Adolescents SRHR & HIV in Africa Symposium 2014

7 – 10 December 2014, Lusaka, Zambia.

Established in 1990, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) promotes policies and research to support government response to end the HIV epidemic on the continent. Following the 1st Regional Symposium in Khartoum in 2007, SAA will organize its 2nd Symposium in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Zambia National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council and the Society for Women & AIDS in Africa (SWAA). The symposium will focus on Adolescent SRHR and HIV. About 500 delegate comprising adolescents, young people, program managers, policy makers, activists and advocates from the continent and beyond will be welcome to Lusaka between the 7th -10th of December 2014.

Adolescents are often neglected in SRHR and HIV program. More than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 are living with HIV worldwide; approximately 70 percent of these are in Sub Saharan Africa. Many of them lack access to the information, treatment and the care they so desperately need. Of 41 countries worldwide with child marriage prevalence of 30 percent or more, 28 are in Africa. For example, more than 50 percent of girls in Mail, Mozambique and Niger are married before age 18. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest fertility rate among girls aged 15-19. Complication of pregnancy, child birth and HIV are the main causes of death in this age group.

Objectives of the Symposium
1.Interrogate evidence, research and responses on adolescent SRHR and HIV in Africa to inform programmes and interventions beyond 2015.
2.Explore and promote accountability mechanisms and frameworks on adolescent SRHR and HIV in Africa.
3.Provide a forum for evidence based advocacy to influence policy, programming, practice and discourse.
4.Identify local driven solution on adolescent SRHR an HIV that work and promote their use to foster ownership and sustainability.
5.Engender partnerships for ASRHR/HIV with traditional, religious, private sector and other stakeholders to meet the resource requirements for effective responses.

The symposium expects to welcome more than 500 delegates from around the world working in the fields of Adolescents SRHR, HIV/AIDS.

The symposium will encourage the participation of young researchers, healthcare workers, and community representatives from the developing world by providing scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected according to criteria established by the Organizing Committee.

AAI is a supporting partner of the symposium.

For more information see the website www.asrhr.org