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Interfaith Pre-Conference 2016: "Faith on the Fast Track"

“Faith on the Fast Track”: Interfaith Pre-Conference 2016

Over 200 people of faith gathered to network, reflect, build skills, advocate, and share about current challenges and good practices in the response to HIV at the Interfaith Pre-Conference to AIDS 2016, 16-17 July 2016.

Under the theme, “Faith on the Fast Track”, the pre-conference took place at the La Vita Conference Centre in central Durban.

The theme reflected the global UNAIDS strategy to ensure that AIDS is eliminated as a public health threat by 2030.  Faith-based initiatives have a vital role if we are to achieve the Fast Track targets. (See the blog from David Barstow for more on “Fast Track” and the pre-conference theme)

Three sub-themes guided the plenary sessions and workshops, focusing on areas where faith-based initiatives are especially important:

  • Reducing stigma and discrimination, including stigma within local faith communities, and stigma toward marginalized populations
  • Increasing access, including community-based HIV services, and services for infants, children, and adolescents
  • Defending human rights, including dealing with discriminatory laws and policies

Workshops at the pre-conference focused on ways that faith initiatives in these three areas can contribute to reaching the Fast Track targets, including setting five-year targets, identifying tools and methods, and discussing particular challenges faced by faith initiatives.

Download the full Faith on the Fast Track Programme (pdf, 195 KB).

Watch video highlights from Day 1

Watch video highlights from Day 2

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