STOP HIV takes the Next Step in Trinidad & Tobago
The "2011 Next Step Conference" was hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Sport and Physical Education (TTASPE) from the 7th - 13th November, 2011 in Port of Spain. The conference theme was aligned to MDG#8, "Promoting global partnerships in sport for development". The conference schedule included plenary, poster presentation and break-out group sessions allowing greater interaction between the delegates and presenters.
STOP HIV was also a part of this gathering of professionals from the Sport for Development industry.
In her poster presentation titled "Championing STI and HIV prevention in Oceania", Margaret Eastgate informed delegates of the importance of partnerships and the pivotal role they played in the success of the STOP HIV Program. Through such strategic partnerships, the program has extended to 9 Pacific Island Countries, each with national frameworks unique only to themselves. This reflects the diversities and complexities experienced in program design, implementation and M&E. The latter proved to be a rather popular topic at the conference, as delegates and speakers discussed improved M&E tools at length.
Delegates were interested in the models adopted by STOP HIV across its program countries, as well as the relationships with industry stakeholders and the strategies employed in accessing and managing resources.
The keynote address was delivered by Ambassador Shabazz who hails from Belize.
STOP HIV wishes to acknowledge the support provided by UK Sport and TTASPE and looks forward to taking the next steps to the 'Next Step'.
Top: Margaret discussing her poster titled "Championing STI and HIV prevention in Oceania" with Dr. Ian Richards from Leeds Met Carnegie and Nick Pink from UK Sport
Middle: Delegates at the Next Step Conference in Trinidad & Tobago
Bottome: Ambassador Shabazz before delivering her keynote address