The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) will host its sixth Controlling the HIV Epidemic Summit on May 3-4, 2018, at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
The summit is sponsored by IAPAC in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG).
This year’s Summit will reflect a pathway towards the Sustainable Development Goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. In support of connecting the dots between attaining the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets and controlling the HIV epidemic, the Summit will allow clinicians, researchers, public health specialists, public policy makers, government officials, donor agency managers, and civil society representatives to more clearly define what we mean by “controlling the HIV epidemic” – including sufficient nuance to allow for the heterogeneity of the AIDS response. In addition, the Summit will examine proposed new metrics for assessing progress in national, subnational, and municipal HIV epidemic responses.
Moreover, the Summit will serve as a forum for the presentation of country experiences in fast-tracking the scale-up of HIV services, including within the context of other health conditions, notably tuberculosis. Clinicians, researchers, public health policy-makers, government officials, donor agency managers, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders will also explore ways of generating demand for and increased access to and utilization of HIV testing, prevention, care, and treatment services, including breaking down structural and other barriers across age, sex, geography, and key populations.
The Summit will be co-chaired by Ilona Kickbusch, PhD (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland) and Kenneth Mayer, MD (Fenway Institute, Boston, MA, USA). Confirmed faculty members as of March 20, 2018, include:
Jeffry Acaba (Action for Health Initiatives, Quezon City, Philippines)
Solange Baptiste (International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Amb. Deborah L. Birx (Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Washington, DC, USA)
Alexandra Calmy (Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland)
Nazneen Damji (UN Women, New York, NY, USA)
Peter Ghys (UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland)
Brun Gonzales Aguilar (Espolea, Mexico City, Mexico)
Jennifer Hoy (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
N. Kumarasamy (YR Gaitonde Centre for Research and Education, Chennai, India)
Timothy Martineau (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Geneva, Switzerland)
Svetlana Moroz (Eurasian Women’s AIDS Network, Tbilisi, Georgia)
Mark Nelson (Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, England)
Alessandra Nilo (Gestos, Boa Vista, Brazil)
Carol Ngunu-Gituathi (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
Gillian Nkhalamba (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Lilongwe, Malawi)
Nitika Pant Pai (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Anastasia Pharris (European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control, Solna, Sweden)
Midnight Poonkasetwattana (Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health, Bangkok, Thailand)
Peter Sands (Global Fund to Tight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland)
Chhim Sarath (Cambodia Cares, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Laurel Sprague (Global Network of People Living with HIV, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Bryan Teixeira (European AIDS Treatment Group, Brussels, Belgium)
Carole Treston (Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Washington, DC, USA)
Tana Wuliji (World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland)
Anna Zakowicz (AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The Summit will include plenary sessions and panel discussions on the following topics:
- “Controlling the HIV Epidemic” – What Do We Mean?
- Actioning HIV Epidemic Control – PEPFAR’s 13-Country Strategy
- Ending AIDS – Overview of Existing Global and Regional Metrics
- Setting Metrics for Success – Are We Measuring What Matters?
- “Business Unusual” – Finding and Testing the HIV Unawares
- Long-Acting Antivirals – Where Are We Headed? Are We Ready?
- Reaching 90% of People at Risk of HIV with Comprehensive Prevention
- Integrating PrEP with Early Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation
- Differentiated Care – Improving Engagement and Retention in HIV Care
- Factoring the Impact of Widespread Access to Generic HIV Drugs
- Optimizing the Global Health Workforce to Control the HIV Epidemic
- Strengthening Community Engagement across the AIDS Response
- A Global Compact for Ending HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination
- National and Subnational Experiences
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Western and Eastern Europe
- Americas and the Caribbean
- Which Scale-Up Strategies/Programmatic Mixes are Most Cost Effective?
- Who is Going to Lead and Finance Efforts to Control the HIV Epidemic?
- Controlling the HIV Epidemic – Setting Our Sights High
Summit registration is free-of-charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration closes April 20, 2018.