The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is the African Community Partner for AIDS 2016. We are very excited to welcome you all in Durban! ARASA is co-hosting, facilitating and presenting at a number of sessions at AIDS 2016 in Durban, in addition to co-hosting the Human Rights Networking Zone with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network in the Global Village. We look forward to seeing you there and engaging in aligning human rights and HIV/TB. This is where you will find us:
SUNDAY, 17 July 
09:00 - 17:30
Blue Waters Hotel, 175 Snell Parade, Durban
Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation 
Co-hosted with HIV Justice Worldwide 
Keynote speaker: Justice Edwin Cameron, South African Constitutional Court 

The full-day programme will include keynote presentations and parallel workshops focusing on critical issues in the fight against HIV criminalisation around the world.

Register here
* Transport will be provided to the International Convention Center 

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18:00 - 19:00
                                         Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village                                                Human Rights Networking Zone Opening Reception
Co-hosted with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network 
 
The reception addresses the theme of access, equity, rights for all, and conveys the key message, right at the outset of AIDS 2016, that attention to human rights is an essential feature of achieving this goal.

Please find the full programme for the Human Rights Networking Zone attached.
MONDAY, 18 July 

12:30-14:30
Reaching treatment for all:
Developing a package of differentiated care
Hosted by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

This satellite session will:

  • Describe lessons learned from previous programs that may be applied to the development of a package of differentiated care to implement treatment 
  • Explore new tools and models of care that may enable treatment for all
  • Discuss barriers, gaps and opportunities to reaching a package of care to support treatment for all
Speakers include:
  • Launch of treatment for all in Lesotho: The role of differentiated models of care, Dr. Molotsi Monyamane, Minister of Health Lesotho
  • Treatment for All and 90 90 90: Where are we now? Dr. Badara Samb, UNAIDS  
  • How can differentiated care help countries to implement the new WHO guidelines? Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, World Health Organization
  • The differentiated model of care: Treatment for all by matching resources to needs,Anna Grimsrud, International AIDS Society

How can differentiated care get us to treatment for all?  Panel Discussion

  • Lynette Mabote, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
  • Dr. Carlos del Rios, Emory University
  • Dr. Jose Zuniga, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
  • Professor Sydney Rosen, EQUIP Project
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16:30 - 18:00
Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village
Sex Worker Rights: Work, Not Crime 
Co-hosted with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network    

Recent developments in sex workers’ rights protection include important court decisions and position statements from international organizations, as well as pushback on expanding prohibitionist models in various jurisdictions. Find out how advocates from all over the world are advancing a human rights–based approach to laws and policies on sex work.
  • Kholi Buthelezi, Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement (South Africa)
  • Pye Jakobsson, Global Network of Sex Work Projects (U.K.)
  • Grace Kamau, Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (Kenya)
  • Jules Kim, Chief Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association (Australia)
  • Tosh Legoreng, Sisonke Botswana Association (Botswana)
  • Kaythi Win, Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (Thailand)
     
TUESDAY, 19 July 
                                   09:00 - 10:30                                             
Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village
Morning Films
  • Demand Viral Load Testing, produced by ARASA and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC).
  • Hear our voice: Key Population Financing Programme, produced by ARASA and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC).
  • We are not safe here: Human Rights violations and LGBTI people in Malawi, produced by ARASA.                                                                                                              __________________________
                                  12:30 - 14:30                                           
                                       Poster Hall, Durban International Convention Center                               
Key populations-led interventions in Malawi, Tanzania    & Botswana to realise  inclusive Global Fund investments         Presented by HeJin Kim, ARASA Regional Key Populations Officer

12:30 - 14:30
 Poster Hall, Durban International Convention Center
      The 'trinity alliance' approach in promoting access to     medicines in Mauritius, Botswana and Zimbabwe    
Presented by Lyn
ette Mabote, ARASA Regional Advocacy Team Leader
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                             16:30 - 18:00                                           
 Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village

LGBTI Rights: Inclusion and Respect
Co-hosted with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network
 
The session will provide a space for participants to discuss advocacy challenges in creating an enabling legal and policy environment in Southern Africa for LGBTI people. The ARASA DiDiRi regional report Identifying Injustice: Law and Policy on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and HIV in Southern Africa will be relaunched, and a short documentary on human rights violations in Malawi will be screened
  • HeJin Kim, ARASA (South Africa)
  • Sheriff Mothopeng, Gender DynamiX (South Africa)
  • Tampose Mothopeng, Matrix Support Group (Lesotho)
  • Gift Trapence, Centre for the Development of People (Malawi)
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                                17:30 - 19:30                                           
The Palace Resort, 211 OR Tambo Parade, Durban

                Show us the money: HIV and TB Financing for               Key Populations at Higher Risk of HIV NOW!
Co-hosted with the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
 
Join us as we explore solutions to the realities faced by people living with HIV, key population and human rights networks from Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania in engaging in national funding platforms and processes as well as accessing funding to implement interventions to improve their health and rights.    
WEDNESDAY, 20 July 
                                 
