Events at AIDS 2014

The Diaspora Declaration: A Global HIV/AIDS Agenda for African/Black/Caribbean Diaspora Populations

This project brings together Canadian and international researchers, community members, advocates and programmatic specialists to develop an HIV/AIDS Diaspora Declaration (DD) for African/Black/Caribbean Diaspora and migrant populations.

The DD hopes to foster coordinated, evidence-based approaches to addressing HIV/AIDS epidemics that have emerged in populations from HIV-endemic countries of Africa and the Caribbean living in the global North. It will serve as a common platform to integrate policy, advocacy, research, and service delivery recommendations for a coordinated global response to migration, HIV/AIDS, and health inequities.

Funding for the Diaspora Declaration Project is provided by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

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Do you think a global framework, like the Diaspora Declaration, with concrete recommendations will support work by and for ABD populations to address HIV/AIDS at the national and/or local levels?

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Regional Session – Stepping UP from vulnerability to opportunity: HIV/AIDS in the global context of African and Black Migrant and Diaspora Populations

Time: July 22, 2014, 10:45 – 12:15;  Venue: Room 203-204

Co-Chairs: Kwaku Paul Adomako (Canada), Marcus Day (Saint Lucia), and Teresa Zakaria (Yemen)

Following ABDGN successfully advocating and chairing the first ever African/Black Diaspora (ABD) Regional Session at AIDS 2012 in Washington, ABDGN is again leading the coordination of the second ABD regional session for AIDS 2014!

An Exciting Panel of Inspiring Speakers Now Confirmed!

  • Wangari Tharao, Canada: The diaspora declaration: development of a global HIV and AIDS framework for change
  • Christopher Lemoh, Australia: Promising seeds of change: the epidemiology of HIV amongst African immigrants living in the industrialized world
  • Paul Semugoma, Uganda/South Africa: Resiliencies for change: sexual minorities, human rights and mobility in the African context
  • Valerie Delpech, United Kingdom: Sexual transmission of HIV amongst migrant populations in Europe: managing change in surveillance, interventions and prevention
  • Phill Wilson, United States: Stepping up our pace: empowering black perspectives in the HIV and AIDS response

Increasingly UN Member States, regional and international health surveillance agencies, human rights activists, and civil society are acknowledging the disproportionate impacts of HIV on African Diaspora, migrant and mobile populations within and outside Africa. The complexities of population mobility and labor movements, racism, stigma and discrimination, social inequality and vulnerabilities to HIV in the context of the African Diaspora and migrants demand attention. We need to change how we think about and define these populations, how we engage and mobilize transnational communities, and how we work collectively to reduce persistent health and social inequities.

This year’s regional session will highlight emerging realities, threats, and opportunities to build a coordinated global HIV response for ABD and migrant populations.

Get to know some of our Regional Session speakers

Wangari shares some of her experiences as a community health researcher and HIV activist working with African, Caribbean and Black women in Toronto, Canada through a digital story.

Paul was a plenary speaker at the 2012 International AIDS Conference; he shares his story and gives us a glimpse into his work as an activist and physician as he explores the “Dynamics of the Epidemic in Context”

More recently, Paul personally experienced the intersections of migration and human rights when he was arrested and detained at O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa in February 2014. The advocacy work of many local organizations helped prevent Paul’s deportation to Uganda.

Phill, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, was recently on the Katie Couric Show where he discussed the disproportionate impact of HIV on African-Americans and how stigma, discrimination, and unequal access to healthcare are barriers to an AIDS-free generation.

 African Diaspora Networking Zone: Under the Baobab Tree

Baobab_NWZAttending the Global Village activities is Free!

The full schedule of programming is available here:

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Also known as ‘The Tree of Life’, the Baobab tree is found in 32 countries across Africa as well as in Australia and is an enduring symbol of positivity and growth, thriving in conditions where little can survive. The African diaspora is even more widespread, as people of recent and remote African descent have settled in every region of the globe to create vibrant communities in the face of individual and collective challenges – including HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately affects Black and African diaspora populations in Western Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Middle East and Australasia. The African Diaspora Networking Zone is a space for dialogue, discovery and action towards a more coordinated global response to HIV/AIDS amongst African diaspora and migrant communities around the world.

The zone will be a space for dynamic and engaging dialogue and action planning for conference participants and members of the general public who are working with people and communities of African descent.

The networking zone is hosted by the Multicultural Health and Support Service (MHSS), in partnership with the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), and the African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV/AIDS (ABDGN), and with the advice of AFAO’s African Reference Group.

  1. winston husbands says:

    I’m impressed. Keep it alive!

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