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PlusNews Weekly Issue 221, 18 February 2005

1. SAfAIDS - African Regional Gender Mainstreaming Symposium

The Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) is hosting a southern African Regional Gender Mainstreaming Symposium in Swaziland from 5 - 7 April 2005.

Under the theme, 'Has mainstreaming become an outlived paradigm: is it protecting women and girls in the era of HIV and AIDS?', participants will examine the relevance, effectiveness and efficacy surrounding existing regional mainstreaming strategies, with a gendered and human rights-based approach to HIV and AIDS policy, law and programming initiatives.

SAfAIDS is calling for experts and resource persons, who would be willing to facilitate sessions or present papers on various topics.

For more information contact:
Rouzeh Eghtessadi or Joshua Chigodora
Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service
Tel: + 263-4-336194/3, 307898
Fax + 263-4-336195
Email: ,

2. OSI's TB/HIV advocacy grant competition: Request for proposals

The Open Society Institute (OSI) is calling for proposals to support projects aimed at improving local, national or regional policies and programmes on tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS co-infection.

This small grants competition is intended to support TB and HIV/AIDS advocacy work by organisations of people living with the HI virus, AIDS treatment advocates and activist community groups and regional networks in countries and regions affected by the dual epidemics.

Interested organisations should request a grant application form from the following contact:
TB/HIV Advocacy Grant Competition
Eleonora Jimenez
Project Assistant, Public Health Programmes Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
Fax: +1.646.557.2553




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