ARASA at the 17th ICASA, 7-11 December 2013

Posted by ARASA on December 6, 2013

Please  join the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern African (ARASA) team at the 17th ICASA, 7 - 11 December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS include… Interactive line-ups at the Global Village (Booth # 6) and the Exhibition Hall 1 (Booth #7 and 14)

DO NOT MISS...the following sessions….

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Oral Session l Sun, 8 Dec | 10:45–10:55 (10:45 – 12:15) | Location: MR4SUADS05  (Oral track: D)

Promoting the Use of Toolkits and Guidelines to Strengthen and Expand HIV-related Legal Services

This session will explore the issue of Rights, Violations and Redress in the HIV response in Africa (Presenter: Lynette Mabote)

Poster Presentation l Sun, 8 & Mon, 9 Dec l 10:15 - 18:00 l Location: Exhibition Hall 4B

Scale Community Mobilisation, Education, Advocacy and lobbying towards Universal Access to HIV Treatment : “A Zambian Case Study” (Presenter: Lawrence Mbalati)

Poster Presentation l Sun, 8 & Mon, 9 Dec l 10:15 - 18:00 l Location: Exhibition Hall 4B l PB297

Effective Use Of The ARASA's HIV, TB And Human Rights Training Manual As A Tool To Promote Rights Based Approaches To Access To Quality, Affordable Generic Medicines (Presenter: Lynette Mabote)

 Panel Discussion l Sun, 8 Dec l 12:40 – 13:25 l Location: Exhibition Hall 4B (Booth #7 and 14)  Human rights in light of contemporary science of HIV treatment and prevention

 This session will explore the human rights implications of implementing the new science of ARVs and what rights-based approaches mean for prevention and treatment. During the deliberations, panelists will explore what this new science means for treatment expansion and whether this builds a strong business case for regional and African Human Rights bodies, such as the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights to impress upon states to integrate human rights in their health programming in order to achieve ZERO. (Panellists: ARASA, HIV Experts, UNAIDS, African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, Health Gap

Meet the Experts l Sun, 8 Dec l 14:30 – 15:15 l Location: Exhibition Hall 4B (Booth # 7 and 14)

A new report, published by RESULTS UK and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), launched today titled “Tuberculosis in South Africa’s Gold Mines; A United Call to Action” details the role that gold mining has in driving the TB epidemic in southern Africa, and calls for a step up in political and corporate will for developing a coordinated international response to the disease. Join the session to hear more about the report and civil society’s Call to Action to support the TB in the Mining Industry advocacy. (Presenters, Lynette Mabote, ARASA & Felix Jakens, RESULTS UK)

Skills-building Workshop l Sun, 8Dec l 16:20 – 17:05 l Location: Exhibition Hall 1 (Booth #7 and 14) 

This is a skills building workshop by ARASA to re-launch the latest version of its HIV/ TB Heroes Toolkit. The toolkit, which aims to encourage understanding and implementation of World Health Organization (WHO) policy on integrated tuberculosis (TB) and HIV activities in countries, is targeted at national TB programmes, nongovernmental organizations, community organisations and schools, as well as other stakeholders. The first version of the toolkit focused on the WHO’s three "I"s - isoniazid preventive therapy, intensified screening and infection control for TB. The updated version includes information on involving the community, initiation of antiretroviral therapy and the integration of TB and HIV. (Presenters, Lawrence Mbalati, Lynette Mabote, ARASA)

Monday, 9 December 2013

Oral discussion l Mon, 9 Dec l 14:30 – 16:30 l Location: To be confirmed. Getting to Zero: 

Positive African Women driving the Agenda “A Dialogue on Gender Based Violence” The session will bring together representatives from Governments, development agencies, community organizations, national, regional and international networks working in the field of gender and gender related issues, and in particular all Women in Africa living with HIV. (ARASA representative: Boniswa Seti)

Poster Presentation l Mon, 9 Dec l 10:15 - 18:00 l Location: Exhibition Hall 4B l PB320

Strengthening Community Systems for TB and HIV Treatment Expansion: A Southern Africa Case Study    (Presenter: Lawrence Mbalati)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Join the ICASA civil society march, taking place at 11am on WEDNESDAY, 10 December from the CTICC Now more than ever eliminating all forms of Violence, Protecting, Promoting & Recognising Human Rights”

Focused Group Discussions l Tue, 10 Dec l 15:30 – 17:25 l Location: Community Village (Booth # 6)

Discussions & civil society inputs: This session will convene human rights partners working on LGBTI rights. The purpose will be to explore and share ideas around the development of an innovative Equal Rights for All” Advocacy Toolkit. What would you like to see in this Toolkit? What would be critical to include in this Toolkit, which will assist you in planning your in-country advocacy to promote the right to sexual and reproductive health and rights for LGBTI persons? Presenters: ARASA team, lead by Boniswa Seti)

Make sure you do not miss these and other critical sessions, which highlight the importance of rights-based approaches to HIV and TB at the Global Village at ICASA. Please also visit ARASA at the Global Village, booth number 6 as well as at the Exhibition Hall 1, booth number 7 and 14.

See you in Cape Town!


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