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9th IAEN Pre-conference

Investing in sustainable responses to HIV and AIDS


The 9th International AIDS Economics Network (IAEN) pre-conference which takes place 15-16 July 2016 will be hosted in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, IAEN, HEARD, UNAIDS, the World Bank, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Sida/Norad. The theme of the pre-conference is ‘Investing in sustainable responses to HIV and AIDS’ and will precede the Internal AIDS Conference to be held in Durban 18-22 July 2016.

The two day pre-conference event takes place immediately ahead of the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, to consider practical solutions to ‘Financing the Epidemic in the post-MDGs era’. While there are a number of initiatives globally working towards solutions, this pre-conference event serves a special purpose in bringing together Economic researchers and stakeholders including Ministers of Finance and Health, along with leading activists, practitioners and scholars to generate a shared understanding of the key issues and challenges, and to develop real options for sustainable financing for AIDS.

The two-day pre-conference event will include presentations of specially commissioned papers on the key questions for consideration and presentations by economic researchers funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct analyses in their own countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa). Other selected papers from an open call will be presented in thematic roundtable discussions/working groups/break away groups, or showcased as abstracts and posters. Open Call Contributions will be based on emerging evidence and lessons from HIV and economic analyses of recent years, with contributions sought from theorists, analysts, practitioners and affected communities to explore new options, models and partnerships for financing the future of the epidemic – particularly in low and middle income countries. Papers will feed into an issues paper to inform the plenary session.

The aim of this joint initiative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; IAEN; HEARD; UNAIDS; the World Bank; the University of KwaZulu-Natal; Sida/Norad, is to explore innovative, country-led approaches for supporting affected countries to prioritise, sustain and lead their national investments in HIV and AIDS responses. The related research will identify ways to create, optimise, and sustain fiscal space for HIV investment domestically, as well as explore innovative national and international financing mechanisms able to leverage allocated funds.

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