Southern & Eastern Youth Conference on HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health, Lilongwe, Malawi
Southern & Eastern Youth Conference on HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health, , 6 - 8 June 2012, Lilongwe, Malawi
Lilongwe 2012 will bring another opportunity for youth within Africa and the Diaspora to interact, share ideas and good practices on HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health and rights issues in the region.
The broad objectives for the Conference are:
- Ensure effective and meaningful youth participation in international AIDS response and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
- Identify gaps and challenges in government policies in providing youth friendly HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights services towards 2015.
- Strengthen regional and country level strategic programmes for youth on HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive health and Rights
- Identify and build the capacity of new and emerging youth leaders for the AIDS response to ensure sustainability of youth initiatives at the national, regional and international levels
- Sustain adult-youth partnerships and dialogue with Policy makers
- To strengthen the Southern and Eastern Africa youth network on HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
- To develop country specific youth alliances on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
- Monitor issues of Reproductive Health Commodity Security in country specifics
- To establish funding mechanisms for regional and country youth networks.
- Monitor government and donor commitments to youth on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
The Southern and Eastern Youth Conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, is convened to create an opportunity for those working on Sexual Reproductive health as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward in the response to HIC/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights challenges.
The SEYCOHAIDS 2012 conference will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. A variety of session types from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions will meet the needs of various participants.
Other related activities, including preconference, exhibitions and affiliated events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking among young people.
Participants to the Conference will be active young people male and female in the fore front of HIV Prevention from the following institutions:
• Civil Society
• Faith based organizations
• Private Sector
• UN Agencies
• PLWHAs organizations
SPECIFIC ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED
• Medical Male Circumcision
• HIV Testing and Counseling
• Sexual Reproductive health and Rights Commodity and security
• Positive Living
• Biomedical HIV/Prevention
• Resources for HIV among young people
• Human Rights
CONFERENCE LINKAGES WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS
• Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
• United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS
• UNGASS on Children
• UNGASS+5 Political Declaration
• Core Commitments for Emergencies
• Convention on the Rights of the Child
• United Nations Conference on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
• United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change
EXPECTED MAJOR OUTCOMES
- Southern and Eastern Alliance Against on AIDS and count down formed with a committee in place
- Identified organization to Host the Secretariat of the Alliance
- Regional Representatives Selected
- Three year Advocacy program developed at regional and country level from the participating countries to push the issue agenda