The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) has a series of FREE e-learning modules designed to build skills and capacities for people working with newcomer/immigrant populations. While the modules are meant for an Ontario context, the modules could be adapted to meet local needs and contexts in other regions. There are modules on working with LGBTQ and youth newcomers, as well as courses on violence, accessibility, and mental health. CLICK HERE to register and look at course descriptions. For more in-depth learning opportunities OCASI is hosting a Professional Development Conference November 2-3, 2015 in Toronto. For more information on the conference CLICK HERE
Researchers from France presented new data at the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) that found nearly 50% of African migrants acquired their HIV infection Read More
New Study on MSM and Early Linkage to Care and Treatment: Fewer Black MSM on Treatment
UN Member States will gather on September 25-27 in New York City for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The final text of the outcome document entitled “Transforming Our World” outlines the 17 goals for sustainable development that will take into effect January 1, 2016.
UNAIDS is hosting a virtual consultation March 23-27 2015 on the UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021 and ABDGN strongly encourages stakeholders from our communities and networks to participate in this critical dialogue.
The first of two consultations, these discussions are organized around four themes: Reinforcing Achievements; Closing the Gaps; Seizing the Game-Changers; and a Youth Forum.
Doctors of the World (Médecins du monde –MdM) have released a comprehensive report on migrants access to healthcare in 12 countries (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Luxemborg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom). For each country the report reviews the exisiting healthcare system and access data for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented migrants, and unaccompanied minors. For some countries there is also sections on infectious diseases and HIV programmes and services. The authors indicate that of patients seen by MdM in 2014, 68.7% had no health coverage prior to their first visit. Respondents across the 12 countries also indicated that national laws were the most significant barriers to accessing healthcare. The report sheds light on the need for civil society working with migrant key populations to build engagement and dialogue opportunities with governments to better align advocacy interventions with migrant health access priorities. CLICK HERE to access the report.
ABDGN applauds the UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development announcement on March 19th of a commitment of 5 million GBP over a three year period to the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF).
RCNF has been an innovative funding mechanism that has helped to address severe funding gaps for global and regional HIV/AIDS networks who play a vital role in the HIV/AIDS response. This commitment honors the late Robert Carr’s memory and his contributions to the global HIV/AIDS sector.
We hope this announcement will be a catalyst for existing and future donor governments and agencies support for RCNF in the coming year.
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