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Alliance activities at AIDS 2012


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The Alliance will ensure that community action on AIDS is visibly and meaningfully represented at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, USA on 22-27 July 2012.

AIDS 2012 is the premier conference for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.

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See the schedule of Alliance activities below. 


This has been the Alliance’s mantra throughout the last year, and will be at AIDS 2012.

‘Turning the tide together’ is the theme of the conference and the Alliance is leading on a number of events which will showcase the importance of community action on AIDS. Specifically the Alliance will focus on four key themes:

  • Addressing the human rights of key populations
  • How civil society can prove it is value for money
  • Community mobilisation as a ‘critical enabler’ for better investment in HIV programming
  • Building the capacity of civil society organisations through effective technical support.

The Alliance will also ensure that the views of communities most at risk of HIV are well representated in any discussions around the opportunities that new prevention technologies bring.


Throughout the conference, we will be facilitating opportunities for Linking Organisations and regional partners (around 50 registered at present) to showcase their work, enlarge their partnerships and to network. A team of key correspondents will be reporting on the conference. Read this article on the IAS conference blog.

We will also have a booth in the exhibition hall - number 102.


Sunday 22 July

  • Alliance Global Partnership meeting (private event for Linking Organisations and regional partners only)
  • Satellite session: Reaching Key Populations through SRH/HIV Integration: Opportunities for Impact
    India HIV/AIDS Alliance (download flyer)

Monday 23 July

  • Special session: How Do We Get There?  Country Planning for Maximum Impact. Speakers include Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director of Alliance Ukraine (13:00-14:00, Session Room 1)
  • Skills building session: Leading the way in Asia - mapping, mobilizing and building capacity of Young Key Affected Populations (14:30-17:30).  Co-facilitated by Greg Gray, Manager, Regional Technical Support Hub (South East Asia and Pacific)
  • Satellite (organised by Stop AIDS Now!, with the Alliance, ATHENA network, RutgersWPF and UNAIDS): The future of the HIV response has everything to gain from realizing comprehensive SRHR for everyone (why ICPD matters for HIV).  Speakers include Alliance partner Daxa Patel, Board Secretary, Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, India
  • Alliance Drinks Reception (strictly by invitation only)
    By kind permission of the UK Ambassador to the U.S. the event will highlight issues around human rights of key populations and public health approaches. Read more here.

Tuesday 24 July

  • Symposium: (Leadership and Accountability programme) Strategic Use of Resources: Doing the Right Things with the Right Money Mix (11:00-12:30) Chair: Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance

Wednesday 25 July

  • Satellite session (co-organised by Alliance with UNAIDS and ICSS): Community mobilisation: a ‘critical enabler’ for better investment in HIV programming (07:00-08:30). Read more here.
  • Satellite session: mHealth 101, an introduction to mHealth for HIV and AIDS programs (07:00-08:30).  Speakers include Allan Ragi, Executive Director of KANCO (Kenya).
  • Panel discussion Global Village Harm Reduction Zone: Criminalise Hate Not HIV: Why the HIV/AIDS community should support the decriminalisation of drug use (11:00-12:00).  Organised by INPUD, HRI, IPPF, IFRC and the Alliance. Chair: Prasada Rao, Alliance Trustee and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV in Asia and the Pacific
  • Panel discussion Global Village Positive Action Networking Zone: Building a plan whilst flying it: capacity building CBO's for greater impact and sustainability (13:00-14:00).  Speakers include Greg Gray, Manager, Regional Technical Support Hub (South East Asia and Pacific)
  • Satellite session: Getting HIV and AIDS Down to Zero in the Arab States (Talk Show moderated by Shereen El Feki, UK, Global Commission on Law and HIV), (14:30-16:00).  Speakers include Dr Rabih Maher, HELEM, Lebanon and ATL/MST SIDA, Tunisia, Alliance partners in the Middle East.
  • Symposium: Getting to Zero: Community Style, Speaker: Christine Stegling, Alliance Senior Adviser Human Rights (14:30-16:00)
  • Satellite: In One Place: Delivering Reproductive Health and HIV Service Together (18:30-20:30, Room 5).  Organised by Population Action International.  Speakers include Alvaro Bermejo, Alliance Executive Director

Thursday 26 July

  • Satellite session (co-organised by Alliance and the World Bank): How can civil society measure value for money and prove their worth? (07:00-08:00). Read more here.
  • Panel discussion, Global Village Positive Action Networking Zone: Life with dignity: building community responses to stigma in Latin America, speakers include Colectivo Sol (Mexico), Atlacatl (El Salvador), REDLACTRANS and REDTRASEX (11:00-12:00)
  • Regional Session on Asia and the Pacific – On the Edge of the Cliff: Debating the Challenges of the response, panellists include Charanjit Sharma,Alliance Community Action on Harm Reduction India Manager representing the issues of people who use drugs 14:40-16:00
  • Satellite session: Advancing the integration of HIV and SRH: an interactive dialogue (organised by IPM and Women Deliver), (18:00-20:30). Speakers include Dr Carmen Barroso (Alliance trustee)

Friday 27 July

  • Symposium: Getting to Zero Excuses: Understanding and Addressing HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination, Speakers include Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, SCDI Director on Vietnam Community Responses to HIV Stigma (11:00-12:30).


18-19 July, Living 2012 (Pre Conference of people living with HIV organised by GNP+)

  • Alliance is part of the LIVING partnership; a consortium which is supporting the pre-conference
  • Christine Stegling is part of the organising committee

19-20 July, Children and HIV: Closing the Gap - Ending Vertical Transmission through Community Action (organised by CCABA)

  • ‘We are family’ Skills Building Session facilitated by Kate Iorpenda, Alliance Senior Adviser on Children and Impact Mitigation

21 July, MSM Global Forum Pre-Conference (read more here)

  • Alliance is a co-sponsor and James Robertson, Country Director of India HIV/AIDS Alliance is on the organising committee
  • Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance will participate in a plenary session on the Global Fund.