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Changing The River's Flow Summit


In April 2010, SAfAIDS, together with collaborating partners hosted a unique and highly successful conference under its ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ programme. The two-day conference provided a platform for over 150 participants from Africa and beyond to interrogate the linkages between culture, gender-based violence, women's rights and HIV.


This year, SAfAIDS is pleased to announce that it will host a second ‘Changing the River's Flow’ event, a Summit which will be held under the theme Sexual and Reproductive Health and Cultural Practices: A Linking, Learning and Sharing Platform for Interrogating HIV, Gender-based Violence and Maternal and Child Health Interventions in Southern Africa’.


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The Summit will provide a platform for participants to learn and share evidence on successful models, strategies and approaches for innovating and integrating HIV prevention, gender and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions in southern African communities.  Presentations will focus on the following key thematic areas:

  1. Engaging traditional leadership and custodians of culture to address the linkages between HIV, culture, women’s rights and gender-based violence.
  2. Improving monitoring and evaluation of HIV, gender and SRH interventions at community level.
  3. Addressing sexual harassment in diverse social settings.
  4. Scaling up prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
  5. Engaging young people and adolescents, including young people living with HIV, in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes and interventions.
  6. Implementing user-controlled HIV prevention technologies: possibilities in communities in southern Africa (for instance the use of cell phones in enhancing maternal and child health, and in monitoring and reporting gender-based violence).
  7. Mobilising communities to scale-up testing and treatment as a form of HIV prevention.
  8. Strengthening community capacities to engage with biomedical or social behavioural approaches for preventing HIV and gender-based violence.

For more information, click here or contact Summit Coordinator at:


or Telephone:             +27-12-3610889       or Fax: +27-12-3610899

SAfAIDS Regional Office


South Africa




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