So this one is so new and hot that it hasn't even happened yet. On June 10th of this year H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia, will welcome more than 1,500 HIV/AIDS implementers from around the globe at the opening of the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting in Windhoek, Namibia.
The five-day meeting will be hosted by the Government of Namibia, and co-sponsored by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); UNICEF; the World Bank; the World Health Organization; and the Global Network of People Living with HIV. Namibia was selected to host the 2009 conference in recognition of the country’s leadership in fighting HIV/AIDS.
This year’s conference theme is “Optimizing the Response: Partnerships for Sustainability.” From June 10-14, the meeting will bring together practitioners from around the world to discuss best practices and lessons learned during the implementation of multi-sector HIV/AIDS programs. The program will focus
on boosting the impact of prevention, care and treatment programs; enhancing program quality; promoting coordination among partners; and encouraging innovative responses.
With the goal of building a sustainable response to the pandemic, the meeting will allow implementers to share information that will directly impact their programs in the upcoming year.
The conference is the only meeting of its kind focused specifically on HIV/AIDS program implementation.