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Published on Jul 1, 2010

AIDS 2008 Vision and Objectives

Vision for AIDS 2008

A conference that promotes scientific excellence and inquiry, encourages individual and collective action and dialogue, and fosters accountability.

Conference Objectives

AIDS 2008 will
Provide a forum in which key scientific and practice-based research, best practice, lessons learned and gaps in knowledge are addressed

Present strong evidence to influence leaders, including key policy makers and donors, to increase their commitment to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment, undertake responsible action and be more accountable.

Increase understanding of the contribution made by the HIV global response to broader social, economic and health issues.

Maximize opportunities for the participation in conference and programme planning of those engaged in evidence-based responses -- scientists, PLWHA, members of marginalized communities especially those most vulnerable to HIV, including women, girls, and young people.

Promote strategies that will reduce stigmatization and discrimination of PLWHAs and those working professionally across the response to HIV and AIDS.

Reach a wider audience through the webcasting of conference proceedings to regional sub-conferences/meetings and through the availability of conference sessions online.

Improve public awareness of the continued impact of and global response to HIV and AIDS through enhanced media coverage.

Conference Context

In order for the benefit and impact of the International AIDS Conference to be maximized it is becoming increasingly evident that the conference must seek to engage with and link people in an ongoing way, rather than focus exclusively on five days of meetings.

To this end, AIDS 2008 will be the premier international HIV and AIDS forum in which
key research findings, lessons learned, and gaps in knowledge, and best practice are acknowledged and shared;

successes and shortfalls in the overall response to HIV and AIDS are highlighted;

priorities for future action are identified;

ongoing, productive and forthright dialogue is nurtured before, during and after the conference, both onsite and virtually though networking, webcasting and other strategies

new or changed leadership are called on to share their priorities and plans.
AIDS 2008 will also mark the midpoint of the 2010 Global Target on Universal Access for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, care and support. This will shape the development of the AIDS 2008 programme and messaging.

Key issues the AIDS 2008 Programme (sessions and activities) will explore/address include:
Health systems strengthening, service models, integration with TB, SRH, co-infections, maternal health, long-term care, mental health, palliative care, drug resistance, harm reduction, primary health care, hepatitis C, etc.

Specific regional issues e.g. stigma; setting regional policy agendas; using what is gained and expanding to other regions (south-south)

Synergy of treatment and prevention; treatment as a tool for prevention (reducing viral load and infectivity)

Respect and promotion of human rights and gender equality as a framework for all aspects of the response.
The Conference Coordinating Committee and the three Programme Committees, reflecting the core components of the Conference Programme (science, community and leadership) will work collaboratively to bring to reality the AIDS 2008 vision and objectives.

More Information at http://www.aids2008.org


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