The Canada Pavilion at the 2016 International AIDS Conference

Canada: Meeting the Challenge, the Canada Pavilion at the 2016 International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, brought together AIDS 2016 delegates from Canada and around the world. The goal of the Canada Pavilion was to showcase Canada’s leadership in the HIV response and provide a meeting place for delegates to meet, share their experiences and learn from each other. The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), in partnership with CATIE, led the development and execution of the Canada Pavilion at AIDS 2016, with the assistance of a national advisory committee.

The Canada Pavilion showcased the Canadian response to HIV through six key mechanisms: audio recordings of interviews with staff and peers from Insite, a Canadian supervised injection facility; a video demonstrating Canadian excellence and challenges in addressing HIV; an electronic collection of Canadian resources available; an on-site program of informal events; social media engagement of Canadian activities at AIDS 2016, including at the Pavilion; and an open and inviting space to facilitate in-person networking.

The video and interviews from staff and peers from Insite can be seen and heard here. The report outlines background of this initiative, summarizes key activities, outlines the results of the evaluation and provides 24 recommendations for future Canada Pavilion planning and implementation activities.

Canada, Meeting the Challenge: Canada Pavilion at AIDS 2016 Project Report

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Video: Canada, Meeting the Challenge

Insite, a Canadian Supervised Injection Facility

Insite: Intro

A mental health worker and a manager describe the layout and function of Insite, and how Insite came into being.

Insite: Inside

A mental health worker and a manager discuss daily life at Insite, including the prevention of overdoses. An Insite peer support worker describes the importance of a safe environment for drug users and a registered nurse talks about how a community approach can help save lives.

Insite: Community

A peer support worker and a mental health worker talk about the supportive community at Insite and describe how staff and clients help create a safe and caring environment. Another peer support worker, manager, and nurse describe how Insite has changed their lives for the better.

The Canada, Meeting the Challenge team thanks the staff of Insite for sharing their knowledge, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network for their expertise and vision in audio production, and CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network for their expertise in journalistic interviewing.

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)

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