Upcoming International AIDS Conference 2016
LVCT Health will be attending this year’s International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa from the 18-22 July 2016, this is the largest conference on any global health or development issues in the world. First convened during the peak of the epidemic in 1985, it continues of to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Leaving behind lasting legacies in each host country.

Just as the 2000 International AIDS Conference in Durban served as a catalyst for global treatment advocacy and access, the return of the conference to Durban this year will be a defining moment to establish a clear path toward guaranteeing that no one is left behind in the AIDS response.

The theme for this year’s conference Access Equity Right Now
Access Equity Rights Now  is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.
Access Equity Rights Now  is a call to action to strengthen the commitment to HIV research evidence-based interventions.
Access Equity Rights Now  is a call to action to all HIV stakeholders to unite and overcome injustices caused by violence and the exclusion of people on the basis of gender, class, race, nationality, age, geographic location, sexual orientation and HIV status.
Access Equity Rights Now  is a call to action to repeal laws that infringe on people’s human rights and deny communities the ability to participate in the world as equals.
Access Equity Rights Now  reminds us that all our gains will be lost if we do not continue to push forward and build a strong global movement to change the course of the epidemic.

AIDS 2016 aims to reinvigorate the response to HIV and AIDS by:

1.    Bringing together the world’s experts to advance knowledge about HIV, present new research findings, and promote and enhance scientific and community collaborations around the world;
2.    Promoting HIV responses that are supported by and tailored to the needs of at risk populations or people living with HIV, including women and girls, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, young people, and people who use drugs;
3.    Promoting activism and community mobilization that holds leaders, industry, and governments accountable and increases their commitment to an evidence-based, human-rights-affirming HIV and AIDS response;
4.    Advancing a clear agenda for HIV in a post-2015 framework, including the cross-cutting issues of criminalization, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, rights, and stigma and discrimination that keep people living with HIV at the center of the HIV response; and
5.    Building innovative partnerships with businesses, community, government, and science to strengthen HIV prevention and treatment efforts.

We shall keep you posted on the activities and where our team shall be throughout the conference on our website and social media: Facebook LVCT Kenya and Twitter @LVCTKe

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