Let communities lead
This year, ITM and SHARE (ITM’s interdepartmental research platform on HIV and sexual health) will celebrate World AIDS Day in line with the global WAD theme “Let communities lead”. We will highlight and discuss the role of community leadership in the HIV response with ITM students, staff and the interested public.
Community organisations of people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV play a crucial role in reaching global HIV targets. They reach out to create awareness and trust, fight stigma and discrimination, link people to prevention and treatment services, contribute to research, policy and practice, and hold service providers and policy makers accountable. While the slogan “Nothing about us without us” has been heard on a global scale, the full potential of community leadership is not exploited.
At WAD 2023, we want to present positive Flemish and international examples of how to engage and recognise communities, and discuss barriers and leverages to include all affected communities, including marginalised populations, to advance the global HIV response.
Who should attend?
Community organisations, care providers, students and all interested in community-based HIV prevention.
1 December 2023, 13:00-16:15, followed by a reception.
This event will be live (no online participation) and held in English.
Participation is free, but registration is required.
13:00 - 13:30
Arrival & registration
13:30 - 13:40
Welcome and introduction to the WAD theme
Christiana Nöstlinger (ITM, Dep. of Public Health)
13:40 - 14:00
Global HIV situation and the significance of community-led responses
Tom Decroo, Ibiloye Olujuwon (ITM, Dep. of Clinical Sciences)
14:00 - 14:35
Global perspectives: Peer-led initiatives among different key populations
Sikhululiwe Mkwananzi, Zimbabwe
14:35 - 15:05
Patient-group Vhiva as a “safe space”
Cora Lamonte, Wenne Mertens (ITM, HIV clinic)
15:05 - 15:25
The Belgian situation: “HIV-SAM” as a best practice example
Charles Ddungu (ITM, HIV-SAM)
15:25 - 15:40
HIV-SAM: towards the future within Sensoa
Sandra Van den Eynde (Sensoa)
15:40 - 16:00
Moderator: Gert Scheerder (ITM, Dep. of Public Health)
16:00 - 16:15
Lut Lynen (director ITM)
16:15 - 17:30
U=U campaign for World AIDS DayOn the occasion of World AIDS Day, our social nurses have been organising an annual campaign since 2019 to fight against a major challenge in HIV care: stigma. This year, with #lovemysafespace, we raise awareness around safe spaces for people living with HIV.
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