                                                  
                                 11:00 - 12:30                                           
 
Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village
HIV Criminalisation: exposing injustice
Co-hosted with the Canadian AIDS Legal Network
     
ARASA and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network are both proud members of HIV Justice Worldwide, a newly created international consortium dedicated to responding to unjust laws and prosecutions of people living with HIV across the world. This session will discuss the state of HIV criminalization in various regions, community mobilisation, and strategies to resist and reverse it.
  • Edwin Bernard, HIV Justice Network (U.K.)
  • Barb Cardell, Positive Women’s Network USA (U.S.A.)
  • Cynthia Fromstein, Defence Lawyer (Canada)
  • Allan Maleche, Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV (Kenya)  
  • Lillian Mworeko, International Community of Women Living with HIV (Uganda)                                                                                                                                                        ___________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                     12:30 - 14:30
Poster Exhibition Area, Durban International Convention Center  
Online human rights training on intellectual property rights a        critical stepping-stone for informed policy development:                                  an African case study                                                  Presented by Bruce Tushabe, ARASA Training Officer 
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                                  15:30 - 16:00                                             
Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village 

Report Launch:
HIV and Human Rights in Southern and East Africa
            
This mid-week reception celebrates the launch of a new report by ARASA on HIV and human rights in Southern and East Africa.     

                                  16:30 - 18:00                                             
Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village 

                                       Roundtable:                                                          HIV and Human Rights in Southern and East Africa      
An in-depth discussion on ARASA’s newly launched report, which provides snapshots for 18 countries, identifies significant national and regional developments, and makes recommendations for advancing human rights and achieving universal access.   
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                                  16:30 - 17:45                                             
Global Fund Networking Zone, Global Village

Show us the money for health! Film screening and discussion on advocacy for Key Population funding
 
With the new funding model for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) inclusion of key populations has been one of the key aspects of grant making. As part of this, ARASA and ITPC, through support from the CRG Special Initiative partnership with the RCNF, have been implementing a project on “Strengthening Key Population Advocacy for the Best Use of Global Fund Resources and Sustainable Funding for HIV & TB in Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania”. The session will screen a short documentary that has been produced as part of the project, highlighting the success from the first year of implementation. Furthermore, the session will explore some of the successes and challenges of this project; the discussion will be focused on understanding the continuing need to do advocacy for funding for Key Population initiatives and organisations, and exploring ways forward.
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Kate Thomson, Head of Community, Rights, and Gender Initiative, Global Fund
Gift Trapence, Director of the Centre for the Development of People
Joan Chamunga, Director of the Tanzanian Network of Women Living With HIV
Happy Assan, Director of the Tanzanian Network of People who Use Drugs
Nana Gleeson, Finance, Operations and Resource Mobilisation Manager of the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS
 
THURSDAY, 21 July 

                                   09:00 - 10:30                                             
Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village
Morning Films
  • Demand Viral Load Testing, produced by ARASA and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC).
  • Hear our voice: Key Population Financing Programme, produced by ARASA and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC).
  • We are not safe here: Human Rights violations and LGBTI people in Malawi, produced by ARASA.                                                           
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Session Room 1
14:30-16:00
      Hosted by the International AIDS Society
        Beyond 90-90-90 with Differentiated Care
To reach 90-90-90 and expand ART delivery from 15 to 37 million people, differentiated care will need to be taken to scale. In this session, normative agencies, funders, ministries of health and implementers give their perspectives, as well as present evidence for differentiation and the rationale for a client-centred approach. The session highlights the many aspects of differentiated care, emphasising its relevance beyond stable patients, across patient groups, settings and contexts, and its applicability across the HIV care cascade. 

Co-chair: Lynette Mabote, ARASA Regional Advocacy Team Leader
Co-chair: Anna Grimsrud, International AIDS Society

Differentiated care: not just for the stable patient, 
Meg Doherty, oordinator of Treatment and Care, Department of HIV/AIDS, World Health Organization 
Differentiated care across the cascade: experiences from Zimbabwe, 
Tsitsi Mutasa Apollo, Deputy Director for HIV/AIDS and STIs in the Zimbabwe, Ministry of Health and Child Care
Political commitment to differentiated care, Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator 
Maximising efficiencies and impact through differentiation, 
Ade Fakoya, Senior Advisor of HIV and AIDS at The Global Fund
Putting the client at the centre of differentiated care, Janet Tatenda Bhila, Senior Advisor of HIV and AIDS at The Global Fund
Differentiated care models beyond stable adults: experiences from MSF, 
Eric Goemaere, Medical Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village
15:00-16:00
Co-hosted with the Canadian Legal AIDS Network
 
Closing in, but pushing back: Strategy discussion on resisting restrictions on civil society  
 
In recent years, a growing number of governments have enacted or proposed various measures restricting the work of civil society organizations, such as impeding foreign funding, stifling freedoms of assembly and expression, and denying or suspending licences allowing NGOs to operate as legal entities. This impedes the realization of health and human rights, including in the context of HIV.  Join us for an informal strategy discussion on ways to resist this dangerous trend.
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