Unprecedented Innovations and Technologies: HIV and change

TRACKS:

Track 1: Clinical Science and bio-medical innovations, technologies and responses 

This track will cover bio-medical innovations, technologies and responses in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV & AIDS. It will explore HIV vaccines, PREP, microbicides, diagnostic tools, cure strategies and clinical care models. It will also explore complementary medicines, HIV co-infections, HIV co-morbidities, immunology/virology related isses, HIV transmission, viral fitness and the role of host factors and host genetics. The roles/supports that government, third-party sector organizations, funders, donors, community-based organizations and civil society at large can collaboratively play in fast-tracking clinical and biomedical advances will also be explored. 


Track 2: Possibilities and limits of big data - Epidemiology, mathematical modelling & Surveillance

Track 2 cover latest strategic information, research, debates, dialogues and projections on the epidemiology of HIV. Surveillance on hotspots and reaching epidemic control will be highlighted. Technological advances in mathematical modelling critical for accurately determining effective interventions that can reduce HIV transmission and incidence will be aired. Further, it will forecast the healthcare needs and interventions for those living with or affected by HIV. The track will review innovative models that can improve health outcomes especially for women, girls and adolescents in high-burden contexts.


Track 3: Implementation science: Technologies, innovations and methods for scaling up effective interventions

This track will explore lessons learned from innovative models of HIV prevention, care and retention in treatment. The track will profile effective service provision models i.e.  innovative models designed for resources constrained setting or designed with the National Health Insurance in mind. The track will also focus on the use of innovative technology solutions (mobile devices, phone apps, social media, online platforms, podcasts, chatbots, etc.) in prevention, linkage-to-care, and retention-in-care. This track will also explore community-led interventions/approaches for involvement of marginalized and vulnerable communities (women, youth, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and sex workers). 


Track 4: Social drivers of the epidemic: Society, race, class, culture, stigma, violence, diversity and challenges

This track will cover contemporary issues facing both individuals and society. It will focus on the social, structural, economic and personal aspects of HIV & AIDS that can act as barriers in reaching national, regional and global HIV & AIDS targets. This track will explore innovative approaches, technologies, and social networks. It will address issues such as poverty, race, class and gender and seek ways that can lead sustained social change. It will also critically evaluate interventions, targets and programmes that have been initiated by donors, the state and communities and assess what has made these to be successful or to fail or stagnate. It is the track that offers a critical lens to the epidemic and the societies and communities in which it is lodged. It will offer critiques of the bio medical interventions and seek ways in which social sciences can influence the success of bio medical interventions and create more effective partnerships. It will seek to inject new insights into how social aspects of HIV and AIDS may be more critically and effectively understood and implemented.


Track 5: Social Justice: Relationships and power – community, policies, laws, health systems, human rights, donor agencies and the state

This track will explore social, political, policy, economic and health systems issues that support or hinder the attainment of social justice in the HIV & AIDS field. It will focus on human rights, legal and policy reforms and advocacy that can influence social and political environments to secure rights, dignity and care for PLWHA as well as to address ongoing HIV stigma. discrimination and stigma against the LGBTIQ communities and access to services. The track will also explore what counts as evidence in seeking to secure Human Rights, diverse services and interventions and changes in policies as well as effective advocacy and activism.