Information on "Is AIDS Activism Dead? - Vienna World AIDS Conference" (Monday July 19 2010, from 11:00-12:30, in Global Village Session Room 1) - includes a focus how leaders from key populations have made a difference by being involved. Requesting your response and ideas...

This session will look at selected examples of how the meaningful involvement of leaders from key populations in AIDS policy and programme design has improved the AIDS response - from advocating to change counter-productive policies and laws such as criminalisation of behaviour, to ensuring that universal access targets, AIDS strategies, programmes, and monitoring and evaluation systems take into consideration their realities and needs. Panelists (A. El Karouaoui, Egypt; L. Tripathi, India; R. Carr, Jamaica; and S. Strachan, United Kingdom) will talk about what they have achieved because of meaningful involvement, what strategies they chose and why, and what challenges they faced along the way. Participants will learn what meaningful involvement is, what its key elements are, what is needed to make meaningful involvement a reality and a success, and concrete examples of when meaningful involvement has lead to positive change and impact.

What questions or observations would you like the presenters to consider in this session? What observations or ideas do you have related to advancing positive action on this theme? Please engage through this forum; click on "submit a group post" and share your thoughts with us!