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ICW Global In Action

May 2017

ICW Global Updates



Dr. Tedros Photo courtesy of the internet

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) congratulates Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on being elected as the new World Health Organization (WHO) Director General.

Dr. Tedros who was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia begins his five year term on 1st July 2017.

We also take this opportunity to fondly bid the outgoing Director Dr. Margaret Chan good bye and thank her for her exemplary leadership that has proven instrumental in ensuring progressive guidelines development that have supported countries towards efforts to prevent new HIV infections and End the AIDS epidemic.

ICW looks forward to the new leadership and reiterates our commitment to a strengthened partnership with WHO and Dr. Tedros in the coming years in advocating for universal access to healthcare within a strengthened framework of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights by enabling an effective representation of women and girls living with HIV in guideline development, implementation and monitoring process for improved well being of women and girls particularly women living with HIV.

Activity to impact

ICW article published in the JAIDS article

photo courtesy JAIDS

The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) has released a special supplement on the incredible journey of the Global plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive which documents the journey and experiences of implementing the Global Plan and highlights recommendations for accelerating an end to AIDS among women, children and adolescents.

ICW article titled ‘Engaging Communities and Promoting the Health and Human Rights of Women Living with HIV’ shared the perspectives of women living with HIV in the implementation of the Global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children while keeping their mothers alive.

The articles also offered important recommendations for engaging women particularly women living with HIV and ensuring our participation in the realization of an end of new HIV infections among children as well as ensuring women living with HIV live healthy quality lives.

“We are excited at the opportunity to be featured in this important space and extend our congratulations to the team that put the paper together as well as to all our members for always motivating our need to amplify women’s voices at all platforms.” Said Rebecca Matheson ICW Global Director and lead author of the paper.

For more information about the article and to read the full paper Click here.

ICW marks Internation Maternal Health and Rights Day 2017

ICW joined stakeholders and policy makers to mark the International Maternal Health and Rights day (IMHR) day on 11th April 2017. ICW shared a statement with our members, partners and stakeholders in which ICW shared our perspectives on the recently launched WHO Guidelines on SRHR for women living with HIV.

Terming it a bold positive step towards breaking barriers for safe motherhood ICW urged country decision makers to urgently adopt these guidelines to enable quality service delivery for women in maternal and child health care.

On that day ICW also participated in a radio interview to reiterate the importance of the WHO guidelines in ensuring better health outcomes for women and their children. Click here for the full statement.

Photo courtesy ICW/GNP+ EID research report


Empower networks of people living with HIV to re children affected by AIDS

Researchers identify a new HIV reservoir

Registration and abstract submission now open for the AIDS impact conference November 2017

Youth Power Learning launches systemic review of positive youth development in low and middle income countries

ICW message on the formation of the International Indigenous HIV &AIDS Community

World first vaccine against Malaria to be introduced in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in 2018

Observance days in May 2017

18 May

International AIDS Vaccines Awareness Day

21 May

Candlelight memorial 2017

poster courtesy GNP+

Upcoming Events and Times for Global Action

  • Upcoming events and conferences

World Health Assembly – 22nd to 26th May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

IAS Scientific Conference- 23rd to 26th July, France

REPSSI Conference 3rd to 6th September 2017, Dar-es-salam, Tanzania

AIDS Impact 13th International Conference- 13th to 15th 2017, Capetown, South Africa.

International Conference on Sexuality 2017: Health, Education and Rights, hosted by Tomorrow People Organization, taking place from 17-19 July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

ICASA- 4th – 9th December 2017; Abidjan Cote d’ ivore

  • Upcoming meetings and deliberations for ICW engagement in March

RCNF Finance capacity building Workshop 2nd to 5th May 2017, Kampala, Uganda

Global Fund Board Meeting, 1st to 5th May 2017, Kigali, Rwanda

RCNF Collective Impact Reflection Workshop 8th to 10 May 2017

Community Think Tank meeting on PrEP 17th and 18th May 2017, Trinidad and Tobaggo

Free Space Partners (FSP) Meeting 30th and 31st May 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Global GBV and HIV TWG Meeting 30th May to 1st June 2017, Washington D.C

  • Fundraising opportunity

Positive action challenge- Improving retention of breastfeeding women living with HIV on ART. Deadline June 30th

Global Fund RFP- Strengthening the Capacity of Key Populations Networks to Meaningfully Engage in Global Fund Related Processes. Deadline June 19th

Meet the women's networks- International Community of Women Living with HIV Asia Pacific (ICWAP)



Sita Shahi



Title/Position in Region

Regional Cordinator ICWAP


Asia Pacific

ICW Asia Pacific is currently engaged in the development of  a regional strategic plan that will provide strategic direction for the implementations of the women's advocacy and service delivery interventions at country level.

We look forward to sharing more about the process in the coming newsletter.


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