Deadline for applications: 15 February 2011
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)’s World Community Advisory Board (WorldCAB) aims to ensure that HIV-positive individuals continue their policy dialogue and advocacy with pharmaceutical companies, multinational organizations, global philanthropic organizations and individuals, and national governments on access to affordable treatment and supporting services to ensure scale up and universal coverage. The WorldCAB also plans to identify and advocate for research relevant to developing and high burden countries.
The WorldCAB will be a standing working group of ITPC of 40 members with a 2-year term limit. Thirty members will be selected through the 11 ITPC regions with a balance towards gender and key affected populations; five members will be selected on particular professional expertise (such as UNITAID, TRIP++, management of clinical trials etc.); and five members will be appointed by global PLHIV community organisations and regional CABs.
The WorldCAB aims to:
Demand better access, coverage and quality of treatment for all PLHIV; Push for price reduction to second line treatments; Advocate for point-of-care diagnostics; serve as the point of reference for community feedback to companies manufacturing and/or developing drugs and/or preventive technologies for HIV; Build capacity of PLHIV communities and their advocates on the aims, expectations and appropriateness of research proposals; and Ensure that treatment and testing guidelines include human rights protection.
The WorldCAB intends to conduct two to three meetings in 2011 with 20-25 participants for the duration four working days including weekends. It will also continue its work throughout the year through a dedicated mailing list. It will appoint representatives to relevant meetings, advisory boards and guidelines’ committees. The group at its first meeting in its current form (5th counting from the initiation of the WorldCAB – see history at http://www.itpcglobal.org) will agree on priorities and adopt its terms of reference.
WorldCAB members are expected to have a track record of activism at local and regional or international level. They must have extensive knowledge and experience on HIV (and TB and Hepatitis where relevant), procurement and supply cycle of treatment, drug development and clinical research.
Requirements for membership include fluency in English and stable access to the internet for communication. Applicants will be selected by a five-member selections committee composed of two members of the ITPC Steering Group, one ITPC staff member and two external experts appointed by ICASO and GNP+. Members will be notified by February 28.
Only members who have been selected will be notified by the selection committee.
Please complete the application form on survey monkey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/itpc_wcab_application
For more information, please visit http://www.itpcglobal.org