Conference focusing on HIV prevention and human rights

High level experts and policy-makers from all over the world will meet in Berlin on 21 November to take stock of what has been achieved so far and map out what can be done in the future to fight HIV and AIDS.

The Conference “Health.Right.Now. HIV prevention without barriers“ will focus on how HIV can more effectively be prevented addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights, education and harm reduction among injective drug users issues and how involvement of people living with HIV and key populations at risk of HIV in developing and monitoring policies and services can be strengthened.

The role of the education sector and comprehensive sexuality education will be highlighted and discussed during the discussion forum “Prevention starts with education – the right to know about HIV, sexuality and reproductive rights” which will be chaired by Gunta Lazdane from WHO Regional Office for Europe.

The Conference is hosted and organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Health in Germany and marks the 25th anniversary of Germany’s involvement en the international response to fight HIV and AIDS.

This is in line with the new European health policy “Health 2020” aiming to strengthen health systems, revitalize public health infrastructures and institutions, engage the public and a range of health actors, and develop coherent and evidence-based policies and governance solutions capable of tackling health threats and sustaining improvements over time.