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Health Policy Project at the 2014 International AIDS Conference

 

 

HPP at the 2014 International AIDS Conference

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SATURDAY, JULY 19

MSMGF Pre-Conference

Ethical Considerations around Programmatic Data Use in Rights-Constrained Environments – Technical Consultation Part 1

Time: TBA
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne VIC 3000
Moderator: Richard Burzynski (UNAIDS)
Presenters: Anita Datar (Health Policy Project/Futures Group); Amy Kay (CAMRIS International)

In order to ensure responsive programming, researchers, policymakers, and program planners are working to collect and use data to better understand the HIV epidemic among MSM. However, data use and sharing can be challenging in countries in which the rights of MSM and transgender people are threatened by punitive laws. Using case studies and an interactive design, the first session will draw upon participant feedback to identify where guidance is needed to ensure human rights protection, particularly in rights-constrained environments. Feedback collected from this first session will inform the design of an upcoming technical consultation with an aim to develop programmatic guidance that builds upon the 2011 document, Respect, Protect, Fulfill: Best Practices Guidance in Conducting HIV Research with Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Rights-Constrained Environments.

Ethical Considerations around Programmatic Data Use and Sharing in Rights-Constrained Environments – Technical Consultation Part 2

Time: TBA
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne VIC 3000
Moderator: Richard Burzynski (UNAIDS)
Presenters: Anita Datar (Health Policy Project/Futures Group); Amy Kay (CAMRIS International)

Mapping and size estimation exercises are conducted with the intention of increasing HIV program coverage and accessibility. These approaches are not always appropriate in countries that criminalize key populations. The second consultation within this stream will allow for a more in-depth discussion on programmatic mapping and size estimation.  Group discussion will include brainstorming alternative methodologies that allow for continued advocacy for comprehensive services for marginalized groups while also ensuring their safety.

Zero feet away: Showcasing the uses of internet and communication technology in HIV prevention among MSM, Trans*, and Intersex persons?

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm ?
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne VIC 3000
Organizer: Darrin Adams (Health Policy Project/Futures Group) 
Moderators: Kent Klindera (amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research); Christopher Walsh (HIVe/The Open University) ?
Presenters: Midnight Poonkasetwattana (Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health); Yves Yomb (Alternatives-Cameroon); Joe Rich (New Zealand AIDS Foundation); Simon Cazal, (SOMOSGAY); Nthabiseng Mokoena (Transgender Intersex Africa)     

This session showcases innovative programs that utilize internet and communication technology (ICT) for HIV prevention. Panelists will describe the process in the context of design and implementation as well as measuring and monitoring success. Presenters will demonstrate how they designed and implemented their programs, with varying levels of technological availability and access, to different audiences and in vastly different rights environments across Asia and the Pacific, West and South Africa, and Latin America. #MSMTransTech is being used to document MSM and trans-related use of technology throughout the duration of the International AIDS Conference. Live tweeting, posting, linking, and documenting are encouraged!

#MSMTransTech: Documenting ICT promising practices, strategies & approaches among MSM and Trans*

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne VIC 3000
Moderators: Cameron Wolf (USAID); Darrin Adams (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)
Presenters: Benjamin Hanckel (B-Change Foundation); Yves Calmette (ACON); Kim Green (FHI360); Nada Chaiyajit (TLBz Sexperts!)

The session will launch the first collection documenting MSM and transgender use of technology in HIV prevention, research, advocacy, and education. Published by Digital Culture, & Education and authored by community leaders, the special issue takes a step forward in highlighting innovative methods of community-based organizations in their own voices. The panelists include co-editors and authors of the special issue who will discuss the special issue vision, development, as well as the mentorship component. The authors will discuss and present their ICT HIV interventions and talk about their own experiences with participating in the special issue. #MSMTransTech is being used to document MSM and trans-related use of technology throughout the duration of the International AIDS Conference. Live tweeting, posting, linking, and documenting are encouraged!

