Coalition to Accelerate and Support Prevention Research (CASPR)


The purpose of this project is to support the development and sustainability of an Africa-centred network dedicated to advancing advocacy, policy, regulatory, community engagement and communications efforts that help accelerate biomedical HIV prevention research. The project began on 1 October 2016 with Partners’ Inception Meeting, and the project is now on the fourth year. The project has hosted two GPP Leadership courses which have brought together over 30 emerging leaders in stakeholder engagement from Belgium, India, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, United States and Zambia. The project has also contributed to content development and the review of research literacy, educational and advocacy materials which is shared on Facebook page Research connect and the Stakeholder Engagement Community of Practice (CoP).

Primary Objectives

  1. Advocacy: Create an informed, influential advocacy movement around prevention research and implementation at all stakeholder levels, from civil society advocacy to political leaders.
  2. Research Translation: Match messages and materials to audiences—telling the story of prevention research as it evolves.
  3. Research Preparedness: Support swift, ethical conduct of biomedical prevention trials (*This is the primary focus of Wits RHI’s GPP work).
  4. Policy Engagement: Situate research as relevant and essential to global, regional and national discussions about strategies for ending the epidemic.

Study/Programme sites

Project has a primarily African regional scope, with activities focused on South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe as well as India.


  • Prof Sínead Delany‐Moretlwe, Wits RHI

Latest Update:

21 August 2020


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