Two years & counting: How to reach the most vulnerable children & families

Despite commendable progress towards the 2020 targets, many vulnerable populations remain out of the reach of HIV testing, treatment and care. At an AIDS 2018 satellite session co-hosted by The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS and ViiV Positive Action for Children Fund, an expert panel will discuss contributing factors to this situation and, most importantly, what needs to change to put us back on track. This is an interactive session in which the audience, together with the speakers, will analyze proven innovations and identify next steps.

This session will take place on 23rd July 2018, 14.45pm – 16.45pm in the Emerald Room, RAI, Amsterdam. It is open to all – no pre-registration is required.

Topics will include:

  • Why are the most vulnerable children being left behind and why does this hinder the achievement of both HIV targets and the SDGs?
  • First-hand experience of sex workers working together to access HIV services for their children.
  • What evidence is there that a holistic approach to children, families and communities can maximise testing, treatment and care?
  • What must the HIV sector do differently to address key gaps in the response, and what support and opportunities are available to help?

The keynote address will be given by:

  • Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development; and
  • Doug Webb, HIV Adviser, UNDP

Speakers will include:

  • Gretchen Bachman, Acting Sr. Advisor, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. State Department & Senior Advisor, Orphans & Vulnerable Children,¬†Office of HIV/AIDS,¬†United States Agency for International Development
  • Lisa Bohmer, Chair of the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS & Senior Programme Officer at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Lucie Cluver, Professor of Social Policy & Social Work, Oxford University and the University of Cape Town
  • Duduzile Dlamini, SWEAT Mothers for the Future, South Africa and Coalition Ambassador
  • Noreen Huni, Director, REPSSI and Coalition Vice Chair
  • Dominic Kemps, Director, Positive Action Programme, ViiV Healthcare
  • Chewe Luo, Associate Director, Programme Division and Chief of HIV/AIDS Section, UNICEF
  • Merian Musinguzi, Coordinator of the Towards An Aids Free Generation Programme in Uganda.
  • Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development
  • Roland van de Ven, Technical Director, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation