Strengthening Linkages Between Sexual & Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS Services
The 1st conference on STRENGTHENING LINKAGES BETWEEN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND HIV/AIDS SERVICES: THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE NEXUS
Theme: Taking the Lead: Challenges and Emerging Opportunities in Responding to Sexual Violence in East, Central and Southern Africa:'
Venue - Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya Dates: 29th September to 1st October 2008
Sexual violence is a primary public health concern and has implications for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in Africa. WHO (2002) has recognised the need for evidence based programming as an essential function for responding to sexual violence. Increasingly African countries are responding by implementing initiatives, policies and programmes to address sexual violence as an important factor in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Despite the growth in responses, there is insufficient information exchange, learning lessons and interactions between countries. HIV/AIDS interventions have provided a platform for engagement with sexual violence as a public health concern. However, there are limited linkages between HIV/AIDS interventions and Reproductive Health Programmes that form the basis for comprehensive care following sexual violence. Liverpool VCT, Care & Treatment (http://www.liverpoolvct.org/ ) is concerned with strengthening the continuum for HIV prevention, care and treatment. Strengthening linkages to reproductive health services is fundamental to improved quality of life.
This conference aims to utilize Sexual Violence as a nexus for interrogating and strengthening existing response and the inter-linkages between HIV/AIDS and reproductive Health. It aims to facilitate the development of synergistic relationships between policy makers, researchers, activists and practitioners from Government, academia and civil society in the East, Central and Southern African region through facilitating information exchange, sharing experiences and innovative approaches, developing consensus on current gaps and research needs while strengthening practice/service delivery strategies. As reflected in the conference theme, we aim to facilitate participants in taking leadership in identifying challenges and utilizing emerging opportunities for strengthening responses to sexual violence in Africa.