned for 2019 which will include the option of linking with vulnerable and low income communities within high prevalence country settings. This application round is scheduled to open at the end of September 2019 with a closing date at the end of November 2019. Further details will be available here.
HIV Medicine Association of India (HIV MAI)
Kenyan HIV Association
This offers those in low- and middle-income countries an affordable way to access the benefits of BHIVA membership, including online access to the BHIVA journal HIV Medicine and the BHIVA e-learning modules.