A new coalition between advocates

Bangkok saw the launch of a new global initiative to strengthen joint advocacy on HIV/AIDS microbicides, treatment and vaccines. The “MTV” initiative grew out of a series of meetings convened by the C a n a d i a n HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CHLN) to identify opportunities for collaboration between these fields, which have often pursued separate advocacy and community organizing strategies. A coalition of groups, including IAVI, the Global Campaign for Microbicides and the CHLN launched a statement of commitment for building a comprehensive response. A companion “Plan of Action” was designed as a framework for the future.