Hivos and its partners will be out in force at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa from 18 to 22 July. The theme of the conference is “Access Equity Rights Now”. It will bring together more than 20,000 experts, policy-makers and activists from all over the world working in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and advocacy.
Hivos’ slogan for the conference is “Exclusion Kills”, which sums up our long-standing human-rights based approach to the fight against the HIV epidemic. We specifically promote policies grounded on human rights that are designed for and tailored to the needs of the Key Populations (KP) most affected by the epidemic. These include people living with HIV (particularly women and girls), men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, young people, and people who use drugs.
Hivos conducts, designs and implements all of our activities are with a high involvement of Key Populations in order to:
- Improve access to quality health care for those who need it the most, particularly SRHR and HIV services
- Inspire and empower communities and KP organisations working on HIV and AIDS
- Generate evidence for better advocacy all over the world
- Promote transparency and accountability amongst the public and private sectors engaged in the fight against the epidemic
- Support the creation of safe and enabling environments for KP that are free of: stigma, gender-based violence, discrimination and criminalisation
At the conference, we will be presenting our six projects (in 26 countries) funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (for details see the complete Hivos programme, also in the right sidebar). Our work ranges from direct procurement of antiretroviral drugs (ARV), to prevention campaigns, capacity building and civic monitoring activities. We hope to strengthen and expand our already existing network of partner organisations, with whom we want to join forces to create more inclusive and sustainable societies.
Hivos will be hosting the following events:
- Interrogating the norm, challenging barriers for Key Populations, July 20 / 11:00-12:00 / Durban ICC, Dutch Room (Break Room #10).Session led by our KP REACH partners: CAL, AMSHeR, ASWA, Gender Dynamix, M& C Saatchi, SAfAIDS and Positive Vibes.
- The Hivos Way: No ending Aids without Human Rights, July 21 / 10:30-12:00 / Durban ICC -Dutch Room (Break Room #10). With presentations by our regional projects in Southeast Asia (ISEAN) and Southern Africa (KP REACH), and our country project in Guatemala.
… and also participating in:
- Funding for National HIV Advocacy and Rights Programming—a Gap in the Response – FCAA and Johnson & Johnson Global Funder Networking Event: Celebrating the African Contribution, July 17, 2016 / 15:00-19:30 / Durban ICC, Breakout Room #1
- Demanding accountability: how citizens can help make rights real? Focus on implementation of policy from local to regional level, part of “The Governance and Politics of HIV AIDS” conference, July 19 / 14:45-15:30 / Diakonia Centre (Side event to the conference)
- “You just find things happening in a cloud over your head”: How communities can engage with Global Fund regional grants”, July 20 / 12:30-13:45 / Global Fund Networking Zone
- ESA Commitment: The Role of CSOs in the Promotion of Accountability, July 20 / 18:00-20:00 / Blue Waters Hotel (side event of the conference)
Please come see us at the Global Village in booths number 122 (the “Dutch Booth”) and 364 (the “KP REACH” booth). You can meet our staff and partners directly, get to know more about our on-going projects, and connect with us to explore how we can work together in future partnerships. We look forward to meeting you in Durban!!
Our Global Office HIV & Human Rights Programme Officer, Tomás Alberto Chang Pico, will be tweeting from the conference. Follow him @TomasChang .
Photo: HIV Guatemala team during the LGBTI Pride Day, © Gabriela Melgar