International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS – IIWGHA

6th International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS – IIPCHA

The IIPCHA Call for Abstracts is extended until MAY 20, 2016!

What will you share at IIPCHA?




Leadership is Key to Addressing HIV in Indigenous Communities!

Special invitations to IIPCHA have been sent to government leaders who have a role to play in addressing HIV in Indigenous communities in Southern Africa. As well, we can confirm that the Canadian Minister of Health is invited to attend and is expecting to make time in her schedule to join us at the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS to bring a special message.

Engaging leadership is essential to sustaining an appropriate response to HIV in all communities, and Indigenous communities in particular are made more vulnerable to HIV under poor leadership. The alternative is also true great leadership impacts communities through creating a culture resilient against HIV vulnerabilities.

Weaving together the stories of Indigeneity and HIV in Southern Africa – reclaiming Indigenous voices.


Who is leading in your part of the world? Who is addressing HIV in your community?

We are starting to talk about these things on Twitter and Facebook! Join in the conversation – reclaiming Indigenous voices!


Please print and post or copy and post IIPCHA posters or postcard – they feature rock art of the Khoi and San people of Southern Africa, who are one of many Indigenous peoples of the region.


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Printable online Abstract Submission Form ! Abstracts open until May 20, 2016!

Complete an online Registration Form or use this downloadable Registration Form!

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Pre-conference objectives

-To define the term “Indigenous” in the Southern African context and to explain the importance of the Indigenous connection to a traditional land base, their displacement from that land and how the laws displacing Indigenous people result in them being left behind.

-To facilitate Indigenous Peoples solidarity and strengthen the growth of an Indigenous-led response in Southern Africa by providing a reliable venue for dialogue about barriers, lessons learned, Indigenous realities and wise practices leading to the sharing of effective strategies and tactics such as approaches to community mobilization, advocacy and activism with the Indigenous Peoples worldwide.

-To emphasize a primary focus on Indigenous women and girls living with HIV and women working in HIV recognizing the multiple leadership roles that women have been traditionally championing in the community response to HIV. Women were there from the beginning!

-To engender more community dialogue and sharing of experiences of engaging with stigmatized Key Affected Populations (KAPs), including but not limited to: Indigenous men who have sex with men, transgender, people who use drugs, people involved in sex work, people who are or have been incarcerated, children born with HIV, people with mental health issues and people with disabilities, in the spirit of “no one left behind.”

-To generate a global consensus statement (declaration) within the conference of Indigenous inclusivity that strengthens the global response by demonstrating the momentum created when Indigenous activists, advocates, academics, political leaders join together around the globe.





IIWGHA Co-Chairs will be in DurbanWill you join us there?!


As members of the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS Planning Committee, we invite you to gather with us  as we weave together stories of Indigeneity and HIV in Southern Africa – reclaiming Indigenous voices.

6th International Indigenous HIV and AIDS Pre-Conference to AIDS 2016

All of our Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations are invited to join us at the 6th International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS. We will convene in Durban, July 16-17, 2016! 


Indigenous people living with HIV and AIDS, service providers, researchers, policy makers, decision-makers, funders, and community leaders from communities all over the world, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous only come together in an international gathering every two years!


It is always transformative to reconnect with all of our global relations at the International Indigenous Pre-Conference. 


This AIDS 2016 affiliated pre-conference is an opportunity for Indigenous peoples from all over the world to share wise and promising practices, learn from each other and build relationships across continents, cultures, traditions, and languages. This year will be highlighting the Indigenous peoples from of Southern Africa to explore the context of Indigeneity and HIV in their regions and communities


The 2016 Pre-Conference thematic focus is
Reclaiming Indigenous Voices: Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. 


Weaving together stories of Indigeneity and HIV in Southern Africa – reclaiming Indigenous voices.

Providing a forum for innovative knowledge exchange, reviewing current trends, presenting promising and wise practices, and exploring connections, a central theme to be explored at the 2016 Pre-Conference will be Indigeneity in Africa. International frameworks and human rights mechanisms will be highlighted as tools to assist in addressing HIV and AIDS in Indigenous communities around the world. Unique and culturally appropriate wise-practices in HIV and AIDS will be explored with the aim to improve the response to HIV and AIDS in Indigenous communities.


Always vibrant and spirited, our local South African hosts delegates can expect cultural presentations, ceremonial experiences, and story-sharing opportunities to be integrated into the Pre-Conference program.


Please find our Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission Forms below – complete them and email them to

The IIPCHA Call for Abstracts is open until MAY 20, 2016.


Printable online Abstract Submission Form !


Complete an online Registration Form or use this downloadable Registration Form!


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International Indigenous Working Group On HIV And AIDS

Learn about our efforts to prepare for AIDS 2016

AIDS 2016 provides us an opportunity to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward in our response to HIV.

The AIDS 2016 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

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