Final Call: Register for the Key Populations Pre-Conference @ ICASA 2017

Registration Form
Deadline November 24, 2017

All Registration materials should be sent to africakpnetworksadvocacy@amsher.org

The African Key Populations Network (AMSHeR, ASWA, CAL and SATF) is pleased to announce a call for registration for participation in its Key Populations Pre-Conference at the International AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

About the ICASA YKPs Pre-Conference, December 2-3, 2017

The Pre-Conference at this year’s ICASA focuses on YKPs and is dubbed; ‘Onto the African Map: Youth Key Populations and HIV.’

Goals
The YKPs Pre-Conference sets to achieve four primary objectives

  • Raise awareness and deepen understanding about the particular vulnerabilities to HIV infection of YKPs;
  • Take stock of and critically review the extent to and ways in which African governments have included YKPs in HIV prevention programmes;
  • Understand and reflect on opportunities for interventions to address the attitudes and knowledge of YKPs on HIV vulnerabilities, prevention services and treatment services for them, and on ways in which to better manage this, taking into cognisance existing law and policy frameworks.
  • Audit the implementation of the WHO/UNAIDS new guidelines for prevention and treatment especially, interrogating the ‘enabling environment element’

Why Youth KPs?
Most vulnerable among young people (including adolescents) are YKPs, namely, Young Gay Men (YGM) and Young Men who Have Sex with Men (YMSM), Young People Who Inject Drugs (YPWID), Young Sex Workers (YSW), Young Trans (YT), young persons in conflict with the law, or young persons who manifest a combination of these different marginal identities.

Time commitments
The KP Pre-conference will be a two-day event that will provide space for:-

  • Plenary sessions, which will serve to address emerging and crosscutting issues that affect all KP groups, but with a special focus on YKPs.
  • Breakout sessions will be used to learn from latest scientific evidence, innovations, guidelines and KP programmes; and to address issues that are more specific to each of the KP groups: anal health, mental health, hormonal therapy, gender affirming surgery, opioid substitution therapy, needle exchange programmes and new prevention technologies and tools, WHO guidelines and implementation tools, etcetera.

Who should apply?

  • It is envisioned that 200 participants will attend the YKP Pre-Conference.
  • This group will include YKPs’ representatives, health and human rights advocates, service providers, researchers, policymakers, donors, and individuals and entities working to address the needs of YKPs.
  • Preference will be given to participants from the African continent.

Registration for participation at the YKPs Pre-Conference for the International AIDS and STIs Conference (ICASA) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Registration form should be sent to africakpnetworksadvocacy@amsher.org. Only complete registration forms will be considered.

Deadline for registration is November 24, confirmations will be made on an ongoing basis.

The Registration form is included below: –

About Africa’s Key Populations (KP) Networks

African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA)
ASWA is the Pan African Alliance of sex worker led groups. ASWA’s Vision is to see a world where sex work is recognised as work in Africa, and where the health and human rights of all sex workers living and working in Africa are protected.

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR)
AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of MSM and LGBT-led organisations, working to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Expression (SOGIE) and advances access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT in Africa.

Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
CAL is a feminist, activist and pan Africanist Network of 14 organisations in 11 Countries in sub-Saharan Africa committed to advancing freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for all women on the African Continent and beyond.

Southern Africa Trans* Forum (SATF)
The Southern Africa Trans*Forum (SATF) a collective of over 12 Transgender focussed and led organisations based in Southern Africa from over 8 Countries that aim to advance regional advocacy efforts on trans* persons in the sub-region through a collaborative advocacy strategy.

Click on link below for registration

ICASA Pre-Conference Registration Form