20th International AIDS Conference 20-25 July 2014 - Melbourne, Australia

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. AIDS 2014 is expected to convene over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries. It will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share the latest scientific advances in the field, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV.

Theme and focus of IFRC engagement

As the epidemic has shifted from an emergency to a sustained response, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is refocusing its efforts on community-based service delivery across HIV prevention, care and treatment. During the AIDS conference, the IFRC will emphasize the Red Cross Red Crescent commitment towards greater access to HIV testing and treatment for all. As we now have the tools to achieve universal access to HIV testing and treatment, we must unite around the principle that every person who needs HIV treatment should be able to receive it, including in fragile states and situations.

Our formidable strength is the capacity to undertake direct action at community and family levels, while building sustainable systems to strengthen integrated service delivery and community resilience overall. Our goal is to advocate for equitable access to treatment for everyone who needs it, especially the vulnerable, the marginalized and the criminalized: those who are the hardest to reach are among the people who need our help the most. Volunteers, embedded within communities throughout affected areas, play a pivotal role in helping to achieve this.

The IFRC will co-host two satellite events:

Fragile States: boosting community systems for an effective HIV response

When: Sunday 20 July 2014,  13:30 - 15:30 EST
Where: Room 104, Melbourne
What: The role of community systems and community health volunteers in achieving accelerated access to HIV prevention and treatment services in fragile states and situations

The event is co-hosted by UNAIDS, UNHCR, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and IFRC.

About the event

Strengthening the HIV response in fragile states is an imperative and remains one of the most significant challenges to progress towards meeting HIV targets. 17.1 million people living with HIV are located in fragile states and HIV incidence is four times higher than other countries. Communities and community health workers, including volunteers, refugees, and key populations represent a sustainable and critical resource to work with the formal health system in linking clients to available HIV services, mobilizing communities, reaching hard to reach populations, and monitoring, case identification and community surveillance. This satellite meeting will discuss the role of communities in the HIV context and response in fragile states:

Follow the event on Twitter: #FragileStates #AIDS2014

Community based service delivery: essential for achieving universal access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services. What works and what we need to do

When: Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 18:30 - 20:30 EST
Where: Clarendon Room D&E, Melbourne
What: community service delivery models in the HIV response

The event is co-hosted by GNP+, UNAIDS and IFRC.

About the event

In 2013, two in three treatment-eligible individuals were unable to access antiretroviral and half of people living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. In addition, nearly 50 per cent of those who are diagnosed as HIV-positive are lost to follow-up before they can be assessed for treatment eligibility . HIV testing and treatment must be accelerated through innovative models to expanded and sustainable access to HIV services. The community health workforce has the capacity to provide almost 40 per cent of HIV service-related tasks. This satellite meeting will discuss existing good practice, frameworks and guidance being developed to inform and drive future practice and collectively chart a course forward.

Follow the events on twitter: #UHC #AIDS2014. For more information, please contact: ombretta.baggio@ifrc.org / @ombaggio


IFRC HIV brochure: HIV, Rising to the challenge

Fragile states: useful resources

Blog: Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

Our partnership with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance

International HIV/AIDS Alliance: South Sudan case study

Satellite session’s invitation

Community-based service delivery

Case studies

Lao Red Cross: working in partnership with people living with HIV

Mobilizing community support for orphans and vulnerable children in Cambodia

Somali Red Crescent: Community health workers deliver live-saving healthcare services

The HIV Pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean Global Alliance on HIV in the Americas 2008–2012