Press Release: IIWGHA Announces Lineup of Speakers for Durban AIDS Pre-Conference

International Indigenous AIDS Group Announces Lineup of Speakers for Durban AIDS Pre-Conference

Durban, SA (June 21, 2016) – The 6th International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS (IIPCHA) is proud to announce the programme lineup that supports this year’s theme Reclaiming Indigenous Voices: Our Lives, Our Health, Our Future in Durban. The pre-conference will run prior to the International AIDS Conference at Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on July 16-17, 2016.

Expected Guests/Speakers:

  • Honourable Canadian Minister of Health, Jane Philpott
  • Provincial Minister of Health KwaZulu-Natal, Dr. Sibongiseni Maxwell Dhlomo
  • Mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo
  • Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr. Luiz Loures

International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) is the host of the pre-conference and will lead daily interactive sessions on:

  • Traditional Medicine, Care, Treatment, Support & Prevention – traditional medicine, cultural practices and innovative programming.
  • Indigenous Identities, World Views and HIV – discussions around “Indigeneity” in the South African context.
  • Meaningful Engagement of Women and Girls – involvement of women and girls living with HIV and women working in HIV.
  • Leadership, Advocacy and Policy: Social and Structural Drivers of HIV – decisions that create barriers for Key Affected Populations most at risk of HIV.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ebenezer Durojaye, African Commission of Human Rights
  • Earl Nowgesic, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Marama Pala, International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS
  • Delme Cupido, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
  • Zodwa Masinga, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • John Meletse, Hearing Impaired HIV Activist

“The International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS is an opportunity for Indigenous peoples from all over the world to share wise and promising practices, learn from each other and build relationships across continents, cultures, traditions, and languages,” said Ken Clement, IIWGHA Co-Chair Canada.

Indigenous people living with HIV and AIDS, service providers, researchers, policy-makers, funders, and community leaders from all over the world, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous will come together in Durban, South Africa to celebrate, strategize and network on an Indigenous-led response to HIV AIDS.

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For over two decades Indigenous peoples and leaders around the world have worked together to form the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS to build a unified voice for Indigenous peoples in collective action against HIV and AIDS by creating partnerships with governments, Indigenous leaders, research bodies, and AIDS organizations. IIWGHA provides Indigenous leaders an outlet for sharing, exchanging, and gaining experiences and knowledge on HIV and AIDS to promote hope and change within their own communities.

Media Contact:
Shelley Mantei, Mediatonic PR