Call for Abstracts


Best Practices and Innovations in Reaching and Linking Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Meeting 





PEPFAR and NDOH collaborated in 2015 and 2016 to host three dissemination workshops to share best practices and innovations to reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals.  These workshops included presentations from implementers, academic partners, and the South Africa and US governments.  To build on the success of these three 90-90-90 meetings, we are planning further dissemination meetings to focus on additional thematic areas.  The next meeting is entitled: Best Practices and Innovations in Reaching and Linking Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) tentatively scheduled for 26-27 October 2016 in Pretoria (Location TBD). This meeting will provide a forum to showcase strategies that help achieve targeted screening and testing, effective prevention activities, improved treatment initiation, adherence and retention, and further linkage to care for AGYW. 

This AGYW Best Practices Meeting will be a one and a half day themed agenda of programmatic presentations for a wide audience of government, implementers and other stakeholders.   These presentations will primarily be abstract-driven. At the conclusion of the main meeting, we will convene a half-day meeting for a smaller group of invited key partners and government counterparts to discuss the best practices and common themes, and to propose actions and recommendations based on scalable best practices and innovations.

This meeting will be by invitation only for both presenters and attendees. Abstract submissions should follow the enclosed guidelines and should be sent to Akeen Hamilton,, by 09 September 2016 for review and consideration. Please await final notification of presentation acceptance and invitation to the meeting, forthcoming in September, as space will be limited.

We look forward to your submissions and welcome your input!

Proposed Themes for Abstracts

The below themes and sub-themes are listed below to help guide authors when drafting abstracts. While the themes of the list are exhaustive, the sub-themes listed here are suggestions for your abstracts. Please feel free to submit abstracts based on additional sub-themes that fall within the realm of the corresponding theme.

Abstract Themes Example Sub-themes
Theme 1: AGYW Risk and Vulnerability
  •  Current data
  •  Risk factors (e.g. Identification of risk factors, contributing factors to vulnerability)
  •  Identifying, reaching and engaging at-risk AGYW
  •  Introduction to the national AGYW Campaign
  •   Introduction to DREAMS Goals and Strategies
  •   Lived Experiences of AGYW (e.g. Qualitative Research)

Theme 2: Evidence-based Interventions Targeting AGYW


  •  Targeted condom promotion
  •  Targeted HIV testing services
  •  PrEP
  •  Gender Based Violence prevention and post-violence care
  •  Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health services
  •  Social asset building
  •  Differentiated care and treatment services (e.g.,  youth adherence clubs and alternative modes of service delivery)
Theme 3: Evidence- based Interventions Targeting Families
  •  Parenting/caregiver programs
  •  Material support (e.g. cash transfers/educational subsidies)
  •  Combination socioeconomic approaches

Theme 4: Evidence- based Interventions Targeting Communities


  •  School-based HIV, pregnancy and violence prevention
  •  Community mobilization and norms changes
  •  Strategies for engaging community structures; including traditional leaders, school governing bodies etc.
Theme 5: Evidence- based Interventions Targeting Male Sex Partners and Other Influential Males
  •  Identifying, reaching and engaging male sex partners
  •  Targeted condom promotion
  •  HIV testing services strategies effective for men
  •  Linkages to VMMC and use of technology and social media to create demand for VMMC and follow up and linkages to care
  •  Other Linkages to Care and Treatment
  •  Norms and Engagement addressing Gender Based Violence with men
Theme 6: Public Private Partnership (PPPs) AGYW Interventions
  •  Innovative solutions through PPPs
  •  Scalable interventions
  •  Sustainable partner models
Theme 7: Monitoring Performance and Evaluating Impact
  •  Best Practices on tracking referrals and linkages
  •  DREAMS Implementation Science and Impact Evaluations


Guidelines for Abstract Submission
  • Limit your submission to a maximum of 1 page – double space, 12 point font, 1” margins. This includes the title, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions, and references.
  • Organizations should limit their submissions to 2 abstracts unless otherwise discussed with the Abstract Review Committee.
  • Send abstracts and questions to Akeen Hamilton,, by 09 September 2016.


Include the following elements in your submission:


I. Thematic focus

Identify the theme from the above table in which the abstract corresponds.

II. Problem statement

State the issue(s) addressed in a concise manner. Include the location, population, and other relevant parameters.

III. Methods

Describe the specific procedure or process used to approach the issue.

IV. Results

Describe the outcome and or consequence of the applied methods in a systematic manner.

V. Scalability

Describe how the process and results could be applied more broadly (e.g. larger scale, alternative population, etc.) and into practice in the real world.

VI. Costing implications

Describe the operational and other costs implications to acquire, produce, accomplish or sustain the approach you used. Please use ZAR at South African Government scale.

VII. Lessons learnt

Discuss the knowledge or understanding gained by the activity and experience. Include positive and /or negative lessons as appropriate.


 Abstract Publication


Accepted abstracts will be included in the meeting and communication materials. This includes a dedicated webpage on the United States Embassy PEPFAR website and the use of materials on other United States government websites.

By submitting an abstract, authors and co-authors grant permission to the meeting organizers to publish the abstract(s) upon consent of the first author. Abstracts will not be published or made public prior to the start of the meeting.