International AIDS Economic Forum (IAEN)

IAEN Plenary Session #1

Time: 9:55am-11:10am
Location: Crowne Plaza, 1-5 Spencer Street
Chair: Farley Cleghorn (Futures Group)
Presenters: Dasha Ocheret (Eurasian Harm Reduction Network); Peter Stegman (Futures Institute); Jennifer Kates (Kaiser Family Foundation); Arne Näveke (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative)

IAEN Plenary Session #2

Time: 11:15am-12:30pm
Location: Crowne Plaza, 1-5 Spencer Street
Chair: Jeff Gow (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Presenters: Sergio Bautista (INSP Mexico); Arin Dutta (Health Policy Project/Futures Group); Ravikanthi Rapiti (Population Council); Marelize Gorgens (World Bank)

IAEN Plenary Session #4

Time: 3:25pm-4:40pm
Location: Crowne Plaza, 1-5 Spencer Street
Chair: Emmanuel Njeuhmeli (USAID)
Presenters: Katharine Kripke (Health Policy Project/Futures Institute); Tigistu Adamu (JHPIEGO); Karin Hatzold (PSI); Claire Chaumont (INSP Mexico); Till Baernighausen (Harvard)

SUNDAY, July 20

Efficiency and Effectiveness (E2): Impact and Way Forward for E2 in the Global HIV and AIDS Response

Time: 11:15am-1:15pm
Location: Room 111-112
Type: Satellite
Organizers: Health Policy Project/Futures Group; International Aids Society; International AIDS Economic Network; World Bank

Given constrained funding for the HIV and AIDS response, donors and local governments have stressed the need to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness (E2) of HIV/AIDS programs to achieve the greatest impact. Has the work on E2 informed financial resource allocation of external and domestic funding for HIV/AIDS programs? Has the work on E2 improved implementation efficiency of HIV/AIDS programs by reducing cost while maintaining quality and coverage? Has the work on E2 expanded the evidence base for effective HIV/AIDS interventions that increase the quality and coverage of programs? The USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP), in collaboration with IAS and IAEN, addresses these questions in an assessment of the E2 global landscape. The satellite will consist of four presentations from the IAS, IAEN, World Bank and HPP and will conclude with a panel discussion of the impact and prognosis for E2.

From Research to Practice to Impact: Lessons from VMMC Scale-up

Time: 3:45pm-5:45pm
Location: Room 104
Type: Satellite session
Presenters: Katharine Kripke (Health Policy Project/Futures Institute)

In 2007 WHO and UNAIDS recommended that countries with high HIV prevalence and low male circumcision rates add voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) to their HIV prevention programming. Mathematical modeling published in 2011 indicated that rapid scale-up of VMMC to 80% of men aged 15-49 would require 20.3 million circumcisions and avert an estimated 3.4 million new HIV infections. At this time countries in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region set ambitious scale-up goals and President Obama set a goal of 4.7m PEPFAR-funded circumcisions by December 2013. Some six million men have been circumcised to date, with funding from ESA governments, PEPFAR and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This session will present tools developed and detail lessons learned during the accelerated scale-up of VMMC. Panelists will include representatives of Jhpiego, the MCHIP Program, WHO, PEPFAR, the Ministries of Health of Tanzania and Lesotho, CHAPS and PSI.

MONDAY, July 21

Like Me, Tweet Me, Post Me: Community Innovations Using Mobile and Online Technology by Gay Men, Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM), and Transgender Persons (TG) for Youth HIV Programming

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Location: Youth Pavillion
Type: Global Village
Chair: Laurindo Garcia (B-CHANGE Foundation)
Presenters: Darrin Adams (Health Policy Project/Futures Group); E. Cameron Hartofelis (Health Policy Project/Futures Group); Cameron Wolf (USAID); Midnight Poonkasetwattana and Apiwit Thubumrung (Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health [APCOM]); Carl Sandler (Misterapp.com); Nada Chaiyajit (TLBz Sexperts); Yves Yomb (Alternatives); Yves Calmette (ACON); Richard Burzynski (UNAIDS); Kim Green (FHI360)

This talk show style session will highlight examples of community-based HIV programming for men who have sex with men and transgender communities using internet and communication technology. Representatives from The Global Fund, UNAIDS and PEPFAR will discuss how their agencies support technology for these populations globally, look at the future of funding and programming in this area, and assess the potential for new regional and country-level initiatives. #MSMTransTech is the hashtag for the event and participants in this session will be encouraged to post photos, record videos and live tweet their responses to the topic. Relevant tweets and key HIV resources associated with this session will also be shared on a dedicated Facebook page.

