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National African HIV Conference 'Under the Baobab Tree' - 27 & 28 March 2008

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Georgina Caswell
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National African HIV Conference 'Under the Baobab Tree' - 27 & 28 March 2008
Posted on: March 18 2008, 11:31 pm
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On: 27th &  28th March 2008
At: Regent's College Conference Centre, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NS

‘Under the Baobab tree’ will be the 5th in the series of biennial conferences organised by the African HIV Policy Network (AHPN) as part of its sector development and facilitation programme. It is led by the National African HIV
Prevention Programme (NAHIP): a department of health funded programme of HIV prevention activities targeted at Africans in England.

The conference aims to bring together the affected communities, providers, policy makers researchers, commissioners and other stakeholders to share good practice within the HIV sector. It also offers an opportunity to discuss what still needs to be achieved in order to reduce the rates of HIV infection within African communities and improve the care and support offered to those living with HIV.

Thursday 27 March 2008

The keynote address will be delivered by Ms Elizabeth Mataka, UN Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in Africa. This day will focus on how gender impacts on the prevention needs of Africans living in the UK. Topics will include:

- gender roles
- men, women, families and young people
- late presentation of men and women
- role of faith communities

These will be explored through drama, plenary session presentations and workshops. In addition, we will be launching the BASS Line survey report, the first sexual health survey targeting Africans living in England, and the African HIV prevention Planning framework, a collaborative strategic planning document. The day will end with the AHPN Community Awards Ceremony and drinks reception.

Friday 28 March 2008

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Paul Hunt, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. This day will look at HIV and sexual health policy issues and their impact on gender inequality. Topics will include:

- the right to health
- HIV testing
- access to treatment and deportation
- social determinants of health such as poverty, inequality and employment

In addition to presentations at plenary sessions, these themes would be further explored through paper presentations.

For more information, please visit www.nahip.org.uk or contact the AHPN on 020 7017 8910.
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