EECAAC-2018 Programme is currently being formed and will be published later
The main features of the VI International Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference include:
- Presenting innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, opportunistic and concomitant infections
- Strengthening the link between science and practice
- Development of regional healthcare systems
- Exploring ideas around the new “AIDS/HIV-free generation”
- Expanding the role of sport in HIV response
- Discussing HIV and migration
- Expanding the role of partnerships and joint effort coordination in HIV response
- Examining economic aspects of HIV response
The planned duration of the Conference is three (3) days. The Conference program will consist of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, skills development workshops, and open discussion forums.
The conference program is developed and approved by the Organizing and Program Committees, entitled: “Science and Medicine,” “International Development Assistance,” “Civil Society,” and “Effective Prevention.” The program covers the most important areas related to HIV infection in order to give the delegates new knowledge and capabilities. Conference delegates will be able to discuss important topics, share experiences and establish new contacts with potential partners.
Topics of scientific parallel sessions and workshops will be formed based on the abstracts submitted by participants through the official website of the Conference. These abstracts will be evaluated by scientific experts in the field of HIV/AIDS and related areas. The conference program will include speakers invited by the Organizing and Program Committees.
The Conference will devote particular attention to: the latest scientific discoveries and their introduction into public health practice, the interconnection between science and medicine, conduct of operational research, training and raising the qualifications of healthcare professionals in accordance with the latest scientific and medical advancements.
Parallel sessions designated by the members of “International Development Assistance” Program Committee will focus on regional and international cooperation and demonstration of projects in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Sessions formed by the members of the “Effective Prevention” Program Committee will highlight various aspects of prevention of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Representatives of public healthcare, education, science, culture, sports, media, religious, social and youth organizations will be involved in the work of the Committee.
“Civil Society” sessions are formed through a transparent electoral process with the active participation of civil society community members. These sessions are complemented by a series of training seminars.
Scientists, healthcare experts, and representatives of civil society will be invited separately to participate in plenary and parallel sessions, as well as to take part in a wide range of Conference activities, such as presentations, panel discussions, and round tables.
Based on the successful experience of the Fifth Conference, the Advisory Council will continue its work. The Council will be comprised of the representatives of socially responsible businesses including pharmaceutical companies and major employers, Eastern Europe and Central Asia trade unions. The main goal of the Advisory Council is to propose thematic lectures, presentations and other events for inclusion in the Conference program. The proposals will also touch upon the topics of public-private partnership development, improving working conditions and infectious safety measures for healthcare workers in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
EECAAC 2018 will contain unique “special format” events on up-to-date topics including:
Issues of pharmaceutical market development, localization of drug production and use of other mechanisms to increase treatment coverage of HIV and co-infections will be discussed at the Conference within the framework of special sessions that will bring together experts on healthcare, pharmaceutical market regulation, intellectual property and patent rights.
The impact of sports and their role in HIV prevention became a new focus of the Fifth Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference. In order to preserve the continuity, the topic “HIV and Sport” will be highlighted at EECAAC-2018. This will help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among the general population, athletes and sports fans and prevent discrimination against people living with HIV.
Conference participants will create the Final statement of the Conference in the form of recommendations as an expression of commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals on HIV/AIDS in the EECA region,
In order to prepare the Recommendations of the VI Conference, an Editorial Committee will be established. This committee will be composed of representatives of the Organizing and Program Committees, as well as members of the official delegations from participating countries. The Editorial Committee’s procedures will be determined by a separate provision.
The Conference program will consist of the following activities:
- Plenary sessions
Each day of the Conference begins with a plenary session. Plenary session speakers are known regional and international policy makers, scientists, experts in the field of HIV, and civil society representatives.
- Parallel sessions
Parallel session topics consist of three blocks:
- Science, medicine and HIV prevention
- International cooperation
- Topics relevant for the consideration by EECA region civil society members
- Skill development seminars
These sessions are designed for a small number of participants. They aim at providing the delegates with new knowledge and skills for further use in their professional activities. Topics and seminar speakers will be determined based on the input of the participants submitted via the Conference website.
- Satellite events
Commercial and non-commercial satellite events on the prevention of HIV infection and comorbidities will be held every day after the main program. Government agencies, research institutes, commercial companies and NGOs may act as satellite event organizers.
The conference provides commercial and non-profit organizations the opportunity to present their materials, programs and services to the professional community.
- Open discussion platforms
Discussion platforms are designed for a comprehensive exchange of views among the participants, discussion of problems from different perspectives, informal dialogue and multilateral communication of civil society, government officials and scientists.