CSOs Call for Participation in The Silver Zone at AIDS2022 Conference

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EATG supports The Silver Zone: A Networking Zone for Older Adults Living with HIV at the AIDS 2022 conference and joins partners in a call for participation:

In Partnership with

The National Association of People with HIV Australia (Australia)
UTOPIA_BXL (Belgium)
Let’s Kick ASS – AIDS Survivor Syndrome (USA)
National Minority AIDS Council (USA)
Black Women’s Learning Institute (USA)
Caribbean Regional Network of People Living with HIV (CRN+)
European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) (Europe)
School of Therapeutic Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)
Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le SIDA (Canada)
Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, Hunter College, CUNY (USA)
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto (Canada)
Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (International)

we are issuing this Call for Participation in

The Silver Zone: A Networking Zone for Older Adults Living with HIV

in the Global Village at the 24th International AIDS Conference
29 July – 2 August 2022
Montréal, Canada

Objective

Globally, the face of HIV is an ageing one. Although in supportive systems people are living longer with access to effective treatments, many older adults living with HIV and HIV Long-Term Survivors are coping with the lasting impact of untreated HIV, age-related comorbidities and loss. In the era of COVID-19 and “working to end the HIV epidemic”, many feel isolated and uncertain about the future.

The Silver Zone is a place for older people living with HIV to re-engage with the HIV community and follow the science on HIV and ageing; to feel included and celebrated.

The Silver Zone’s objectives are: 1) holding space for socialization and mobilization by older people living with HIV, increasing their visibility and building social capital; 2) increasing awareness of the strengths, support needs and experiences of diverse older adults living with HIV and building capacity among stakeholders who can support ageing well; and 3) increasing health literacy and capacity for self- and community-care among older people living with HIV.

Our agenda features both in-person and virtual activities:

  • Facilitated networking events for older adults living with HIV to share experiences, challenges, and strategies for ageing
  • Intergenerational dialogues to foster understanding among people living with HIV of all ages, and support the next generation of researchers, advocates, and clinicians in applying a life course perspective
  • Panel discussions to address evidence and implementation gaps that persist in various communities of older people living with HIV impeding full inclusion
  • An interactive installation to harness learning from COVID-19 and HIV; to understand the burden on older adults worldwide and translate lessons learned into recommendations to improve equity for older people living with HIV
  • Speakers will present evidence, garnered through lived experience and research, on factors affecting comprehensive well-being for older adults living with HIV

Who can apply?

We are calling for participation from grassroots and national NGOs, faith-based organisations, networks, researchers, institutions, civil society organisations, human rights organisations, rehabilitation organisations, providers of aging care, advocacy associations for older persons and other social justice organisations, as well as leaders in the field of HIV and aging from around the world to join us in advancing the above objectives.

In our networking zone, aging and older people living with HIV, researchers, advocates, service providers and conference attendees can come together to share experiences, learn from each other, and raise awareness of the intersection between HIV and aging.

Activities

We invite you to apply to host an activity related to HIV, aging and older persons including, but not limited to, the following types:

  1. Posters and presentations on strategies for ageing well with HIV
  2. Presentations and discussions on the intersections of identity, age and HIV
  3. Demonstrations of innovative advocacy or equity initiatives
  4. Display of art projects that highlight the intersections of HIV and aging
  5. Presentations of new research findings and evidence
  6. Interactive skills-building sessions and workshops
  7. Film screenings and digital storytelling
  8. Stories from aging and older adults living with HIV
  9. Presentation of policy papers and community resources
  10. Roundtable discussions with key stakeholders in the field of HIV and/or aging
  11. Intergenerational dialogues that apply a life course perspective to living with HIV
  12. Facilitated networking events for older adults living with HIV
  13. Interactive exhibits on the impact of COVID-19 on older adults worldwide

How to apply?

Complete and submit the application form by 3pm (ET) 10 June 2022 to Kate Murzin (). Your application form should include contact details and should not exceed 2 pages. You will be notified if your session has been accepted by 21 June 2022.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for presenters or participants. Organizers must find their own funding for travel to Montreal, Canada and all costs associated with participation in AIDS 2022.

For more information about the conference visit: www.aids2022.org   Entry to the Global Village is free and open to the public. It does not require the payment of a conference registration fee.

 

Source : Realize

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