The JLICA International Symposium on Meeting the Needs of Children Affected by HIV/AIDS


Principal Investigator:
Jim Yong Kim

Department of Global Health and Population/ Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dates of Research:
September 11, 2007 — September 11, 2008


An international symposium on children and HIV/AIDS hosted by the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center was held on September 24, 2007 as part of the FXB Center’s role as global secretariat of the Joint Learning Initiative of Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA). The symposium brought together 350 global leaders and opinion-shapers in science, policymaking, advocacy, and implementation including representatives of governments, international organizations, donor agencies, research institutions, civil society, private sector, as well as JLICA leaders. The one-day symposium included plenary presentations, interactive panels and debates on key policy and implementation challenges. The mail goal of the symposium was to clarify and evaluate policy options for meeting the needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS, by marshalling the experience of global experts through critical debate which produced knowledge to inform the JLICA’s policy recommendations and advocacy. The second goal was to raise awareness of the challenge of children and HIV/AIDS with influential constituencies and spark interest in JLICA’s work. The event was open to the concerned public and encouraged the participation of young people.