AIDS 2022: the agency hosts a symposium on community-based research

22 June 2022
Symposium ANRS recherche communautaire

The conference, organized every two years by the International AIDS Society, is the largest global event on HIV/AIDS. As it has done every year since its launch in 1989, the ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases participates in this major international event, which brings together thousands of participants, representing all stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS: scientists, policy makers, health professionals, civil society representatives, NGOs and activists.


The 2022 edition of the conference is held in Montreal, Canada, from July 29 to August 2, 2022, as well as virtually to allow access to as many people as possible.

The ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases is organizing a satellite symposium on Friday, July 29, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Montreal time) on community-based research. The agency has been significantly invested in this field since the 2000s, demonstrating the added value of research based on a partnership between scientists and communities. 

For example, community-based research has played a key role in convincing health authorities to promote PrEP as an effective HIV prevention method. The symposium aims to demonstrate, using concrete examples, that community-based research allows to conduct a more comprehensive research that takes into account associations and patients, and contributes decisively to changing policies and practices in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

A panel of international experts with diverse backgrounds - researchers and community representatives - discuss how community-based research has contributed to align the objectives of researchers and communities while enabling decision-makers to make important public health programmatic and policy decisions.

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The program of the symposium : 

“Community based participatory research: Good Science for Appropriate Response”
29 July 2022 – 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm (Montreal time) - Room 517c / Channel 5


• General introduction
Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Director of ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases (France) 

• Specific introduction
Bruno Spire, INSERM researcher (France) 

1st part: An overview of the multi-faceted benefits of community-based research 

• The benefits of community-based research from a scientific perspective
Perrine Roux, SESSTIM researcher (France) 

• The benefits of community-based research from a political and action-oriented perspective
Mehdi Karkouri, President of ALCS (Morocco) 

2nd part: From community based-research to action: shared mixed experiences by community researchers 

Moderators: Joseph Larmarange, chercheur IRD/CEPED (France) and Catherine Hankins, professor, McGill University (Canada)

Participants: Selom Agbomadji, community researcher, ONG ESPOIR-VIE (Togo), Tashuna Albritton, researcher, CUNY, (USA), Bintou Dembélé Keita, director, ARCAD Santé Plus (Mali), Jorge Flores-Aranda, professor researcher, UQAM (Canada), Oanh Khuat, association representative, SCDI (Vietnam).

• General discussion

Conclusion and perspectives 

• Specific conclusion
S. E. Stéphanie Seydoux, French Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (France)



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