Posted by Maria Codina on September 12, 2017 at 11:21 am
On August 31st, Share-Net, together with Aidsfonds and AFEW International, organized the second preparatory meeting, ‘Road to AIDS 2018’, for the International AIDS Conference 2018.
Interested Share-Net members and beyond came together to hear and discuss the preparations for this important event and to know who are the actors, what is being done, what can we do as NGOs, research institutes, universities, and individuals.
After the presentations from Aidsfonds, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and AFEW International, the participants were divided into groups for a brainstorm session. Each team focused on a subject to bring up ideas for activities, partnerships, opportunities etc. during the IAC 2018.
The following people joined to present and engage in discussion:
You can find Daria Alexeeva presentation here.
You can find Liselotte Zoetmulder presentation here.
You can find Monique Middelhoff and Els Klinkert presentation here.
Amsterdam Youth Force
To get young people involved in HIV/AIDS events there is a need to map youth organizations already working on HIV. During the conference, the Amsterdam Youth Force will organize a program in the Youth Pavilion.
Organizations are invited to:
Suggestion Monique: Amsterdam Youth Force to link up with the (new) Youth Ambassador.
Focal point: Tomas Pico Chang, Hivos
HIV Funding gap
The presentations made clear that in addition to the lack of funding, also funds will be allocated to different issues. That is why there is the need to create awareness and to use the money we have more efficiently.
How can we be more efficient?
Focal point: Douglas Call, PSI Europe
A Progressive march for AIDS 2018! It will bring together activists, sex workers, LGBTQI, drug users, scientists, young people, and so on. We need individuals who are committed to speaking out for progressive values, voices, and human rights. This march should also engage the general public and follow up with IAS.
Message: To End AIDS!
Focal point: Anne Dankert, Aidsfonds
The Dutch Booth
There is the need to find ways to formulate the Dutch Approach in such a way that all Dutch organizations working in this field feel represented, so everyone feels comfortable promoting this approach. The Amsterdam Planning Group, together with others should come to discuss the next step on this subject.
Focal point: Sjoerd van Elsen, Aidsfonds
To keep Harm Reduction on the program, we need to generate noise. The working group will finalize their plans next week. There will be a harm reduction zone within AIDS 2018 which will include all kind of activities such as a drug consumer room. There will be two points of entry at the conference. One will be about the history of harm reduction in the Netherlands and the second one will talk about what is happening in Philippines and Indonesia.
To get attention, they will be in close contact with international and local harm reduction organizations as well as the press.
Focal point: Anke van Dam, AFEW
We all start with a large program that works for the mainstream, but they won’t work for the last 10-15 percent. This working group wants to focus on what works for these particular key populations? And how can we show that a tailor made program is realistic and yield results while not necessarily costing more money.
Message: How can we reach the last 10% and how will we get results?
Focal Point: Christina de Vries, Cordaid
The next Preparatory Meeting will be organized by Share-Net Netherlands in November 2017.
In the meantime, please share your ideas and what you are also doing with Share-Net. You can send this to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and we will make sure it will be communicated within the group and possibly other relevant persons.