Sexual and reproductive health

Linkages between sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV

Meetings and conferences

Male Involvement in the Elimination of Mother‐to‐Child Transmission of HIV

August 2011

Between 24‐26 August, 2011, the Government of Rwanda joined with WHO and UNAIDS, with the participation of UNICEF and UNFPA, to co‐host a consultation on the engagement of men in PMTCT. This meeting was motivated by the publication of the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015, and Keeping their Mothers Alive, prepared by UNAIDS and partners, and launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki‐ Moon in June 2011 at the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

Consultation to Discuss Country Implementation of the Rapid Assessment Tool for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages

December 2010

During 1-3 December 2010, a Consultation to Discuss Country Implementation of the Rapid Assessment Tool for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages was co-hosted by IPPF, UNAIDS, UNFPA and WHO, in collaboration with the other key partners that led the development of the tool (GNP+, ICW and Young Positives). The Consultation involved participants from: 16 countries that have implemented the tool; 9 countries that plan, or have started, to implement the tool; and regional and international partners.

The Pregnancy Intentions of HIV-Positive Women: Forwarding the Research Agenda. March 2010

The conference brought together a multidisciplinary group from six continents engaged in HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights work. This conference report synthesizes current knowledge and discussions related to the four conference themes and five cross-cutting issues, identifies points of consensus and points of departure amongst participants, highlights suggestions for promoting multidisciplinary research in identified areas, and concludes with recommendations for future research.

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International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Best Practices, 15-18 November 2009, Kampala, Uganda

International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Best Practices. November 2009, Kampala, Uganda

A session on strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health, human rights and HIV (11 June 2009) was organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Makerere University's School of Public Health, in collaboration with other international and national partners, the international forum for scientific and programmatic exchange enabled the sharing of available findings and identification of knowledge gaps, as well as using new knowledge to transform development policy.

Family planning/HIV Technical Meeting. November 2009, Addis, Ethiopia

The purpose of this meeting was for relevant country partners and Ministry of Health staff to review evidence and achievements, share experiences, become oriented to new tools and resources (such as the FP/HIV Strategic Considerations and the SRH/HIV Rapid Assessment Tool), and to discuss strategies for strengthening integration efforts with an emphasis on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and scaling up.

The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (APCSRHR). October 2009, Beijing, China

The theme of the conference was "Working for Universal Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights: Building on the ICPD programme of action and the MDGs." This conference provided a common platform for all stakeholders to exchange experience and discuss strategies in the reproductive health fields in Asian Pacific countries. www.5apcrshr.org

XIX FIGO World Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO 2009). October 2009, South Africa

The different themes during Congress focused particularly on improving women's health in Africa. www.figo2009.org.za. The scientific programme comprised seminars, “meet the experts” sessions, debates, plenaries, discussions on new technology, new developments in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics, updates and interactive sessions. In total, over 200 sessions featured over 800 presentations covering a wide range of sexual and reproductive health issues. The congress was attended by over 8000 participants from all regions of the world.

USAID Consultation on Preventing Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). October 2009, Washington DC

This meeting discussed prevention of HIV infection in the general population, during pregnancy and the postpartum period as studies are emerging that incidence of HIV is 4 times higher during pregnancy. Discussions also reviewed continuum of care from antenatal care to the two-year postpartum period as opportune and entry points for integration between sexual and reproductive health and HIV.

Strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV: sharing evidence and best practices. September 2009, Gaborone, Botswana

The overall goal of this workshop was to define and strengthen actions needed at country level to improve sexual and reproductive health and HIV linkages. The outcomes emphasized in-country follow up actions including recommendations on activities that could be included within HIV proposals submitted to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Workshop on expanding linkages between HIV/STI services and reproductive, adolescent, maternal, newborn and child health services. July 2009 / Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The workshop brought together representatives from both HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) and reproductive health programmes from pilot countries and other selected countries to share experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of the linked response, especially in expanding the "Guilin Framework" – an Asia-Pacific operational framework for linking HIV/STI services with reproductive, adolescent, maternal, newborn and child health services.

2009 HIV/AIDS Implementer's meeting. June 2009, Windhoek, Namibia

The conference’s theme this year was “Optimizing the Response: Partnerships for Sustainability.” It recognized the importance of a sustainable global AIDS response, on optimizing the impact of prevention, treatment and care programs; enhancing programme quality; promoting coordination among partners; and encouraging innovative responses to the pandemic. 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting

Second Meeting of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Linkages. June 2009, Geneva - Switzerland

To discuss areas of work, experiences and lessons learnt in the context of strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV; and outline gaps, needs and challenges as well as prioritize actions to be taken by partner agencies at international, regional and national levels in the area of linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV.

First Meeting of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Linkages, 23 October 2008, Washington DC, USA

Key stakeholders in SRH/HIV linkages form part of this newly established working group that includes civil societies, networks of people living with HIV, nongovernmental organizations, UN agencies and donor communities. The objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Discuss areas of work, experiences and lessons learnt in the context of strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV.
  • Outline gaps, needs and challenges as well as prioritize actions to be taken by partner agencies at international, regional and national levels in the area of linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV.
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