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ABDGN AT AIDS 2014

 

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health based in Victoria, have been collaborating with ABDGN on a proposal to coordinate the Black Diaspora and Migrant Networking Zone for AIDS 2014. This partnership is an exciting opportunity to develop synergies with Black African diaspora and migrant populations in the Pacific region and on the ground in Melbourne.

AFAO, a member of the ABDGN Governing Council, coordinates the Australian African Reference Group who have developed an African communities guide to AIDS 2014. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Stay tuned for more details and information on Black Diaspora and Migrant events happening in Melbourne during the conference, as well as ABDGN’s official programme of activities for AIDS 2014!

 

StepWise for AIDS 2014

The International Coalition of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO), in partnership with the Interagency Coalition for AIDS and Development (ICAD), a member of the ABDGN Governing Council,  has launched  “StepWise: The Community Guide to AIDS 2014,” and @stepwiseguide. 

StepWise is an online hub for information related to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), to be held July 20-25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  StepWise is tailored for communities and individuals around the world who are interested in learning about and/or attending AIDS 2014.

 

ABDGN joins Global Consortium of MSM Networks

ABDGN was invited to join the Consortium of MSM Networks which is led by the Global Forum on Men who Have Sex with Men.  The Consortium of MSM Networks is a global, expanding network of advocates and other experts in health, human rights, research, and policy, working to ensure an effective response to HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

The Consortium was recently awarded a grant from the Robert Carr Network Fund for Civil Society Networks in December 2013. The suite of advocacy and capacity building activities proposed by the Consortium of MSM Networks is designed to address a range of interrelated health and human rights challenges facing MSM globally. MSM are more likely to be HIV-positive and less likely to have access to safe culturally-competent HIV services than the general population. These disparities can be especially acute among MSM who are young, transgender, ethnic minorities, and/or part of the Black Diaspora.

Stay tuned for project updates, resources and engagement opportunities throughout 2014!

 

Transforming the Dialogue-Post 2015 Development Agenda

ABDGN is contributing to the global discussion and advocating for the inclusion of health as a cross-cutting framework for migration and development.

 Our position paper "Transforming the Dialogue-Migration, Development & Health-Migrant and Diaspora Populations in the Post-2015 Agenda"  outlines how the 5 Transformative Shifts described in the 'Report of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda' can be utilized to foster new ideas on how we understand the relationships amongst migration, health and development, as well as how we collaborative create solutions that build on global synergies to protect the health and human rights of migrant and diaspora populations. CLICK HERE to read the policy synthesis!

 

Canadian Immigration and HIV testing

Using qualitative and ethnographic methodologies, Dr. Laura Bisaillon, Assistant Professor, Health Studies Deparment, University of Toronto Scarborough is helping us look at immigration medical practices from the experience of those who  live it.  Her current program of research focuses critical attention on Canadian immigration medical practices, application of policy and the law, social organization of knowledge.

Read her recent articles Mandatory HIV Screening Policy & Everyday Life: A Look Inside the Canadian Immigration Medical Examination and Disease, Disparities and Decision Making: Mandatory HIV Testing of Prospective Immigrants to Canada to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities, inconsistencies, and opportunities for change in how we address migration and HIV.

 

People on the Move-Strategies to Reduce Vulnerabilities

HIV and "`People on the move": Six Strategies to Reduce Risk and Vulnerability During the Migration Process', by Mary Haour-Knipe, Barbara de Zalduondo, Fiona Samuels, Kate Molesworth and Sarita Sehgal provides emerging insights on a theoretical framework to address HIV in the context of migration and mobile populations.

ABDGN had the opportunity to collaborate with the lead author Mary Haour-Knipe, and participate in the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting that focused on ‘people on the move’ held in 2009. CLICK HERE to access the background paper for that landmark meeting.

 

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ABDGN HAS A DIVERSE AND EXCITING PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

FOCUSED ON THE BLACK DIASPORA FOR THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE

AIDS 2012 IN WASHINGTON DC JULY 22-27TH

 

ABDGN in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute and the Black Diaspora Regional Working Group

For AIDS 2012 have organized an impressive series of sessions and activities focused on Black Diaspora

populations. We have invited an international team of panelists, presenters and moderators to deliver

a comprehesive and eye-opening programme that will generate increased global dialouge and action

in the context of HIV, health and human rights for Black Diaspora populations. CLICK HERE for a summary

of the activities. 

