Workshop on HIV/AIDS and adult mortality in developing countries

08 September 2003 to 13 September 2003


The Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Adult Mortality in Developing Countries, that the Population Division will hold at United Nations Headquarters from 8 to 13 September 2003, is a unique combination of a technical meeting and a training activity for African population specialists working in the area of HIV/AIDS in some of the countries most affected by the epidemic. The Workshop is one of the main components of the Development Account Training programme on the Demographic Impact of AIDS in Africa. About 20 trainees, most of whom are working currently in national statistical offices and or in the AIDS coordination bodies of African countries, will attend the Workshop. The objectives of this training activity are to give African trainees a good understanding of the broad demographic aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including methodological and data quality issues, and to make them aware of the crucial importance of adopting effective ways to communicate the results of research on population and HIV/AIDS.


Organization of work

Part I: Technical discussions

Monday, 8 September

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

I. Opening of the workshop

II. Adult mortality trends and their measurement
Mortality in the world: an overview
Presenter: Francois Pelletier
Adult mortality in the developing world: what we know and how we know it
Presenter: Kenneth Hill


1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

III. The AIDS epidemic and its impact
A history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic with emphasis on Africa
Presenter: Nicholas Grassly
The impact of HIV/AIDS on mortality
Presenter: Cheryl Sawyer


4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IV. Regional overviews of mortality trends and the impact of HIV/AIDS
Adult mortality in the era of HIV/AIDS: Sub-Saharan Africa
Presenter: Sam Clark
Adult mortality in the era of HIV/AIDS: The Arab countries of
Western Asia and Northern Africa
Presenter: Samir Farid


Tuesday, 9 September

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

IV. Regional overviews of mortality trends and the impact of HIV/AIDS - continued
Adult mortality in the era of HIV/AIDS: Asia
Presenter: Jacqueline Desbarats
Adult mortality in the era of HIV/AIDS: Latin America and the Caribbean
Presenter: Eduardo Arriaga
Years of life expectancy lost to AIDS in the Americas
Presenter: Manuel Vidaurre


1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

V. HIV/AIDS and women
Measuring and estimating maternal mortality in the era of HIV/AIDS
Presenter: Kenneth Hill
HIV/AIDS and women
Presenter: Carolyn Hannan


4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

VI. HIV/AIDS and children
Orphans and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
Presenter: Nicholas Grassly
Measuring child mortality in AIDS-affected countries
Presenter: Mary Mahy
The effect of HIV on child mortality trends in sub-Saharan Africa
Presenter: Sian Floyd


Wednesday, 10 September

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

VII. Projecting mortality in the era of AIDS
The United Nations approach to the projection of HIV/AIDS and its impact on mortality
Presenter: Thomas Buettner
The future of adult mortality under the AIDS threat: estimating and projecting incidence; projecting mortality with HIV/AIDS
Presenter: Peter O. Way


1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

VIII. The development and policy dimensions of HIV/AIDS
The HIV/AIDS epidemic and its social and economic implications
Presenter: Victor Gaigbe-Togbe
National responses to HIV/AIDS: A review of progress
Presenter: Patience Stephens


4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IX. Raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS
Raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS in newspapers
Presenter: Felicity Barringer, New York Times
Raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS in television news
Presenter: Richard Roth, CNN
Raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS in the media
Presenter: Susan Markham, DPI


Thursday, 11 September

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

X. International responses to HIV/AIDS
The role of UNDP in the international responses to HIV/AIDS
Presenter: Monica Sharma
The role of WHO in the international responses to HIV/AIDS
Presenter: WHO representative (not confirmed)


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

XI. The Internet and HIV/AIDS
Internet tools for HIV/AIDS research
Presenter: Armindo Miranda


3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

XII. Overview of lessons learned during the workshop
knowledge and limits about the HIV/AIDS epidemic panel


5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

XIII. Conclusions of Part I of the workshop

XIV. Closing remarks on Part I of the workshop


Part II: Country-Level discussions on follow-up

Friday, 12 September
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

I. Making the demographic perspective count in the fight against HIV/AIDS: opportunities and constraints at country level
Presenter: Armindo Miranda


II. The UN Statistics Division – support for demographic and social statistics at national level     Presenter: Jeremiah Banda


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

III. The role of the UNFPA field offices in Africa
Presenter: Akinyele Dairo

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Country presentations

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m

Country presentations - continued
Democratic Republic of Congo

Saturday, 13 September

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Country presentations - continued
Sierra Leone
South Africa


2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

IV. Summary of the country discussions and specific steps for follow-up


4:30 p.m – 5:00 pm

V. Closing of the workshop 

Technical papers