3rd National Conference on Peer Education, HIV and AIDS (3rd NOPE Conf. on P.)

Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre - KICC

Location: Nairobi, Kenya, Kenya

Event Date/Time: Jun 18, 2008 End Date/Time: May 20, 2008
Registration Date: May 30, 2008
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 28, 2008
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Description

INTRODUCTION
The National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) is an NGO that was registered in Kenya in 2001 and granted international mandate in July 2007. NOPE has become one of the leading organizations in HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Kenya particularly in Behaviour Change Communication.

NOPE develops and markets a range of professional services and technical assistance to companies, NGOs and other organizations. The technical assistance focuses on development and management of comprehensive HIV and AIDS programs, including peer education. Through these products and services, NOPE generates funds to support some of its programs and does not exclusively depend on donor funds.

NOPE has played a leading role in increasing the scope of peer education from isolated, project-based activities to a more comprehensive program, using innovative approaches.
From 2003 to 2006, NOPE was an implementing partner of the IMPACT project, funded by USAID through Family Health International. Currently NOPE is a strategic partner in the AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) project funded by USAID and led by Family Health International in Coast and Rift Valley provinces. NOPE is responsible for youth and workplace programs.

NOPE organizes biannual conferences that provide an opportunity for stakeholders in HIV/AIDS and peer education to share experiences and best practices on selected thematic areas. The 3rd National Conference on Peer Education, HIV and AIDS will be held from 18th – 20th June 2007 and is expected to bring together over 1000 delegates, local and international. The theme of the conference will be ‘STIGMA, LET’S ACT NOW!’

CONFERENCE BACKGROUND
All over the world, the AIDS epidemic has had a profound impact on individuals, communities and businesses. This impact has made it increasingly necessary for individuals to group together in solidarity to fight denial, and to offer support and care to people living with HIV and AIDS. On the negative side, HIV/AIDS has caused the stigmatization and ostracizing of individuals by their loved ones, their families and communities
Peer education is one of the most effective ways of imparting knowledge and skills on sexuality, HIV and AIDS among different target populations. This is because peers have the power to influence attitudes and shape the behavior of others with whom they share certain characteristics. This conference proposes to address the problem in detail and identify tangible solutions through information exchange and providing a platform for experience sharing.

THE GOAL OF THE CONFERENCE
The goal of the 3rd National Conference on Peer Education, HIV and AIDS is to promote the role of peer educators and other stakeholders in the elimination of stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV and AIDS.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
i) To explore the extent and effects of stigma and discrimination against PLWHA in Kenya and the region
ii) To create awareness on the Kenya HIV and AIDS Bill and other existing legislation on stigma and discrimination and the role of policy makers
iii) To provide a forum for peer educators from different target groups to share their experiences and lessons learnt from their programs in relation to stigma and discrimination
iv) To provide a forum for companies and insurance companies to highlight their progress and challenges to reducing stigma and discrimination in the workplace
v) To identify best practices on stigma reduction and promote them among delegates for replication
vi) To explore ways of improving existing networks and linkages for improved access to HIV testing, prevention, treatment, care and support services.
vii) To draw recommendations, resolutions and the way forward for strengthening the role of peer educators in the elimination of stigma and discrimination.


KEY SUB- THEMES AND TOPICS OF THE CONFERENCE
• Legal frameworks: the role of the Kenya HIV and AIDS Bill in reducing stigma and discrimination.
• The role of the family in eliminating stigma.
• HIV and AIDS and issues of succession and inheritance.
• stigma and discrimination in relation to culture and tradition.
• Positive living/ living positively with HIV and AIDS.
• The role of Insurance companies in enhancing or reducing stigma and discrimination
• The impact of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination on persons with physical and mental disabilities.
• The impact of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination on other marginalized groups e.g. gay and lesbian groups, sex workers, etc
• HIV and AIDS in prisons and other areas of confinement.
• Workplace HIV and AIDS policies on stigma and discrimination.
• Privacy and confidentiality.
• The role of faith based organizations (FBO) in stigma reduction.
• Youth and stigma.
• Caring for widows, widowers and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
• HIV and AIDS and the rights of the child.
• Stigma and discrimination in health institutions.
• Equal access to anti- retroviral therapy (ART).
• Community challenges and efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination.

PRESENTATION METHODS
The conference will adopt the following presentation approaches:
• Plenary sessions with guest speakers and experts in technical areas.
• Parallel sessions on different topics. Delegates will have the option of attending sessions they consider most relevant to their programs. Demonstrations will take a maximum 30 minutes, followed by a facilitated discussion.
• Moderated panel presentation and discussions (15 minutes per presentation).
• Facilitated practical demonstrations on BCC & SBC approaches.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Abstracts on any of the above key sub-themes and topics are invited from peer educators, HIV and AIDS Program coordinators, program managers, experts, professionals, government officials and other interested individuals and/ or groups.

The abstract should include contact information and the main body should not exceed 300 words.
Please include the following information:
Title of the abstract:
Full name:
Organization:
Address:
Telephone contact:
Email address:
Preferred method of presentation:
Background information:
Description/ key finding:
Lesson learned:
Recommendations:

All abstracts must be submitted through email to abstracts@nope.or.ke
The deadline for abstract submission is 27th February 2008. Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.

EXHIBITION AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Organizations wishing to showcase their products and services will be provided with the opportunity to do so. Space is available on a first come first served basis. Please notify the Conference Secretariat for this in writing by 30th May 2008.

Venue

City Hall Way, Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi
Kenya
Kenya
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Additional Information

EXHIBITION AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS Organizations wishing to showcase their products and services will be provided with the opportunity to do so. Space is available on a first come first served basis at a fee of Kshs 6,000 per day (US$ 100). Please notify the Conference Secretariat for this in writing by 30th May 2008. REGISTRATION Delegates to the conference will pay Ksh. 6,000 per person (US$ 100 for non-residents). This fee caters for conference materials and meals. This amount does not include accommodation or transport. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own travel and accommodation. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for information on different accommodation facilities in Nairobi and the charges. The registration deadline is 30th May 2008. All payments shall be made in advance by Cash, Banker’s Cheque or Money Order made out to the National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) and forwarded to the Secretariat with the completed registration form. Payment may also be made directly by bank transfer to NOPE’s account (see details below). For more details please contact the Secretariat. National Organization of Peer Educators Barclays Bank of Kenya, Moi Avenue Branch, A/C No. 1174004