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AIDS 2010 RESOURCES

THE REPORT FROM THE ABDGN HIGH LEVEL MEETING IN VIENNA IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!  CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORT 

AIDS 2010 CONFERENCE REPORT BY BLACK AIDS INSTITUTE NOW AVAILABLE!!

CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORT

 

 

ABDGN a success in Vienna at the AIDS 2010 Conference!

ABDGN delivered an exciting programme of activities for AIDS 2010 that built on the conference theme of “Rights here, right now”.  For more details download our roadmap for the conference which highlights Diaspora related conference sessions and activities.

See below for access to all the presentations delivered in the ABDGN programme for  AIDS 2010

 


GLOBAL MSM FORUM SESSION

Always Left Out: Queer African and Caribbean Black Diaspora Populations Navigating Sexuality and HIV/AIDS through Migration

altWhen:    Saturday July 17

Time:     10:45am-12:45pm

Where:   Vienna University of Economics and Business

 

           CLICK ON PANELIST TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Greg Millett, Senior Policy Advisor,  Office of National AIDS Policy, Executive Office of the President, The White House

Robert Carr, Director, Policy and Advocacy, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations

Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre

Cheikh Traore, Senior Advisor, Sexual Diversity, United Nations Development Programme

Phill Wilson, Executive Director, Black AIDS Institute (Moderator)

Wangari Tharao,Program and Research Manager, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre;  Co-Chair, ABDGN (Session Co-Chair)

Rhon Reynolds, Co-Chair, ABDGN (Session Co-Chair)


HIGH LEVEL MEETING-INVITATION ONLY

Ties that Bind-Developing World Epidemics in the Developed World: Integrating the needs of African and Black Diaspora populations in the global response to HIV and AIDS

altWhen:     Sunday July 18

TIme:      8:30am-12:30pm

Where:   Grand Hotel Wien

 

           CLICK ON PANELIST TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Kevin Fenton, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Howard Njoo, Director General, Centre for Communicable Disease and Infection Control, Public Health Agency of Canada

Mika Salminen, Senior Expert, HIV/STI,  European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control

San Patten, Consultant, San Patterson and Associates Inc.

Phill Wilson, Executive Director, Black AIDS Institute (Moderator)

Wangari Tharao,Program and Research Manager, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre;  Co-Chair, ABDGN (Session Co-Chair)

Rhon Reynolds, Co-Chair, ABDGN (Session Chair)

 


GLOBAL VILLAGE OPENING

altWhen:     Monday July 19

Time:      11:00am

Where:    Global Village Main Stage

 

Representatives from African and Black Diapsora will participate in the ceremonies to present our message for the “wish tree” ceremony


AIDS 2010 CONFERENCE SATELLITE SESSION

The African Elephant in the Room: Global Dialogue on HIV and AIDS in the Context of African and Black Populations Living in the Diaspora

altWhen:     Tuesday July 20

Time:       7:00am-8:30am

Where:     Mini Room 2

 

Panelists

Marsha Hay-Snyder, Director, HIV/AIDS Policy,Coordination and Programs Division, Public Health Agency of Canada

Mika Salminen, Senior Expert, HIV/STI,  European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control

Phill Wilson, Executive Director, Black AIDS Institute

Wangari Tharao,Program and Research Manager, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre;  Co-Chair, ABDGN

Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy, African Services Committee (Moderator)

Rhon Reynolds, Co-Chair, ABDGN (Session Chair)


AIDS 2010 CONFERENCE SATELLITE SESSION

Always Left Out: Queer African and Caribbean Black Diaspora Populations Navigating Sexuality and HIV/AIDS through Migration

altWhen:     Wednesday July 21

Time:       7:00am-8:30am

Where:     Mini Room 10

 

Panelists

Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre

Cheikh Traore, Senior Advisor, Sexual Diversity, United Nations Development Programme

Adeibisi Alimi, African MSM Sexual Health Worker, NAZ Project London

Rhon Reynolds, Co-Chair, ABDGN (Moderator)

Wangari Tharao,Program and Research Manager, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre;  Co-Chair, ABDGN (Session Co-Chair)

 


ABDGN PRESS CONFERENCE

altWhen:      Wednesday July 21

TIme:        2:00pm-3:00pm

Where:     Press Conference Room 2