High Level Meeting Report, Ties that Bind: Developing World Epidemics in the Developed World

Published: July 18, 2010

Background

The African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN) coordinated a high level meeting (HLM) on July 18, 2010 in Vienna, Austria, to foster dialogues on the development of coordinated HIV/AIDS responses targeted at African and Black populations in the Diaspora (ABD), inclusive of migrant, immigrant and refugee populations (MIR). The meeting entitled “Ties that Bind-Developing World Epidemics in the Developed World” coincided with the International AIDS conference held July 18-23, 2010. The HLM provided ABDGN with an opportunity to mobilize key global stakeholders to exchange knowledge, foster the development of new partnerships, and facilitate action-oriented dialogues. The meeting also highlighted ABDGN’s ability to broker relationships, partnerships and build mechanisms and platforms for sharing knowledge and resources across and between regions.
The HLM was one activity in a broader programme of Diaspora related sessions and events coordinated by ABDGN for AIDS 2010, and the meeting was a key highlight for the network and meeting participants. The meeting was supported by the Ford Foundation and Health Canada, and co-hosted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); it was a remarkable achievement bringing these leading national health organizations together. This report will provide a brief history of ABDGN, describe the context for the HLM, detail
an overview of the meeting participants, meeting format and presentations, and provide a summary of the results from the small group dialogues and a discussion on meeting outcomes.

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