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PlusNews Weekly Issue 241, 8 July 2005

1. Conference Deadlines Extended

The Living with HIV Partnership will this year be combining the international conference of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) with the international Home and Community Care Conference (HCC) and will take place as the LIVING2005 conference in Lima, Peru, from 9-13 October 2005.

LIVING2005 is a conference for policy and practice in working with and caring for HIV-positive people worldwide, led by civil society, and provides a unique platform for community-level leaders to share and develop.

The Living with HIV Partnership is a new consortium, which consists of the Global Network of People living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+), the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations (ICASO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNAIDS, and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Organising committees of LIVING2005 have decided to extend deadlines for scholarship applications and submitting abstracts by three weeks.

Please note the following deadlines:


- Online Submissions: 29 July 2005
- Submissions by mail: CLOSED


- Online only: 29 July 2005


- Online registration: 26 September 2005
- Registration by mail/fax: 9 September 2005

2. Gender and HIV/AIDS Training Course

The Centre for African Studies (CAFS) will be holding a training course entitled 'Promoting Gender and Rights in Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS' from 24 October to 11 November 2005.

CAFS is a regional collaborating centre of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its worldwide effort to improve the quality and scope of reproductive health. Launched in 1996, 'Operationalising Cairo and Beijing: A Training Initiative in Gender and Reproductive Health' is a collaboration of the WHO Secretariat, the South African Women's Health Project of the University of Witwatersrand and the Harvard School of Public Health.

The training initiative offers a three-week core curriculum in gender and rights in reproductive health and HIV/AIDS for senior programme managers, planners and policymakers. The course uses a unique format of core modules and regional case-material. The content has been adapted to highlight regional priorities and current controversies in diverse countries in relation to the Millenium Development Goals and Beijing Plans of Action in the context of HIV/AIDS.

Course focus:

  • The gender concept and reproductive health
  • Gender analysis
  • Gender policy approaches
  • Social determinants of health
  • Gender mainstreaming in RH and HIV/AIDS programmes
  • Health systems analysis
  • Sexual and reproductive rights
  • Gender and HIV/AIDS

This course is ideal for senior- and middle-level programme managers, planners, and policymakers from public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. Researchers and trainers with interest in gender and reproductive health can also benefit from the course.

For more information:
Isabella Chege
Centre for African Family Studies
Pamstech House, Woodvale Grove, Westlands
PO Box 60054 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: +254 20 4448621

3. Planning the Future: A Booklet for Families and Communities

JSI (John Snow International) Europe and SAfAIDS (Southern African HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service) have released a new publication entitled, 'Planning the Future: A Booklet for Families and Communities'.

The booklet aims to reach HIV positive spouses and parents, their children, extended family members, and standby guardians while the family is still in a position to plan for the future. The booklet addresses the continuum of care for children that starts at the time of parental diagnosis or illness and continues through parental death and orphanhood. The booklet contains information on disclosing HIV status to children, appointing standby guardians, creating 'memories', inheritance laws, writing wills and transferring property, accessing social services, and obtaining key legal documents.

While much of the information is specific to the Zimbabwe context, the general guidelines can be useful wherever there are children affected by AIDS.

The booklet can be downloaded from - Publications section. If you experience any difficulty downloading this resource, contact SAfAIDS for a hard copy, informing them that you are unable to download the booklet.

PO Box A509, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 4 336193/4; 307898
Fax: +263 4 336195


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