You are here: Home / News / Isandla Institute/SACN seminar on HIV/AIDS and Human Settlements

Isandla Institute/SACN seminar on HIV/AIDS and Human Settlements

On 18 and 19 September Isandla Institute launched its research on HIV/AIDS and Human Settlements at a national seminar co-hosted with the South African Cities Network (SACN) in Cape Town.

The aim of the seminar was to reflect specifically on the challenges and opportunities facing municipalities in creating integrated, sustainable human settlements. Following on from the seminar, on 19 September, a learning event for municipal practitioners was held, which focused on municipal responses to HIV/AIDS, with particular reference to housing and integrated settlements, and lessons learned.

Both the seminar and learning event drew on the work and expertise of the two host organisations. Isandla Institute recently completed a concept paper on how HIV/AIDS can be mainstreamed in human settlement planning. The policy paper is accompanied by a guide for municipal practitioners on how to mainstream HIV/AIDS in human settlements planning and development in South Africa. The SACN, cognisant of the important role to be played by local government in developing an effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, provides its members with information and training on developing multi-sectoral responses to HIV/ AIDS.

Speakers at the seminar included representatives from the National Department of Housing, the Treatment Action Campaign UN-HABITAT, donor agencies and various municipalities.

A full report on the seminar will be available soon. The Isandla Institute concept paper on HIV/AIDS and human settlements, and the guide for municipal practictioners will shortly be available to download from the Isandla Institute website here.

Document Actions