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Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR)

PAAIR aims to create a network for researchers at Stellenbosch University, within the Oliver Tambo District in rural Eastern Cape, and within partner universities and community agencies in the Cape Town area.

WHAT PAAIR
WHERE South Africa

Background

The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research is a research unit based at Stellenbosch University funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), awarded to Prof Mark Tomlinson of Stellenbosch University and Prof Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

What we are doing

The aim of the Partnership is to facilitate research within the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University and partner institutions of alcohol use, HIV and intervention research, focusing on developing capacity for research, and providing infrastructure to support research activities.

PAAIR aims to create a network for researchers at Stellenbosch University, within the Oliver Tambo District in rural Eastern Cape, and within partner universities and community agencies in the Cape Town area.  We provide emerging and established investigators and community partners with multidisciplinary scientific support, training and mentoring, through the implementation of a pilot research grant fund. Each year, the Partnership releases a call for proposals for pilot projects in priority research areas.

Five partners participate in the building of on-going scientific projects of the partnership as namely: Stellenbosch University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Emory University, and community agencies in the Oliver Tambo District in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town. The collaborating faculties come from interdisciplinary backgrounds, with training as social scientists, statisticians, experts in qualitative methods, anthropology, psychology, neuroscience and developmental, behavioural, and clinical science. PAAIR will mobilize scientists, advocates, community and health system providers and consumers to transform alcohol, HIV/AIDS, and intervention research expertise in the behavioural sciences at Stellenbosch University.

We aim to promote research in remote rural areas and peri-urban township communities; sites in which we have on-going partnerships by applying new technologies (mobile and rapid diagnostic tests) to the implementation of combination prevention interventions and the adaptation of evidence-based interventions (EBI). The infrastructure that PAAIR builds will facilitate the design of innovative approaches that aim to reduce the burden of HIV and HIV disparities in South Africa.

Upcoming event

Registration for AIDSImpact 2017 is now open.

AIDSImpact is an international behavioral and psychosocial science conference that addresses issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, focusing both globally and on specific communities and countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. AIDSImpact first convened in Amsterdam in 1991. Now, in 2017 the 13th AIDSImpact conference will be held in Cape Town.

Each AIDSImpact meeting attracts delegates new to the field as well as a core group of loyal psychosocial and behavioral researchers, prevention workers, community members and policy makers from universities and institutes across all five continents who use the biannual meeting to present their studies, interventions and prevention schemes. AIDSImpact has evolved as one of the leading platforms for understanding, updating and debating the behavioral, psychosocial and community facets of HIV in light of changing social conditions and medical advances. In fact, a review of past AIDSImpact scientific programs reveals the evolution of the psychosocial and behavioral response to the HIV epidemic over the past 25 years.

The 2017 Cape Town conference will promote pioneering work on understanding the dynamics of a changing epidemic. A key focus will be consideration of new choices for HIV – for prevention, treatment, care and strategic planning.

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