Andre Robb to Rep Caribbean in UNAIDS ‘CrowdOutAIDS’ Campaign!

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is using a non traditional method called crowdsourcing to develop the new UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call (Jeff Howe).

24 year old Andre Robb of Jamaica will join 9 other young adults from around the world, who have been selected as a part of this process. They will form a committee which will spend the next couple of weeks in training, analyzing the data, then using various online tools to collaborate on the development of the strategy.

Andre has worked for the government and civil society on Youth Development, HIV programmes and comprehensive sexuality education programmes in Jamaica. Andre’s advocacy in his country allows him to represent young people on local and international committees and working groups. He is now committed to building social innovation and social entrepreneurship among young Caribbean change makers. Follow him on Twitter:@robbizle7. No doubt Andre will be seeking to advocate for our region’s specific needs in this strategy, but be sure to tweet him and let him know your thoughts.

Meet the entire #CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee members: http://shar.es/WRADI

CBMP launches ‘Man a Man: Live Up’ video competition

The theme for the competition is “Faddahood and manliness inna dis ya century”.

With the contest, Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS seeks to engage 18-24 year old Jamaicans to showcase their talent by creating an original two (2) minute video in any format from a music video, dramatic short, blog, podcast, editorial commentary, documentary and animation as long as it meets the competition rules for submission.

This competition is just one of the collaborative initiatives under the CBMP and PSI/Caribbean partnership umbrella of the CARISMA II project which aims to highlight the social issues impacting on HIV prevention across the Caribbean region. “Our constructs of masculinity and fatherhood in the region significantly influence the behaviours linked to some of the structural drivers of HIV and we saw this as an innovative way to hear from young people in Jamaica how they think about these issues in order to help us craft more relevant and meaningful programmes.”says Dr. Allyson Leacock, Executive Director of CBMP.

The ‘Man A Man: LIVE UP’ video competition videos will be showcased on YouTube with the top ten finalists’ submissions uploaded to Facebook at a later date. The competition has a first prize of USD $2,500 cash, a Digicel mobile phone, LIVE UP and Got IT? Get IT t-shirts plus many more items. The winning videos will also be shared with the CBMP 110 member stations in 24 Caribbean countries

Check out www.manaman.iliveup.com for more information.

Web-based MSM survey going on now

This news comes by way of PANCAP.

“The first of its kind in the Caribbean, CARIMIS: Caribbean Men Internet Survey 2011 is happening all over the Caribbean. It is the largest ever Caribbean survey of gay men, transgender, bisexual men and other men who are attracted to men. It is an initiative of the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team.

“It asks about relationships, sex life, risks and precautions and use of health services. One of the goals is to see whether gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) have access to HIV testing and prevention.

In the Caribbean, HIV prevalence among the MSM population ranges from 6.7 percent in Suriname to 32 percent in Jamaica. This is compared to an estimated adult prevalence in the region of one percent. The need to respond meaningfully to the MSM community in the Caribbean is obvious and urgent yet little is known about this key population.

“With this in mind, the CARIMIS seeks to collect information about the lives of MSM throughout the English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking Caribbean over a three month period starting from October 2011. The internet based survey is anonymous and the questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete. It aims to assess behavioural risks among Caribbean MSM while reaching populations who are inaccessible through more traditional sampling methods.

“CARIMIS offers a new approach to collecting Caribbean-wide but country-specific HIV behavioural risk data that may complement current traditional national and regional MSM studies. This will enable UNAIDS as well as our HIV collaborating partners to better estimate the magnitude of the HIV epidemic among Caribbean MSM,” said research associate, Sylette Henry-Buckmire.

“It is expected that the internet interface will attract more honest responses and therefore offer a better understanding of HIV infection dynamics within the Caribbean MSM community. Also successful implementation of this web-based MSM survey will inform similar studies for other highly stigmatized groups such as commercial sex workers.”

For further information on CARIMIS please contact Dr. Michel de Groulard at degroulardm@unaids.org

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This should be shared with HIV/AIDS Country Directors across the region:

On behalf of the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on HIV and Young People, FHI 360 is putting out a call for programs or interventions that illustrate best practices in HIV interventions for young people. Submissions will be assessed by a team of experts. Those that most compellingly illustrate best practices will be included as case studies in a publication and disseminated globally. Submitted programs or interventions should either align with at least one of the six themes of the IATT Global Guidance Briefs (61 pages, 2.5 MB), or specifically target young people living with HIV, or adolescent girls. The deadline for submission is October 17, 2011.

To submit a program or intervention for consideration, please click here and submit the form by October 17, 2011. They will be evaluated based on predetermined criteria to ensure that the most comprehensive and appropriate programs are highlighted. Please be sure to include complete contact information as additional information may be requested. If you have any trouble filling out the form, please contact youthwg@fhi360.org.

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On the periphery of the IAS 2011 conference which took place in Rome from 17-20 July 2011, UNAIDS in collaboration with the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), ATHENA, Salamander Trust, WECARe+ and Network Persone Seropositive convened a town hall dialogue to discuss how the HIV response facilitates the achievement of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all women, including women living with HIV, at every stage of their lives.

For women living with HIV stigma and discrimination and gender-based violence acutely affect their access to comprehensive services and human rights. Within health services, they often face a lack of choice with regard to family planning; disapproval from service providers with regard to meeting sexuality and fertility desires; and violation of their sexual and reproductive rights in the form of coerced or forced abortion or sterilization. Participants agreed that advancing the health and rights of women in all their diversity is fundamental to the success of the HIV response, just as the HIV response is a critical avenue for achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for women.

The event was also used as a platform to launch a report Community Innovation: Achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls through the HIV response. Compiled by UNAIDS and the ATHENA Network, it presents case studies pioneering community undertakings to advance women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights through the HIV response and vice-versa, from different community perspectives. This report recognizes that women face unique challenges to access and fulfil their sexual and reproductive health and rights, including gender-based violence, and therefore have less access to HIV prevention, care and support services.

“Women and girls at every level and throughout different stages of their lives must be supported to demand quality services that meet their needs and those of their community,” said UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Dr Paul De Lay.

Learning from these community case studies is an opportunity to enhance the AIDS response, in light of the Millennium Development Goals and the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. The case studies indicate that for responses to be effective they must include the empowerment and inclusion of women in all their diversity, dedicate attention to sexual and reproductive health, including improvements in maternal and child health, and address the socio-cultural practices underlying gender inequality.

UNAIDS Getting to zero: strategy 2011-2015 also places gender equality and human rights as one of three core pillars. This report is part of that commitment to ensuring that women and girls’ rights are met through the HIV response and it was undertaken in the context of the UNAIDS Agenda for accelerated country action for women, girls, gender equality and HIV.

“UNAIDS continues to be a strong advocate for women’s health and rights, as well as to strongly stand against stigma and discrimination amongst all marginalized groups. We will continue to do so until we have achieved the vision of zero discrimination,” said Dr De Lay.

The full article is at http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2011/july/20110719womenias/