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During 18th European AIDS Conference, there will be multiple community activities and events organised by EACS and its partners. 

Communities of Resilience legacy project

The Communities of Resilience project aims:  

(1) To influence key policymakers within London's 32 Local Borough Councils to ensure that marginalised communities in London have equal access to treatment and services.

(2) To educate Conference attendees - both onsite and online - about communities within the area in London where the Conference is being held: the London Borough of Newham.

The project is executed through several initiatives:

18th European AIDS Conference London Community Meeting – 29 October 2021

London has 32 local authority boroughs, which have a major impact on improving the lives of people with HIV and AIDS. We are bringing together key stakeholders such as Chairs of Health Boards and Lead Members of Councils (Leaders and Mayors), members of the London Health Board, Fast Track Cities, NHS Leaders and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on AIDS with people living with HIV and AIDS to increase their awareness of the specific issues affecting marginalised communities.

We will host an in-person Communities of Resilience Meeting on the evening of Friday, 29 October 2021.

We are engaging with the following HIV organisations: African Advocacy Project; GMFA; Living Well; Metro; National AIDS Manual; National AIDS Trust; Naz; Positive East; Positively UK; PrEPster; Riverhouse Trust; Spectra; Terence Higgins Trust; and The Food Chain

Communities of Resilience Exhibition at ExCel London

We want to raise awareness amongst attendees onsite and online at EACS 2021 about the communities where the Conference is taking place. Attendees fly to cities, get taxis to conference centres and are often not aware of exactly where they are and the communities that surround them. ExCel London is supporting this.

We are building an educational exhibit at ExCel London featuring:

• Information about the area where ExCel London is located – Royal Docks, ExCel London

• Information about HIV prevalence in the London Borough of Newham which contains ExCel London

• Profile of three services supporting the community in East London: Mildmay, Positive East and the National AIDS Manual

• Profiles of two clinicians working in East London: Drs Vanessa Apea and Jake Bayley

• Profiles of two members of HIV communities in East London.

UK AIDS Quilt at the 18th European AIDS Conference

EACS is partnering with the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt with support from ExCel London to display the whole UK AIDS Quilt during the Congress.

• Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October: visit from 10:00 to 16:00

• Friday 29 October: visit until 12 noon.

Respect My HIV Campaign

Respect My HIV” is an information campaign lead by Life4me+ that takes into account both the experiences of the past and the realities of the modern world. It aims to create a positive attitude - respect for all people who are in some way different from the majority. This could include HIV status, gender, race, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Race to support children living with HIV

On 27 October at 17:45hrs BST, at the opening of the 18th European AIDS Conference, a virtual run will be launched in support of children and adolescents living with HIV. By running the distance, each participant will “earn” money to fund a summer camp for Russian-speaking children, as well as raising awareness of the issues facing children living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

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March and Demonstration

The main event of the campaign is a demonstration and march through the streets of London. On Saturday 30 October, at 14:30 BST, participants will gather in Parliament Square - from there we will walk to Trafalgar Square, where the march concludes with a rally with speeches from various communities, politicians and celebrities.

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People First Charter

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The Community Corner

Onsite only at the Community and Networking area, follow Pecha Kucha stories

The Community and Networking area, was launched at the 16th European AIDS Conference.

During the entire duration of the Conference, in this open-space area you can follow multiple presentations and discussions.

This year's programme has been put together by EATG.  

Community corner programme

Thursday 28/10

13h15-13h25 Michelle Ross CliniQ Founder  Trans Health Matters - Inclusion or Exclusion
13h25-13h35 Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak CEO, Foundation for Social Education What we can do in Poland as a non-governmental organization about HIV and other STI.
13h35-13h45 Angelina Namiba 4M Network of Mentor Mothers CIC Mentor Mothers Making Magic: Personal, Professional Development for Prevention & Peer Support.
13h45 Possibility for Short Q&A 

Friday, October 29

13h15-13h25 Ann Piercy GOSHH The silent & invisible community living with HIV in Ireland - Migrants
13h25-13h35 Harriet Langanke GSSG - Charitable Foundation Sexuality and Health  Sexual Health - German programme and projects
13h35-13h45 Mark Santos Executive Director, Positive East The story of HIV in East London told from a Positive East perspective
13h45  Possibility for Short Q&A

The Normal Heart: Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis.

£20 tickets to The Normal Heart at the National Theatre

A new virus is infecting gay men across New York City. As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division.

Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive.

Don’t miss this major UK revival of Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking play.

Click here to access £20 tickets exclusive to Delegates of the European AIDS Conference.  

Tickets are available for performances 27-30 October. Please note these special rate tickets are limited and subject to availability, however there are full price tickets available for all performances.


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