In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) has transitioned the originally scheduled in-person Fast-Track Cities 2020 conference into a virtual conference that will take place September 9-10, 2020. The virtual conference is organized by IAPAC in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Fast-Track Cities Institute, and other partners.
The Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 conference’s live program (September 9-10, 2020) will include a High-Level Panel, Keynote Address, Plenary Sessions, Urban Case Studies, and a Closing Panel. The conference will focus on urban HIV, TB, and HCV responses within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, 25 pre-recorded, pre-conference plenary sessions will be available to Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 registered delegates commencing September 7, 2020. The sessions will cover clinical research and management, service delivery, co-morbid and syndemic conditions, key populations, stigma mitigation, facilitators for action. Moreover, there will be three disease-specific sessions addressing the continua of urban HIV, TB, and HCV responses.
Registration for the Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 conference (including both the pre-recorded, pre-conference plenary sessions and the live conference program) is free-of-charge. Online registration is required.
DISCLOSURE: The Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 conference is made possible through generous corporate sponsorship from Gilead Sciences and ViiV Healthcare, two long-term commercial supporters of the Fast-Track Cities initiative.
The Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 conference will begin with a series of pre-recorded, pre-conference plenary sessions focused on issues across eight tracks: 1) Clinical Research and Management, 2) Key Populations, 3) Facilitators for Action, 4) Co-Morbid Conditions, 5) Syndemic Conditions, 6) Stigma Mitigation, 7) Service Delivery, and 8) Disease-Specific. The pre-recorded, pre-conference plenary sessions will be available to registered delegates beginning September 1, 2020.
The Virtual Fast-Track Cities 2020 live conference will take place September 9-10, 2020. It will open with a High-Level Panel during which Mayors will engage in a dialogue entitled, “COVID-19 and National Public Health Devolution: Confronting Transnational Crises at Urban Level.” The High-Level Panel will be followed by a Keynote Address entitled, “State-of-the-Science: What We Know and What Eludes Us about COVID-19.” The Keynote Address will be delivered by Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD, USA and will be followed by two half-days of Plenary Sessions, Urban Case Studies, and a Closing Panel.
The virtual conference’s Plenary Sessions will cover four key area of COVID-19 focus:
- Fact from Fiction: Confronting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ as a Public Health Threat
- Population Dynamics: Ethnic, Gender, and Racial Disparities Exacerbating COVID-19
- Addressing the Fragility in Urban HIV, TB, and HCV Responses Revealed by COVID-19
- Facilitating Continuity of Urban HIV, TB, and HCV Services in the Context of COVID-19
Urban Case Studies will review disruptions in HIV, TB, and HCV services and innovative approaches to service continuity in Fast-Track Cities across four regions: Asia-Pacific (Bangkok, Jakarta, Melbourne, Mumbai, Quezon City); Eastern, Southern, Western Africa (Johannesburg, Kigali, Lusaka, Maputo, Yaoundé); Eastern, Central, Western Europe (Kyiv, Lisbon, London, Milan, Paris); and North, South America (Atlanta, Mexico City, Montréal, New York City, São Paulo).
The virtual conference’s Closing Panel will cover pandemic preparedness, specifically within the context of “Focusing on HIV Response Resilience to Confront Future Emerging Pandemics,” and will feature global public health leaders including:
- Ricardo Baptista Leite, UNITE, Lisbon, Portugal
- Solange Baptiste, ITPC, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Deborah L. Birx, PEPFAR, Washington, DC, US
- Ren Minghui, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
- Peter Sands, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland