Can we as a constellation of connected people, groups and organizations who have experience with facilitating local responses, mobilize to share our experiences and results at the upcoming XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna? This is the challenge UNAIDS recently put to us. The invitation by UNAIDS signals a much greater openness to non bio medical approaches and related results.
Here is the catch: we need to submit as many abstracts as possible by February 10
. Please go ahead and submit abstracts with your experience using the Community Life Competence Approach and/or elements of it, such as Aids Competence, Self Assessment or SALT, Human Capacity for Response. Highlight results and measurable progress, for example through self-measurement of change.
The Constellation is not the only group of like minded people who believe in the local capacity for response to AIDS and it is important that everyone who wants to add their voice to the emerging global response can do so. Therefore, feel free to mention any group that is contributing to your progress: AEP, Affirm, AKDN, ADB, GLIA, World Vision, RBP+, RDCcompetence, and many others.
If you have already submitted your abstract, or if you are preparing one, please join now https://aidscompetence.ning.com/group/viennaconference
where we can assist each other in meeting this challenge. Sumon Vangchuay
(firstname.lastname@example.org) will support our collective effort. Please feel free to contact her if you need any support or further information.
We will be happy to help publicize and promote your abstracts, whether they will be approved or not. Please note that we are not in a position to commit funding for participants to the conference.
For easy reference, we have summarized information and possibilities for abstract submission, as well as for scholarship in the attached document XVIII International AIDS Conference-1-2.doc
. For more details please refer to the conference site on www.aids2010.org