Conference Tracks

Track 1: Emerging Good Practices among the Youth: Peer Education Programmes, and Community Engagement. What works and what doesn’t.

This track will focus on issues relating to a reflection on emerging good practices among the youth population in implementing HIV programmes through peer education as an implementation mechanism used in the post schooling sector. This track will allow for a detailed discussion on peer education programmes-as supported by partner organisations in the community at large.
This track will provide a platform for experts using emerging good practises in peer education programmes and communities to showcase evidence of successes and challenges in the implementation of such programmes. These relate to the use of such tools to increase HIV, STI, TB knowledge, modelling behaviour change techniques aimed at redressing such epidemics amongst a host of other socio-cultural-structural issues that drive the pandemic in the post schooling sector.

Track 2: Integrating HIV in the Post Schooling Curriculum

This track will allow for open engagement and critical debate on how integrating HIV/AIDS into the Higher Education and Training sector can help turn the tide of the HIV epidemic. The focus is on sharing the approaches used in the Higher Education and Training sector to integrate HIV/AIDS and related issues into the curriculum. The engagements should lead to finding contextually relevant approaches for developing graduates who are adequately skilled to address the essential determinants of HIV/AIDS in all sectors where they can influence change. Such young graduates will be able to contribute to the creation of inclusive and just communities to decrease stigma and social inequalities, the most fervent drivers of the pandemic. The papers presented will outline emerging good practices of curriculum integration of HIV into the curriculum from an intersectional perspective. This track will also cater for papers that address the alignment of the HIV curriculum to co-curricular programmes.

Track 3: Social, Structural and Health Systems to address drivers of HIV, STIs, TB among the youth population.

This track explores the social, structural and health systems issues that act as barriers or facilitators to an individual’s or community’s response to the HIV epidemic. Models of cross-sectorial interventions, as well as social change programmes to address amongst others gender based violence issues amongst risk factors, sexuality issues, men health, women health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention(binge drinking) programmes and as they impact on the epidemic will be explored-and how they affect the post schooling sector and education. Presentations relating to the link between HIV and related risk factors- alcohol, poverty, education, gender based violence, men health, women health and other socio-structural interventions in higher education sector will be discussed. The session will also equip the young generation in the education sector with entrepreneur skills.

Track 4: Ethics, Marginalization and the Protection of Human Rights

This track provides an opportunity for conference attendees to examine and share issues relating to marginalized groups such as sex workers, LGBTIQA, and their challenges and successes that relate to the AIDS epidemic. It offers the opportunity for marginalized communities to be center stage and engage with how the marginalization has affected the response to the epidemic and approaches to overcoming these challenges especially in the higher education sector.  The session will provide interventions relevant for prevention services, referral for HIV, STIs, TB treatment care and support.

Track 5: Emerging Good Practices: Communications, Social Media, and Community Engagement for Social and Behaviour Change and improved health outcomes.

This track focuses on examining effective social and behavioural programmes that engage young people in all their diversity through the use of the mass media. It explores mass media, community based approaches and social media, or a combination of these, to prevent HIV, unintended pregnancies, STI's and to promote youth development, with a particular focus on young people in the higher education sector and society in general. It will highlight innovative uses of print, radio, television, cell phone applications, and social media. It will identify principles for the development of communication, the efficacy of the theoretical underpinnings in the design of interventions, evidence of success and lessons learnt that can be built upon.

Track 6: Epidemiology, Prevention and Biomedical Interventions

Epidemiological and Biomedical advances covering HIV testing, prevention and treatment will be made. Prevention topics will focus on aspects of HIV, STIs, TB testing and screening mechanism, treatment (i.e., PreP) treatment as prevention, MMC) as well as early HIV testing and linkage-to-care for the youth. The link between TB, HIV, STI treatment and prevention will also be covered by this track. Given the central role of public health programmes in the higher education sector and community in general to provide prevention and treatment, presentations related to operational and implementation science will also be covered in this track.