The ICN HIV/AIDS Network met during the ICN 24th Quadrennial Congress in Durban, South Africa, 27 June to 4 July 2009. This is the third meeting of the Network since its launch in 2005. About 300 participants with diverse HIV and AIDS expertise and interests attended the meeting. The session was chaired by Adele Webb, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, USA:
Following an overview of the ICN HIV/AIDS Network’s aim, scope and membership by ICN, there were brief presentations and discussions on the following areas:
- HIV transmission and prevention strategies in Mauritius: Carmen Anazor, AIDS Unit, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Mauritius.
- Regional networking activities and experiences of SANNAM: Philemon Ngomu, SANNAM, South Africa.
- UK National HIV Nurses Association activities and experiences: Catrin Evans, University of Nottingham, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, Nottingham, U.K.
- Coordinating workplace HIV services in Southern Africa: Nelouise Geyer, Public Services International, South Africa
- ICAP Nurse Capacity Initiative: A New Approach to Meeting Nursing Challenges in the Era of HIV: Jennifer Dohrn, Columbia University, School of Nursing, USA
The presentations were followed by open discussions on the presentations and also addressed the following questions:
- How can the ICN HIV/AIDS Network add value to the work of nurses in AIDS care?
- What are the HIV/AIDS issues and priorities in your country and what should ICN be advocating at the international level?
- How could we stimulate involvement of Network members (e.g. Network Bulletin, website chat page)?
The participants stressed the importance of networking and exchanging of information and best practices to promote excellence in clinical practice, management, education and research related to HIV and AIDS. The ICN HIV/AIDS Network was seen as a sustainable forum for regular exchange of current knowledge, experiences and best practices.