This is a workshop for senior level staff from government, donor agencies, the private sector and NGOs who want to learn how to put HIV/AIDS into planning, projects and policy.
Medical Research Council
Andy Gray discusses the widely contested nature of the ‘essential drugs’ response to HIV/AIDS in a developing country setting like South Africa
Health Systems Trust
So often, with the doom and gloom attitude by which HIV and AIDS is portrayed in our newspapers, it is easy for us to feel despondent. Yet there is some good news. There are things we as health workers can do that can make a real difference. Good sex and life skills health promotion is an essential component to promoting healthy behaviour. A multi-centre study undertaken by the World Health Organisation has conclusively shown that such education does not encourage promiscuity. In fact it is seen to delay the onset of first sexual activity. Recent research from KwaZulu-Natal has also shown that most parents are in support of such sex education for their children. This dispels some of the myths that have jeopardised some health promotion initiatives in the past.
An international coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations and individual advocates are sponsoring a four-day global summit on treatment preparedness in March 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. Treatment preparedness is a term used to describe HIV/AIDS treatment education and advocacy efforts that are designed to increase access to and demand for HIV/AIDS treatment and prepare communities for safe and effective use of HIV therapies. We are using the trm HIV/AIDS treatment to encompass a broad range of treatment and care interventions, including, but not limited to, treatment of opportunIstic infections and sexually transmitted infections, palliative care, and antiretroviral therapy. The International HIV/AIDS Treatment Education and Advocacy Summit will be a relatively small gathering of approximately 125 people. The primary goal of the meeting is to create a framework for the development, maintenance and enhancement of local and regional treatment preparedness efforts around the world. To learn more about the International HIV/AIDS Treatment Education and Advocacy Summit, please contact:email@example.com