Breaking bad: policy impact on access to lubricant among sex workers, males who have sex with males, and transgender people in Burkina Faso, Togo, and Kenya

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Darrin Adams (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)

Genuine partnership and tokenism: assessing engagement and participation of men who have sex with men (MSM) organizations in national and sub-national HIV planning in seven Sub-Saharan Africa countries

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Darrin Adams (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)

Integrating gender-based violence screening and referral into health services to address the needs of vulnerable populations

Time | 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location | Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type | Poster Exhibition
Presenter | Ian McKnight

Creating stigma-free health facilities: Lack of HIV care policies, protocols, materials, exacerbate health worker fear of HIV transmission and stigmatizing avoidance behaviors, evidence from 6 countries

Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Location: Melbourne Room 1
Type: Oral Presentation
Presenter: Laura Nyblade (Health Policy Project/RTI International)

Tuesday, July 22

Measuring HIV-related stigma and discrimination among health workers in Nyanza Province, Kenya

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Laura Nyblade (Health Policy Project/RTI International)

Health facility stigma and discrimination reduction package: changing the norm with participatory planning, assessment, training, and policies to improve HIV services

Time: 12:30pm-2:40pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Laura Nyblade (Health Policy Project/RTI International)

Wednesday, July 23

Civil Society and Transitions to Country Ownership: Role of civil society in sustainable transitions and country ownership; sharing and promising practices of civil society; promoting engagement between civil society and global donors

Time: 7:00am-8:30am
Location: Room 103
Type: Satellite Session
Chair: Kieran Daly (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Presenters: Chris Collins (UNAIDS); Farley Cleghorn (Futures Group)

The objective of this 90 minute satellite is to engage civil society organization (CSO) leadership and global donors and agencies in a dialogue on CSO survival, engagement, and strengthening in sustainable transitions for country ownership. The session will open with a brief overview on country ownership by a representative from UNAIDS followed by a panel of civil society representatives describing challenges and successes with their own experiences in country transitions. Key issues the panelists will consider include how transitions affect scale-up of HIV services for key populations and civil society engagement and the status of the country “hand-off” plans. Respondents from major donor institutions who are charged with and have charged country transitions (e.g., PEPFAR and The Global Fund) will comment on the panel presentations. Following the presentations and discussion, there will be a moderated dialogue with the audience for input and questions.

Costs to scale up oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for sex workers in Kenya: evidence for action

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Arin Dutta (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)

Thursday, July 24

Tackling stigma and discrimination in health facilities in St. Kitts and Nevis: lessons learned for moving towards stigma-free HIV services

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Laura Nyblade (Health Policy Project/RTI International)

Investment case for an evolving IDU epidemic: national goals application in Ukraine

Time | 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Arin Dutta (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)

Estimating the effects of targeting voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs to different age groups: the decision makers program planning toolkit (DMPPT 2.0)

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Katharine Kripke (Health Policy Project/Futures Institute)

Age, regional, and urban/rural considerations in refocusing the voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention program in Malawi

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Katharine Kripke (Health Policy Project/Futures Institute)

Toward Greater Sustainability in Jamaica: National-level Integration of Family Planning and HIV Programming to Create a New Agency for Sexual Health

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Ground Level
Type: Poster Exhibition
Presenter: Kevin Harvey (Jamaica Ministry of Health)

Costing of Mozambique's HIV Acceleration Plan: Strategically using costing data to step up financial and human resources to scale up services

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: Plenary 3
Type: Oral Presentation
Presenter: Arin Dutta (Health Policy Project/ Futures Group)

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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