30 November 2009
03 December 2009
Hosted by :
Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng
SAHARA plans to hold a 4-day conference on 30 November – 3 December 2009 in Gauteng province, South Africa. The conference was to have been held in June 2009, but due to funding constraints has had to be postponed.
The conference will be held in collaboration with major partners including the HSRC, UNAIDS, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), SADC, UNESCO, and AU institutions (including NEPAD).
The 2007 SAHARA conference held in Kisumu, Kenya highlighted the fact that there are vastly different opinions on issues such as male circumcision and homosexuality. The 2009 conference will thus have the theme “socio-cultural responses to HIV” in order to explore these controversies.
The overarching objective of the conference is to share information and best practices relating to the social aspects of HIV/AIDS. Specifically, it seeks to:
About 500 delegates from around Africa and the world are expected to attend, including:
Conference website: conference.sahara.org.za
Why this conference?
The SAHARA conference has a very specific focus, the social aspects of HIV – that is the social and cultural aspects of the epidemic (as opposed to the bio-medical ones).
An important feature of the conference is its strong Africa focus. So often, Africa is analysed and spoken about by people outside the continent. A real effort is made to provide a forum for African voices, and for local responses to be highlighted.
The networking opportunities at this conference are thus unique in that it provides a platform for African scholars to interact.
The 4th conference highlighted the fact that there are vastly different opinions on issues such as male circumcision and homosexuality. The 2009 conference will thus have the theme “socio-cultural responses to HIV” in order to explore these controversies.
Call for abstracts
SAHARA is now calling for abstracts. Authors should submit abstracts online by 18 September 2009.
All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Thereafter confirmations of acceptance for oral or poster presentations will be made.
Track 1: HIV surveillance (Dominant and alternative approaches)
Track 2: Drivers of the epidemic: (Including socio-cultural determinants)
Track 3: Prevention (Including facilitating and inhibiting social and cultural factors)
Track 4: Treatment, care and support
Track 5: Application of research evidence
30 November to 3 December 2009:
Gallagher Estate, Midrand, South Africa.
The conference registration fee is R3,200 + VAT for South African delegates, and US$420 for non-South Africans.
Please visit the conference website: http://conference.sahara.org.za to register.
Tamlynne Wilton, Foundation for Professional Development