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m2m Is Heading to AIDS 2024

AIDS 2024mothers2mothers (m2m) has a busy week planned at the 25th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2024) taking place in Munich, Germany, and virtually, from 22-26 of July. Convened by the International AIDS Society every two years, this is the world’s largest conference on HIV/AIDS—bringing together an estimated 15,000 participants in person and virtually to learn about the latest research and treatment, and connect around the shared goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

This year’s AIDS conference is calling on the global HIV response to unite behind a simple principle: put people first. That means thinking of solutions from the point of those most affected. This call to action resonates deeply at m2m, as women living with HIV are at the heart of our peer-based approach, providing integrated health services to ensure people in their communities can access the care they need. We are looking forward to sharing our impact and insights from providing people-centered services across ten African countries, as well as connecting with and learning from other experts and organisations.

If you will be at AIDS 2024 in Munich in July, or joining the conference virtually, here is how you can connect with us:

Attend our satellite session: m2m is hosting a satellite session, titled Radical Honesty and Bold Solutions Needed to End AIDS, with support from Gilead Sciences, Inc. on Thursday, July 25, 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 in Room 13b/Channel 7. Moderated by Christine Stegling, Deputy Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy, and Knowledge Branch of UNAIDS, the session will tackle an uncomfortable truth–where and why the HIV/AIDS response is stuck, especially for young people, and how we overcome this. Critically, the session will spotlight the people-first ideas, initiatives, organisations, and therapies that are moving the needle in ending AIDS, and discuss how to scale and adapt them for rapid progress. Speakers include:

  • Emily Kainne Dokubo, Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for Program Quality, PEPFAR
  • Shaffiq Essajee, Senior Advisor in HIV, UNICEF
  • Maximina Jokonya, Executive Director, Y+ Global
  • Mpolokeng Mohloai, Country Director, mothers2mothers Lesotho
  • Yvette Raphael, Co-founder, Advocacy for Prevention of HIV and AIDS (APHA)

RSVP for the session by clicking here and let us know we will see you there.

More opportunities to hear from m2m: Our delegates are speaking at a number of satellite sessions hosted by other organisations, including:

  • m2m Spokeswoman and Adolescent Mentor Mother Jessie Mzemba will participate in Munich Youth Force, a pre-conference event on Saturday, 20th of July from 8am-12:30pm in room 5. Jessie will speak during fireside chats about Stories of Empowerment and Disrupting Power Dynamics from 9:37-10:10
  • m2m Country Director Mpolokeng Mohloai will be a panelist at the session: Making the shot: A cross-cultural conversation about collaboration from Africa to Appalachia, hosted by the Community Education Group, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and Society for AIDS in Africa on Monday, 22 of July from 13:00 – 14:30Hall B0b/Channel 5.
  • Jessie Mzemba will also speak at the session: Addressing unmet mental health needs among HIV-infected and affected populations while strengthening HIV outcomes, hosted by Pact on Wednesday, 25th of July from 12:00-13:00 in Room 13a/Channel 6.

Visit our Art Exhibit at the Global Village: m2m is hosting an art exhibit in the Global Village, titled “Representation Reimagined”—a series of photograph, produced by m2m in collaboration with Dazed Media, that demonstrate that living with HIV neither defines an individual, nor limits their potential.  Cameron Ugbodu, the multi-disciplinary artist behind the portraits—which were shot in Cape Town, South Africa in 2023—was inspired by meeting the women at the heart of m2m’s work, who are known as Mentor Mothers, and wanted to elevate them as art,highlighting their strength, beauty, and resilience.

Come say hi at our exhibition booth: Members of the m2m delegation will be delighted to welcome you to our booth in the Exhibition Hall (booth #114) and tell you more about our work through some interactive features and assets.  

Whether you are attending AIDS 2024 or not, you can follow our news from the conference on our website and social media feeds. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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