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Our Global Voice

TAKE A JOURNEY WITH ABDGN: LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE HIV AND MIGRATION RESOURCE!

We are proud to introduce hivandmigration.com A new web resource that highlights migration and HIV in 8 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. Each country profile tells the story of migration and HIV with engaging, and often surprising information and epidemiological data on migrant and other key affected populations, policy impacts and coordinated HIV responses.
 
The impacts on African/Black migrants in these countries are also highlighted to illustrate the disproportionate impacts HIV often has across migrants from around the world. Our aim is to generate knowledge exchange and build a base of credible, interactive and innovative resources on HIV and migration as a catalyst for collaboration, community mobilization, advocacy and global policy change.
 
We thank The Robert Carr Network FundThe Global Fund, and The Consortium of MSM & Transgender Networks led by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV for investing in this first series of profiles that address critical knowledge gaps in migration and HIV.
 
Explore the website, share the link with your communities and tell us your experience by clicking on the comment box at the bottom of the webpage and tweet us @kwakuABDGN #hivandmigration. We would love to expand this resource and add additional countries so please let us know what you think!
 
Let’s take this journey together. No visas required.
 

APPLY NOW! DEADLINE APRIL 15! TEACH Technical Advisors

ABDGN encourages Trans-identified people from the African and Black Diaspora to apply for an exciting new program launched by IRGT-A Global Network of Trans Women and HIV and the Global Forum on Men who have sex with Men (MSMGF) called TEACH: Trans Education +Action = Capacity for Health

TEACH is a program designed to build skills and capacities for trans-led organizations to successfully apply for grant funds to implement coordinated HIV responses for trans key populations. ABDGN supports this innovative and timely program due to the disproportionate impacts of HIV amongst Black trans women. A systematic review in 2013 indicated that 56% of black/African American transgender women had positive HIV test results compared to 17% of white or 16% of Hispanic/Latina transgender women. As a result, building the technical skills and capacities for trans-identified people from the African and Black Diaspora is critical for building stronger civil society action within our communities.

To learn more about TEACH and application requirements click here .

To apply to the program click here. Deadline is April 15!

ABDGN ENDORSES U=U (Undetectable = Untransmissable) CONSENSUS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE PREVENTION ACCESS CAMPAIGN

The consensus statement on risk of sexual transmission of HIV from a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load is a game changer in how we understand and address HIV risk and transmission amongst key populations within the African and Black Diaspora. Now more then ever, knowing your status, starting treatment, and having community and structural factors that support treatment adherence are essential.

The Prevention Access Campaign collaborates with nonprofits, government agencies, and HIV prevention advocates who share the common goals to end HIV transmissions and HIV related stigma by empowering people with accurate and meaningful information.  

CLICK here to read the consensus statement

CLICK here to learn more about the U=U campaign

JOIN THE CONVERSATION! VIRTUAL STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS ON FUTURE OF UNAIDS JOINT PROGRAMME. DEADLINE FEBRUARY 10

UNAIDS has put together a Global Review Panel to make recommendations on how to make UNAIDS  sustainable and relevant in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The stakeholder consultations are FREE and OPEN to everyone to participate.

ABDGN encourages our stakeholders and community members from migrant, refugee and the African/Black Diaspora to make contributions to this critical global consultation effort. Please share with your networks and together we can tell UNAIDS how to make the HIV response more inclusive, sustainable and effective.

CLICK HERE to learn more and share your inputs!

RACE, MEDIA AND HIV CRIMINALIZATION IN CANADA

New report entitled “Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicitous”: Racialization, Immigration and the Representation of HIV Criminalization in Canadian Mainstream Newspapers”  by lead author Eric Mykhalovskiy from York University in Toronto Canada explores mainstream Canadian newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure criminal cases in Canada.

This comprehensive review provides evidence for the disproportionate impacts of HIV non-disclosure criminal cases in Canada amongst Black diaspora/migrant/refugee communities.

Key highlights include:


  • 68%of newspaper articles focused on racilaized defendants
  • 20% of men faced with charges for HIV non-disclosure were Black but accounted for 62% of news articles
  • 18% of defendants were immigrants or refugees but accounted for 62% of news articles

CLICK HERE to download the report!

SIGN THE PETITION-UN Women need to meaningfully engage with sex workers!

Please sign and share the Global Network of Sex Work Projects’ Petition. NSWP and their partners are petitioning UN Women to engage in a meaningful consultation with sex workers as they develop their policy on sex work.

ABDGN supports this initiative as the voices of sex workers from migrant and Black diaspora populations are even further marginalized and excluded from global dialogues and consultations on policy issues. Sign the petition and let UN Women know the voices from our communities matter!

CLICK HERE to read the joint statement on behalf of 86 sex worker, women’s rights and human rights organizations on the UN Women consultation.

GLOBAL NETWORK OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV (GNP+) OPEN CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERS! DEADLINE OCTOBER 18TH!

In July 2016, GNP+  implemented a new structure and has changed from a network of regional and population-based organizations to a network of individual people living with HIV that work in close partnership with global, regional and national organizations.

ABDGN encourages and supports  people living with HIV from the African and Black Diaspora representing migrants, women, youth, transgender and MSM populations to apply for this exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and evolution of GNP+ .

CLICK HERE  to access the application form and for more details on GNP+, including terms of reference for board members CLICK HERE

UNAIDS PCB NGO DELEGATION NOMINATIONS! DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30TH!

The NGO Delegation to the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS Programme Coordinating Board (UNAIDS PCB) has two vacancies for the two-year term (2017-2018).

The NGO Delegation is now recruiting for:
· One Latin America and the Caribbean Delegate (apply)
· One North American Delegate (apply)

ABDGN strongly encourages dynamic African, Black and Caribbean candidates from diaspora and migrant populations in the targeted regions apply for this crucial opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the global HIV/AIDS response. We support and encourage people living with HIV, key populations, women and youth from our communities to apply.

For more information, including the call for nominations, terms of reference, and application forms please click here

Information Session on PEPFAR Key Population Fund Thursday September 1st!

Information Session on PEPFAR Key Population Fund Thursday September 1st!

The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC)  has announced a $100 million Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF). The KPIF requests applications from ‘Prime Recipient’ organizations to scale up quality, key population (KP)-led community approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs.

PEPFAR staff will be on the call to provide information and help answer questions related to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO is available here
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the application process and begin to think of how migrant and diaspora populations within the targeted key population groupings could be served through this funding opportunity. Details to join the conversation are below!

Thursday, September 1st 7:00 AM EDT
Join by webex:
Meeting number (access code): 845 068 071

JOIN BY PHONE
+41 43456 9564 Switzerland toll
+1 631 267 4890 USA/Canada toll
Click to Access Global call-in numbers:

AIDS 2016 Roadmap for Migrants and Refugee Populations Now Online!

ABDGN is proud to present for the 5th consecutive conference the roadmap of sessions and abstracts relevant to migrant, refugee and diaspora populations. For conference participants this is the best way to navigate the conference and plan your attendance to ensure you are able access as many sessions relevant to our populations!  CLICK HERE to access the roadmap!

2016 African Black Diaspora Global Network Financial support for this initiative was made available by Core Funding - 2013153 from the Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund