AVAC Partners’ Meeting became the impetus to formalize the structure. WACI Health was mandated as secretariat. A steering committee selected from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.
Further discussions about the African led HIV prevention research network were cemented during the first Biomedical HIV prevention Forum (BHPF) – ICASA Abuja Nigeria.
WACI health, Civil Society Platform on Health (CiSPHA) and the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) convened a meeting on HIV prevention research where the idea of an African led HIV prevention research network was born.
Name Africa Free of New HIV Infections (AfNHi) adopted by the steering committee. AfNHi official launch – 3rd December at the Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum (BHPF) held as a pre-conference of the ICASA conference, Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire