Saturday - Sunday
19 - 20 July 2014
Day 1: 9AM-5PM
Day 2: 9AM-12:45PM
On Both Days, Doors Open at 7:30AM
Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne VIC 3000
The MSMGF's Pre-Conference Planning Committee has worked to develop a Pre-Conference program that speaks to today's most pressing issues concerning MSM health and human rights. We are proud to announce the following program streams, each designed as a pair of consecutive 90-minute sessions taking place on July 19th.
DAY 1: MORNING PLENARY
Welcome and Opening Remarks
MSMGF Board Chairs
Victoria AIDS Council and Living Positive Victoria
Chris Beyrer, IAS President Elect
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS
The Bio-medicalization of the HIV Response: Implications for Community Involvement and Community Leadership among MSM and Transgender People
Peter Aggleton, Professor of Health and Education, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales
Reflecting on the Human Rights Situation in Africa: Living with HIV as a Young Nigerian Gay Man.
Michael Ighodaro, Intern, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
DAY 1: MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Strengthening Our Approach to HIV Prevention: Macro Perspectives and the Road Ahead - Part 1
In this two-part stream, community leaders, service providers, and researchers will discuss the possibilities and challenges of an ever-expanding approach to HIV prevention. The morning session will grapple with big picture questions and possibilities in the state of HIV prevention. What is the current state of prevention research and implementation? How do we alter conditions in which the majority of MSM worldwide still do not have access to condoms, lubricants, and testing? What roles do community groups, healthcare workers, and advocates play in ensuring that quality prevention services are accessible to everyone? We’ll also hear about the challenges and progress in prevention efforts with MSM in Africa, the state of HIV prevention for transgender men in Asia, and what it’s like to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and how this impacts public perceptions and social media discourse.
Ken Mayer, The Fenway Institute
Gus Cairns, NAM Publications
Bob Grant, Gladstone Institutes
Brian Kanyemba, Desmond Tutu AIDS Foundation
Joe Wong, Asian Pacific Transgender Network
Matthew Rodriguez, Thebody.com
The Intersection of LGBT Rights and HIV – Part 1
While establishing rights is important, it is not obvious that external advocacy at the global level will produce immediate positive results for LGBT people or people living with HIV in regions across the world. The aim of this breakout session is to explore the similarities, differences and synergistic potential between the LGBT rights, human rights and public health paradigms in the response to HIV from different regional and geographic perspectives. The session seeks to specifically interrogate the nature and implications of HIV and its intersection with LGBT people's ability to access resources within varying socio-political contexts, environments, and experiences.
Mandeep Dhaliwal, United Nations Development Programme
Yuri de Boer, COC Netherlands
Marcus Day, Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute
Georges Azzi, Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality
Ngoni Chibukire, SAfAIDS
Community Systems Strengthening (CSS): What is it, and Why Should We Care? – Part 1
Communities have long worked to preserve and promote the health of their members. Public health researchers, programmers, and funders are increasingly recognizing that community involvement is essential to improving health, especially among populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) framework further recognizes the need to support and strengthen community-specific responses to health needs. Missing from the CSS framework, however, is a consensus on its precise meaning (e.g., what is a community system and how can it be strengthened?) and a clear rationale detailing why it matters to community-based organizations and community members. This session will present parameters for defining CSS beyond solely enlisting communities to conduct public health work. It will consider why CSS matters and how the CSS framework can help to clarify the different roles of community-based organizations as useful mechanisms to increase the effectiveness of HIV interventions and improve the health of key populations, including MSM and transgender people.
Urooj Arshad, Advocates for Youth
Martin Choo, University of Malaya
Vijay Nair, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
James Robertson, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Zero Feet Away: Showcasing the Uses of Internet and Communication Technology in the HIV Continuum among MSM and Transgender People – Part 1
This session showcases innovative programs that utilize internet and communication technology (ICT) for HIV prevention. Panelists will describe the process in the context of design and implementation as well as measuring and monitoring success. Presenters will demonstrate how they designed and implemented their programs, with varying levels of technological availability and access, to different audiences and in vastly different rights environments across Asia and the Pacific, West and South Africa, and Latin America. #MSMTransTech is being used to document MSM and trans-related use of technology throughout the duration of the International AIDS Conference. Live tweeting, posting, linking, and documenting are encouraged!
Chris Walsh, Digital Culture and Education
Kent Klindera, the Foundation for AIDS Research
Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health
Yves Yomb, Alternatives-Cameroon
Joe Rich, New Zealand AIDS Foundation
Simon Cazal, SOMOSGAY
Nthabiseng Mokena, Transgender Intersex Africa
Health Systems Strengthening: Engaging Healthcare Providers to Promote the Sexual Health of MSM Worldwide – Part 1
In many settings around the world, positive health-related outcomes among MSM are highly correlated with comfort with a provider. By targeting the learning needs of healthcare providers, several training manuals and clinical guidelines related to improving healthcare services for MSM have been developed across high-, middle-, and low-income settings. Training programs targeted at providers should be designed to increase their knowledge, attitudes, and clinical skills. Training programs should leverage existing local resources, including community groups, and include a focus on measuring impact. This session will feature lessons learned from current training and engagement efforts with providers in diverse regions to help increase the quality, access, availability, and safety of sexual health services targeted at MSM and their sexual partners.
Stef Baral, Johns Hopkins University
Ryan Zahn, Johns Hopkins University
Lori Babcock, Heartland Alliance International Adam Bourne, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Isikeli Vulavou, Rainbow Pride Foundation Limited
Ed Ngoksin, Global Network of People Living with HIV
Annette Verster, World Health Organization
Building Effective Sexual Health Programs: What Implementers Should Know About Delivering Services for MSM – Part 1
This workshop will discuss optimal modes of delivering care for MSM with the aim of (1) reaching a common understanding of appropriate quality sexual health programs and (2) sharing strategies on how to build such programs effectively. It will feature a discussion on established principles of service delivery, such as availability, accessibility, and the safety and quality of services. This session will focus on how best to operationalize those principles in a variety of local contexts around the world.
Lisa Power, International AIDS Society
Kevin Rebe, ANOVA Health
Paul Semugoma, ANOVA Health
Helen Struthers, ANOVA Health
Addressing Funding Disparities: Keeping the Pressure Up! – Part 1
In low-and middle-income countries, a substantial amount of resources for the AIDS response comes from the largest bilateral, multilateral, and private philanthropic donors and from a country’s contribution to addressing its own epidemic. There is no reliable information on what proportion of these resources ultimately reaches MSM and transgender people. In an era of increasingly scarce resources for HIV and human rights, understanding the funding landscape for MSM and transgender movements is critical to the survival of community-based groups. This session seeks to unpack some of the major trends in HIV and human rights funding for MSM and transgender movements; to hear directly from donors about how they seek to invest for impact; to learn more about where funding is currently channeled; and ultimately, to enable donors and activists to learn from each other about where there is common ground, and how to best work together for maximum strategic impact.
Cameron Wolf, USAID
Michael Joyner, ViiV Healthcare
Pablo Aguilera, HIV Young Leaders Fund
Justus Eisfeld, Global Action for Trans* Equality
Ton Coenen, Aids Fonds
Community-Based Participatory Research: How to Walk the Walk, Not Just Talk the Talk – Part 1
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a partnership approach to research among community members, community-based organizations, and researchers and often includes others (e.g., funders, policy makers, and program developers). The aim of CBPR is to produce knowledge that is relevant to improving the health and quality of life of a given community’s members based on what is central to the needs identified by that community. In this session, panelists will describe the key features of CBPR and present some examples that illustrate its unique potential for advocacy, community mobilization, and the development of relevant evidence-based health programming.
Judith D. Auerbach, Science & Policy Consultant
Matt Mutchler, AIDS Project Los Angeles
Johnny Tohme, M-Coalition
Ayden Scheim, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
Government Ratified Homophobia and Transphobia: Strategies for Confronting Punitive Laws, Stigma, and Discrimination – Part 1
Homophobia and transphobia are drivers of human rights abuses and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and people living with HIV. Stigma and discrimination take on many forms, including bullying, lack of access to education because of sexual orientation or gender identity, work discrimination, gender violence, hate crimes, and lack of access to healthcare and HIV services. This session will engage panelists from Cambodia, Nigeria, Lebanon, and Australia in a thoughtful discussion about the innovative and successful strategies they have implemented and the challenges they have encountered in seeking to confront stigma and discrimination in their countries. Panelists will share success stories, including program planning, implementation, and impact evaluation. Attendees will have an opportunity to share lessons learned, tools, and recommendations on successful strategies for confronting punitive laws, stigma, and discrimination.
Sally Goldner, Transgender Victoria
Saja Michael, Marsa Sexual Health Center
Bunthorn Kong, Cambodian National MSM and Trasngender Network
Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike, International Center for Advocacy on Rights to Health in Nigeria
Ethical Considerations around Data Collection and Sharing in Rights-Constrained Environments – Part 1
In order to ensure responsive programming, researchers, policymakers, and program planners are working to collect and use data to better understand the HIV epidemic among MSM. However, data use and sharing can be challenging in countries in which the rights of MSM and transgender people are threatened by punitive laws. Using case studies and an interactive design, the first session will draw upon participant feedback to identify where guidance is needed to ensure human rights protection, particularly in rights-constrained environments. Feedback collected from this first session will inform the design of an upcoming technical consultation with an aim to develop programmatic guidance that builds upon the 2011 document, Respect, Protect, Fulfill: Best Practices Guidance in Conducting HIV Research with Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Rights-Constrained Environments.
Richard Burzynski, UNAIDS
Anita Datar (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)
Amy Kay, CAMRISS International
DAY 1: AFTERNOON
Strengthening Our Approach to HIV Prevention: Local Perspectives and Lessons from Implementers on the Ground – Part 2
In this two-part stream, community leaders, service providers, and researchers will discuss the possibilities and challenges of an ever-expanding approach to HIV prevention. The afternoon session will feature providers discussing local prevention strategies and successes in New Zealand, India, Siberia and Australia. How are social marketing and condom campaigns adapting in light of the changing prevention landscape? How do we balance broad coordination with local specificity when implementing national HIV prevention plans? How are transgender communities mobilizing to strengthen rights and access? How is implementation changing our understanding of the HIV care continuum, from prevention to testing to treatment to care? What is it like to engage local communities in holistic approaches to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP)?
Ken Mayer, The Fenway Institute;
Gus Cairns, NAM Publications
Nick Lang, New Zealand AIDS Federation
Simran Sheikh, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Denis Efremov, Siberian Alternative Center
Olga Gorodetskaya, Siberian Alternative Center
Dean Murphy, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
The Intersection of LGBT Rights and HIV – Part 2
Asia-Pacific is a widely diverse region, encompassing high income and less developed countries; every form of government; and many major religions. While strides are being made at the global level on LGBT issues, this session seeks to imagine how far the LGBT community is able to access rights and resources within these varying socio-political-economic-religious contexts in Asia-Pacific, particularly exploring the impact on local HIV responses. Panelists from South and Southeast Asia will explore the similarities, differences and synergistic potential between the LGBT rights, human rights and public health frameworks in the response to HIV within the Asia-Pacific region.
Dennis Altman, La Trobe University
Abhina Aher, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Ed Ngoskin, Global Network of People Living with HIV
Jonas Bagas, TLF Share
Dédé Oetomo, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health
Community Systems Strengthening (CSS): Experiences vs. Expectations – Part 2
By acknowledging the key role that community involvement plays in health promotion, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, together with civil society organizations, and other development partners created the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Framework. This framework creates a mechanism to fund activities that strengthen the community response to the three diseases. These activities range from programs that create enabling environments for the delivery of health services to the monitoring, evaluation, and planning of healthcare services. However, successful applications to the Global Fund which include CSS activities have tended to focus more on service delivery and less on activities, such as advocacy.
We will clarify the intentions of the CSS framework by the Global Fund, highlighting the wide range of activities included in CSS. This session will also present case studies on successful funding applications and programs that have included CSS.
Carlos Oliveras, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition
Kate Thomson, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Turberculosis, and Malaria
Abina Aher, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Harry Prabowo, GLW-INA Network
#MSMTransTech: Documenting ICT Promising Practices, Strategies, and Approaches among MSM and Transgender People – Part 2
The session will launch the first collection documenting MSM and transgender use of technology in HIV prevention, research, advocacy, and education. Published by Digital Culture, & Education and authored by community leaders, the special issue takes a step forward in highlighting innovative methods of community-based organizations in their own voices. The panelists include co-editors and authors of the special issue who will discuss the special issue vision, development, as well as the mentorship component. The authors will discuss and present their ICT HIV interventions and talk about their own experiences with participating in the special issue. #MSMTransTech is being used to document MSM and trans-related use of technology throughout the duration of the International AIDS Conference. Live tweeting, posting, linking, and documenting are encouraged!
Cameron Wolf, USAID
Darrin Adams, Futures Group
Benjamin Hanckel, B-Change Foundation
Yves Calmette, ACON
Kim Green, FHI360
Nada Chaiyajit, TLBz Sexperts!
Health Systems Strengthening: Community-Led Strategies for Increasing Services to Transgender People – Part 2
This session will focus on community strategies for strengthening and equipping general health systems to respond to the unique healthcare needs of transgender people. The discussants will share good practice approaches on how best to increase the availability and accessibility of sexual health services for these populations in a range of facilities, namely, the private, public, and community/NGO sectors. Some key aspects of health systems strengthening will be raised, such as the need for community engagement, the role and support of local and national governments, the role and support of non-health stakeholders, the availability of comprehensive and quality sexual health services, the training of healthcare providers, and meaningful integration strategies that can bring these services to scale in the future.
JoAnne Keatley, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
Mauro Cabral, Global Action for Trans* Equality
Cecilia Chung, Transgender Law Center
Leigh Ann van der Merwe, S.H.E.
Annette Verster, World Health Organization
Joey Jolene, Asia Pacific Transgender Network
Reflecting Community Experiences Around Program Evaluation of Sexual Health Services for MSM and Transgender People – Part 2
In an era of dwindling resources, the need for an ongoing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of sexual health programs has become increasingly important. Additionally, articulating and communicating impact based on how programs have worked must be tied to applying the lessons learned as a means to shaping existing programs. While there are various M&E models in practice, stakeholders who implement sexual health programs for MSM and transgender people on the ground have not consistently prioritized M&E implementation or M&E capacity strengthening, regardless of local community participation. The role of communities in all aspects of the M&E process, while acknowledged, is not effectively operationalized effectively. This session will feature community experiences around program evaluation and will help describe the diverse roles that communities have played in such instances. It will help to inform the optimal role that communities could play in the M&E of programs and the strategies necessary to build M&E capacity among community-led groups serving MSM and transgender people.
Bram Langen, COC
Amitava Sarkar, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Martine de Schutter, Aids Fonds
Ana Cisnaros, Independent Consultant
Bryan Kutner, Independent Consultant
Joleen Mataele, Tonga Leiti’s Association
Addressing Funding Disparities: Keeping the Pressure Up – Part 2
In low- and middle-income countries, a substantial amount of resources for the AIDS response comes from the largest bilateral, multilateral, and private philanthropic donors and from a country’s contribution to addressing its own epidemic. There is no reliable indication of precisely what proportion of these resources ultimately reaches MSM and transgender people. When data is available, funding levels for MSM and transgender people in these countries are not commensurate with the epidemiological burden and needs of these populations. As the “golden era” of development assistance for health comes to a close, large bilateral and multilateral donors are increasingly pulling away from Middle Income Countries, and “re-focusing” aid on the poorest countries with the highest general HIV burden – to the detriment of concentrated HIV epidemics occurring within the borders of middle-income countries. This panel seeks to explore the impact of this trend in the donor landscape, and to strategize about advocacy tactics and action for the way forward.
Krista Lauer, Open Society Foundation
Marcus Day, Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute
Eric Fleutelot, Sidaction
James Robertsion, India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Gennady Roshchupkin, Eurasian Coalition on Male Sexual Health
Community-Based Participatory Research: How to Walk the Walk, Not Just Talk the Talk – Part 2
CBPR starts with a research topic of importance to a given community and is a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings toward achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities. This session will focus on practical considerations for developing collaborative research partnerships with an emphasis on beginning a collaborative process before the research question is defined and the funding secured as well as throughout the implementation, analyses, and dissemination processes.
Ben Plumley, Pangaea Global AIDS
Stefan Baral, Johns Hopkins University
Eric Castellanos, Collaborative Network for People Living with HIV
Joshua Kimani, Kenya AIDS Control Project/University of Manitoba/Sex Workers Operations Project
Government Ratified Homophobia and Transphobia: Strategies for Confronting Punitive Laws, Stigma and Discrimination – Part 2
Homophobia and transphobia are drivers of human rights abuses and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and people living with HIV. Stigma and discrimination take on many forms, including bullying, lack of access to education because of sexual orientation or gender identity, work discrimination, gender violence, hate crimes and lack of access to healthcare and HIV services. This session will engage panelists in a thoughtful discussion about the innovative and successful strategies used to confront stigma and discrimination in Paraguay, El Salvador, Vietnam, and Australia, including advocacy strategies to pressure governments to announce executive order to fight stigma and discrimination as well as the decriminalization of HIV. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their own successful experiences and have access to lessons learned, tools, and recommendations as to what makes a successful strategy for confronting punitive laws, stigma and discrimination.
Simon Cazal, Somos Gay
Dang Vuong Tran, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
Nicolas Rodriguez, ElSalvadorg.com
Aram Hosie, Reachout.com
Ethical Considerations around Data Collection and Sharing in Rights-Constrained Environments – Part 2
Mapping and size estimation exercises are conducted with the intention of increasing HIV program coverage and accessibility. These approaches are not always appropriate in countries that criminalize key populations. The second consultation within this stream will allow for a more in-depth discussion on programmatic mapping and size estimation. Group discussion will include brainstorming alternative methodologies that allow for continued advocacy for comprehensive services for marginalized groups while also ensuring their safety.
Richard Burzynski, UNAIDS
Anita Datar (Health Policy Project/Futures Group)
Amy Kay, CAMRIS International
Linkages for a More Effective HIV Response for MSM and Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific
This session will introduce the jointly delivered project by APCOM and AFAO in Asia-Pacific under the Regional HIV Capacity Building Program funded by DFAT. This was the first instance of direct targeting of MSM and transgender people by the DFAT project. The session will highlight organizational, technical, and advocacy capacities as important elements in an effective HIV response. It will introduce the tools developed and used by community networks in the region, including Rapid Assessment Apparatus (Rap App) and Dissemination Plan Template (D-Plate), to discuss the common organizational strengths and weaknesses in Regional, sub-regional and national HIV responses and how to effectively utilize the tools.
Chris Connelly, Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations
Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health
Rob Lake, Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations
Inad Rendon, Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health
Mohamad Shahrani bin Mohamad Tamrin, ISEAN- HIVOS
David Aye Myat Godwiller, Myanmar MSM Network
Phillip Salvador Palmos, Youth Voices Count
Resitara Apa, Pacific Sexual Diversity Network
DAY 1 AFTERNOON PLENARY
Transgender People in the Global Response to HIV
JoAnne Keatley, Center for Excellence on Transgender Health, Co-Chair, International Reference Group on Trans*, Gender Variant, and HIV/AIDS Issues
Amitava Sarkar, Training Officer, Pechan North Region Office, Co-Chair, International Reference Group on Trans*, Gender Variant, and HIV/AIDS Issues
Aram Hosie, Director, Research & Public Affair, ReachOut.com, Inspire Foundation
Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Tribute to Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)
Chutchai Dale Kongmont, Media Director, The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW)
Opening Remarks and Welcome
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, AIDS Council of New South Wales
John Berry, U.S. Ambassador to Australia (TBC)
Barbara Lee, U.S. Congresswoman, Representing California’s 13th District (home to the MSMGF’s headquarters)
Debra Birx, Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally
Reflections from the Field: Movement Building and Coalition Work across Key Populations
Eliot Albers, Executive Director, International Network of People Who Use Drugs
Ruth Morgan, Thomas, Executive Director, Global Networks of Sex Worker Project