HIV and AIDS is one of the concurrent session themes of the 2013 Women Deliver conference taking place in Malaysia from 28-30 May.
The organisers state: “Progress in preventing death from AIDS has been astounding. We will look at the state of that progress, as well as the continuing problem of new transmissions; the challenges of integrating HIV and AIDS services and education with other reproductive health services; and the benefit of integration.”
The Alliance is committed to integration – over 85% of our Linking Organisations have some form of integrated sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV programming.
With this in mind, we – along with the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation – are co-organising the HIV/AIDS thematic panel at the conference. Felicia Wong, Senior Adviser, Asia and Eastern Europe (and co-curator of the HIV/AIDS track) said: “Looking forward to the post-2015 development context, it is critical that we promote the integration of HIV into the more ‘popular’ family planning and SRHR agenda. We must also argue for these services to target those most in need. We are delighted to be bringing these issues to the fore at Women Deliver.”
We have lined up six panel discussions to explore how we can strengthen partnerships among maternal and child health (MNCH), sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV actors. A particular focus will be on how to increase support to community based organisations in leading, delivering and advocating for more linked, comprehensive services.
Integrated programming and financing
We will also be organising a round-table discussion (hosted by His Excellency Paul Bekkers, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia) on “Linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV services: opportunities and barriers for integrated programming and financing” on Tuesday 29th May. The event will be co-chaired by Dr Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance, and Dr Nafis Sadik, former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
Scaling up HIV treatment for women
The Alliance and Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation are co-organising a Women Deliver side event on HIV Treatment Optimization and Women’s Rights and Empowerment: Making the Connection on Monday 27 May.
Speakers will include Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver and Oum Sopheap, Executive Director of KHANA (Alliance Linking Organisation in Cambodia).
Reaching the missing girls
Finally, Women Deliver will be an opportunity for us to raise awareness of and promote greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of young women living with and affected by HIV – particularly those who are hindered by factors such as community attitudes, early marriage, acceptance of gender-based violence and stigma and discrimination if they are living with HIV, are pregnant, sell sex or use drugs.
We will do this through Link Up – a consortium of international and national NGOs led by the Alliance which aims to empower 10-24 year-old young men and women to become confident, knowledgeable youth leaders to demand and access quality, user friendly integrated SRH and HIV services. You can read more about Link Up here.
A strong Alliance delegation will be in attendance at Women Deliver and the Malaysian AIDS Council will be hosting an booth in the main exhibition hall.
Alliance trustees will also play their part. Chair of the board, Stephen Sinding, is moderating a plenary session on Integration: is it the Holy Grail? and Nafis Sadik is participating in a plenary panel on Investing in girls. Carole Presern and Carmen Barroso are also participating in sessions at the conference.
- Read how the Alliance is empowering women living with and affected by HIV in Malaysia to demand quality, user friendly integrated SRH and HIV services
- Download a list of key Alliance SRHR and HIV resources.
- Download information on the panel sessions which form the HIV thematic track