Community Focus Group International

The 22nd Interenational AIDS Conference, Amsterdam - July 2018

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world and provides a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programs that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) was hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands July 23-27, 2018.

The theme of AIDS 2018 was Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, which aimed to draw attention t the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations. The first lady of Kenya, Margret Kenyatta, was also in attendance and at her session organized by the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation said the following:

As I reflect on the great gains Kenya has made, what is worrying in the last few years is the widening gap in terms of increased infections among adolescents, especially among young women. The challenges of some of the efforts made, for woman especially, mean that our investments in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV may be wiped out in two decades.

Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya


The Executive Director, Pamela Ateka, also a speaker, poet, and storyteller, received a scholarship as was invited to present at the Global Community events where she presented about Community Focus Group (CFG) and did a live presentation. Former President Bill Clinton was a Keynote presenter closing the conference.