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ICW Global In Action

March 2017

ICW Global Updates


Important notice.

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) is calling on interested members who meet the required qualifications to express their intent to represent ICW in the AIDS 2018 track committees. Email your expression of interest to ICW Global Director on on or before Thursday 5th April 2017.

Please find below AIDS 2018 tracks and track members’ qualifications for your consideration.

AIDS 2018 Tracks;-

Track A: Basic and Translational Research

Track B:Clinical Research

Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Research

Track D:Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights

Track E: Implementation Research, Economics, Systems and Synergies with other Health and Development Sectors.

Track Member Qualifications:

  • Broad experience with the issues related to the specific track
  • Ability to represent, and consult with, a wide variety of constituencies and scientific stakeholders
  • Availability for conference related duties
  • Ability to work in written and spoken English
  • Ability to review large volumes of documentation online
  • Ability to act within a team setting
  • Sensitivity to all aspects of diversity.

Activity to impact

Love Positive Women

Love positive women from ICW members in Ukraine

ICW marked LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home! (LPW) this year from February 1st -14th.

Started in 2013 LPW is a community mobilization campaign celebrated annually to get women living with HIV to commit to acts of self- love that is great for our health; commit to doing acts of love to fellow sisters living with HIV and gets our partners and friends of ICW to show their love and commitment to supporting women living with HIV the world over. Using social media LPW links local grassroots gestures of love LPW creates a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV.

This year ICW had a series of activities from members in all our regions and was mentioned in blogs by Positively UK , HIV Justice Network and The International AIDS Society (IAS) who made a beautiful video to commemorate the event.Keep it here for the full report of LPW 2017.

LPW action in Toronto

RCNF Monitoring and Evaluation support workshop

The International Community of Women Living with HIV participated in the Robert Carr Network Fund (RCNF) Monitoring and Evaluation face to face support meeting in Amsterdam on 20th to 22nd February 2017.

The workshop was instrumental not only for enabling better reporting of activities under RCNF grant but provided a learning experience for appreciating outcome reporting processes.

ICW plans to infuse these lessons into our everyday work to better understand and communicate to our membership, donors and partners the outcomes of our engagement in the different pieces of work that we are engaged in.

ICW Human Rights work

ICW Malawi partnered with the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) and AIDS and Rights Alliance for South Africa (ARASA) to respond to the conviction of a local woman living with HIV for the accidental breastfeeding of another woman's child. For more about the case read here.

With support from ICW, our sister organization ICW Malawi convened a community strategy round table with networks of people living with HIV to strategize how to avoid media sensationalization of the case and to ensure confidentiality for the mother and her infant.

As a result of this round table and our ongoing work on this issue ICW Malawi have determined that there is a need for a public sensitization and campaign to address criminalization, engage women living with HIV in advocacy around an upcoming Draft HIV bill and to ensure that our members know their rights. We will also be attending an important regional meeting on the feminization of criminalization.

ICW has received a small grant through Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to make this project happen.

International Steering Commitee meeting

The ICW International Steering Committee continues to meet on a by- monthly basis. This month, the members undertook a self-evaluation assessment as part of ICW Governance. The assessment was useful in identifying strengths and gaps as well as formulating strategies for improving ICW Governance and Operations.

ICW at CROI Conference

The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held from February 13 to February 16, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, at the Washington State Convention Centre.The conference brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers and well as community advocates from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing HIV response and related infectious diseases.

ICW was represented in CROI by Maurine Murenga our Advocacy Manager- Global Fund who gave a presentation on differentiated care. Differentiated care is a client-centered approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services across the cascade to reflect the preferences and expectations of various groups of people living with HIV  while reducing unnecessary burdens on the health system.

Dialogue framework between Religious leaders and People Living with HIV meeting

ICW joined partners and stakeholders in Kenya to a two day impact assessment meeting on implementation of the Dialogue framework between religious leaders and PLHIV. The meeting organized by The International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or personally affected by HIV (INERELA+) Kenya Chapter.

The Dialogue Framework is a strategic initiative to strengthen collaboration between People Living with HIV and Religious leaders and offers practical steps to help faith communities and people living with HIV address joint advocacy issues as well as address HIV Stigma and discrimination.

In collaboration with Ecumenical AIDS Advocacy (EAA), UNAIDS, Christian AID, National Aids Control Council, NEPHAK, NCCK and other esteemed partners INERELA+ held the first National dialogue framework where Joint actions for addressing stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV were developed and implementation of the same has been taking place at both county and congregational levels.

The joint actions sought to leverage on the great potential and influence that religious leaders have in the country and African region in shaping people’s perception and influencing decisions.

The meeting evaluated progress made in Kenya in the area of stigma and discrimination as well as identifying areas of nuanced issues for consideration in the following pieces of work, these included the intersectionality of Gender based violence and HIV as well as HIV prevention and treatment of adolescents and young people in the broader Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRHR).

ICW was represented in the meeting by Florence Anam our Advocacy and Communications Manager. During the meeting the World Council also launched a one year campaign dubbed “Lead by example; know your HIV status”


WHO launches SRHR guidelines for Women Living with HIV;-

Love Positive Women;-

Love Positive Women;-

Observance days in March 2017

ICW will join members, stakeholders and partners to observe the following days. Be on the look out for our statements during the month of March.

1 March

Zero Discrimination Day

8 March

International Women's Day

24 March

World TB day

Pictures from internet

Upcoming Events and Times for Global Action

  • Upcoming events and conferences
  1. Commission on the status of women- 13th to 24th March 2017, NY, USA
  2. IAS Scientific Conference- 23rd to 26th July, France
  3. AIDS Impact 13th International Conference- 13th to 15th 2017, Capetown, South Africa
  4. International Conference on Sexuality 2017: Health, Education and Rights, hosted by Tomorrow People Organization, taking place from 17-19 July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  5. ICASA- 4th – 9th December 2017; Abidjan Cote d’ ivore
  • Upcoming meetings and deliberations for ICW engagement in March
  1. WHO STAC meeting 13th to 16th March 2017, Geneva
  2. WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) for Guidelines on the Public Health Response to HIV Drug Resistance. 20thto 21 March
  3. WHO meeting on care for advanced stage HIV. 22th to 24th March.
  4. HIV Justice Network Global Consortium planning meeting for 2017 in Brighton, UK, from 21st to 22nd
  5. WHO/ STAR meeting on roll out of the WHO Guidelines on HIV Self- Testing and Partner Notification Global workshop- 27th to 30th March; Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Fundraising opportunities
  1. USAID-
  2. UNESCO-
  3. Amplify change-

Meet the women's networks- Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK)



Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK)



We are excited in our first feature to showcase Women fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK). To be featured here please email

WOFAK is a NGO registered in Kenya in 1994. WOFAK started as an entity for mutual support and empowerment for women who had just tested HIV positive.For the last 22 years we have grown in leaps and bounds and has contributed significantly to national efforts in HIV prevention, care and treatment support. We currently operate in 10 counties where we have established a well-structured engagement with the county governments and agencies of the national government at county level dealing with HIV and AIDS response in the county. The counties are; Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Nakuru, Baringo, Homabay, Kisumu, Siaya and Busia. Our program areas include;-

  • Community and home based care
  • Community health education
  • Psycho-social support and counseling
  • Nutritional support
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • HIV care and treatment services
  • Youth Friendly services
  • Elimination of mother to child HIV transmission (eMTCT)
  • Hygiene promotion
  • Maternal and child health (MCH) services.
  • Formation and strengthening of community health units
  • Sexual and reproductive health services


  • In 2015 we managed to reach a total of 53,603 beneficiaries
  • 4,444 youths reached with youth friendly services
  • 7,925 OVC received comprehensive care and support services
  • 2,132 women were reached with MCH (including ANC) services
  • 675 women supported to start income generating activities
  • 2,541 People Living with HIV supported to access to HIV care and treatment.
  • 14,400 reached with behavior change communication messages.

You can help us amplify our impact and improve the lives of women and girls living with HIV

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