Global HIV response depends on not leaving Indigenous Peoples behind

VANCOUVERJuly 4, 2018 /CNW/ – The International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) announces it will host the 7th Annual International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS July 21-22, and the Indigenous Peoples Networking Zone at the International AIDS Conference July 23-27, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), the International Indigenous HIV and AIDS Community (IIHAC) and other representatives from Canada, America, MexicoBoliviaChileGuatemalaAustraliaNew Zealand and more, will host topics ranging from harm-reduction regimens to leadership advocacy, clinical case presentations, lively panel discussions, keynotes, and cultural exchanges.

The Indigenous Pre-conference is themed around building bridges across the world and uniting the strengths of Indigenous Peoples in order for them to take their rightful place on the international stage. It is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples from all over the world and their allies to share wise and promising practices, learn from each other and build relationships across continents, cultures, traditions, and languages.

“This year’s event will challenge attendees to build bridges that ignite leadership, science and community partnerships to advocate for Indigenous Peoples and to empower Indigenous people to lead,” said Ken Clement, IIWGHA Co-Chair Canada. “Our aim is that with the meaningful engagement of Indigenous Peoples we will get the world working together – not only to address HIV in Indigenous communities, but also to serve our critical role in closing global target gaps.”

The Netherlands have been a long-standing champion of diversity and inclusion. Which will provide a stimulating space for collaboration, and in turn will give rise to a powerful Indigenous-led global response to HIV and AIDS. Amsterdam is also among the first cities to have reached the global 90-90-90 HIV targets.

“90-90-90 is not sufficient to stop ongoing transmission. Reaching Indigenous populations is the last mile to zero new infections and where the world’s biggest challenge remains,” stated Marama Mullen (Pala), IIWGHA Co-Chair New Zealand and IIHAC Chairperson.