Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
The theme of AIDS 2018 is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations, including in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the North-African/Middle Eastern regions where epidemics are growing. When HIV/AIDS first appeared as a public health threat in the 1980s, the Netherlands faced the challenge head on, embracing scientific evidence and working with populations that other countries marginalized and stigmatized. Visit the conference website for more information.
Rutgers will be part of the conference in several different ways. Together with other Dutch SRHR and HIV/AIDS partners, we're hosting the Dutch Booth. Visitors can learn more about the Dutch Approach, which recognises the importance of linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV.
Ahead of the 22nd International AIDS conference in Amsterdam, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Rutgers are leading the coordination of the first-ever pre-conference focussed on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Taking place on Saturday July 21 2018, this event aims to create a vibrant and inclusive platform on which to foster thematic learning and networking focused on this integration; facilitate global connections and Further unite HIV and SRHR responses.
Our Bodies, Our Fight
On Saturday, July 21 2018, a pre-conference titled 'Our bodies, Our fight: Uniting the movements for HIV/AIDS and safe abortion care' will be held at Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. Rutgers is part of the global partnership of safe abortion, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) organisations hosting this event. It brings together more than 200 prominent advocates and decision-makers across the HIV and safe abortion spaces to discuss shared strategies and strengthen joint advocacy to address barriers to rights-based health care – with a focus on the champion countries of Brazil, India and South Africa. Visit the pre-conference website for an overview of confirmed speakers and panels.