Resultater og veien videre: Ti år med norsk svensk hiv/aids samarbeid
Celebrating 10 years of partnership: Results in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa
Since 2002, Sweden and Norway have collaborated on efforts in Africa to fight HIV and AIDS, and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through partnership with civil society, multilateral organisations, regional economic communities and research institutions, the Swedish-Norwegian collaboration has contributed to “turning the tide” on HIV in Africa.
Positive developments include a 25% reduction in new HIV infections between 2001 and 2011 (from 2.4 million in 2001 to 1.8 million in 2011) and that 7.5 million people are estimated to currently receive HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. Efforts to provide access to sexuality education, and to increase the availability of male and female condoms, contribute to improved sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through the support of the Swedish-Norwegian collaboration, more than five million orphans in eastern and southern Africa have been provided with psychosocial support, and grandparents and relatives who care for the increased number of orphans have been supported. Abuses of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons have been documented, and smaller LGBT-organisations have received support from larger networks.
Challenges remain, however, and Norwegian and Swedish authorities have decided to continue the collaboration through 2016. This will be celebrated by a seminar in Oslo focusing on the results and the lessons learnt of the first ten years or so of regional collaboration.
Date and time: 29 August, 12:00 – 14:00 (light lunch/refreshments served from 11:30)
Venue: Litteraturhuset , Oslo (Kverneland)
|12:00||Opening by Arvinn Gadgil, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Development, Norway|
|12:10||HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa 2002 – 2012: Trends and achievements. Sheila Tlou, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team Eastern and Southern Africa, South Africa|
|12:20||Value of regional collaboration: lessons learnt by Tine Johansson, Sweden (head of regional team from August 2013)|
|12:30||Galvanising the local. Working with communities to enhance accountability, by Lois Chingandu, SAfAIDS, Zimbabwe.|
|12:45||Health and rights: targeting marginalised groups and facilitating access for all – beyond 2015. Bjørg Sandkjær, Norad|
The way forward. Panel discussion facilitated by Anne Skjelmerud, Senior Adviser, Norad. Participants: Lois Chingandu (Director, SAfAIDS), Tine Johansson (Director, Regional team), Villa Kulild (Director, Norad) and Sheila Tlou (Director, UNAIDS RST ESA)
|13:55||Wrap up and close. Beate Stirø, Policy Director, Department of Climate, Global Initiatives and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|