AIDS 2020 workshops are grouped into three areas: community, leadership and science. These areas cover a range of content and teach specific skills that can be applied within the workplace or in life settings. The main purpose of the grouping is to guide delegates to workshops that will best correspond to their needs.
Experience shows that community involvement is an essential part of the response to combat the HIV epidemic. This series of workshops will showcase effective community empowerment programmes that are strengthening public health outcomes in HIV treatment, prevention, care and support. These workshops will emphasize the importance of building skills and capacity in relation to peer-driven programmes and services that are run “by and for” people living with HIV and key populations.
Participating in these workshops will enable delegates to broaden their knowledge and skills in mobilizing key populations and local communities to implement effective and sustainable programmes. By sharing the successes of global community responses to HIV, workshops will emphasize the importance of building partnerships and strengthening networks between civil society, policy makers and health professionals.
Workshops provide a platform for new and current leaders to learn innovative skills, which are critical for ensuring an effective response to the HIV epidemic. Delegates will develop and enhance their ability to assess and measure commitments and actions of leaders in their own communities.
The intention of these sessions is to provide practical advice on best practice and to challenge individuals and organizations to consider ways in which they go about developing leadership skills and accountability processes. The aim is to understand such practices and examine what outcomes are possible for an effective, transparent and coordinated HIV response.
Workshops enhance skills development and encourage collaborative learning around the latest scientific research, emerging technologies and breakthroughs in policy and programme in order to inform and guide the global response to the HIV epidemic.
Workshops in this category will serve to:
- Accelerate the scaling up of evidence-informed and combined approaches to HIV care, treatment and prevention
- Highlight excellence in biomedical, epidemiological, behavioural, social, economic, political and operational research, as well as in multidisciplinary science
- Discuss the impact of the HIV response on health and social systems, including the potential for effective HIV programmes to transform the response for today and for generations to come.