Theme: Sexual and Reproductive Health

Registration and Welcome coffee

Places are limited, so we advise you to arrive early. The event will start at the indicated time and without delay.

Engaging men and boys in reproductive health programs: why, when and how?


Wafaa Chreif (Midwife Supervisor / MSF-Lebanon)Patricia Dumazert (Mental Health Activity Manager / MSF-Bolivia) and Suzana Cavenaghi (Consultant in Demography and Reproductive Health and former researcher and teacher of the Master and Doctorate Program in Population, Territory and Public Statistics / National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE), Brazil)


Jennifer Marx (Youth and Adolescent Health Advisor, MSF-Brazil)

Engaging men and boys in reproductive health programs: why, when and how?

In 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development drew attention to the need to include men and boys in reproductive health programs. Not only do men have direct and indirect influence on contraceptive methods, but they also impact decisions about ideal family size, especially in highly patriarchal societies. Research has already revealed how men and women have distinct reproductive intentions and different levels of knowledge and acceptance of contraceptive methods, even within couples. However, in many societies, the discussion about family planning between partners is seen as inadequate. So, in which situations is it important to engage men and boys in reproductive health programs? And when should we focus exclusively women? What methods are effective to bring men into the discussion about family planning? Is it enough to engage them without challenging highly unequal gender norms?

Coffee Break

Transforming HIV and tuberculosis care programs through community engagement


Mbali Beryl Jiyane (Social Media Analyst / MSF South Africa), Maria Eduarda Aguiar (President / ‘Grupo pela Vida’, Brazil)and Leticia Ikeda (Professor at Unisinos Health School and Health Specialist at Health State Department/Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)


Valeska Antunes (Doctor at ‘Consultório na Rua´, Brazil)

Transforming HIV and TB care programs through community engagement

Studies have shown that community engagement strategies play a key role in the prevention, detection and management of various types of diseases. In the specific case of HIV and tuberculosis, people-centered approaches are well-recognized components of care programs that provide a greater degree of autonomy, adherence to care, and satisfaction with the long-term treatment regimen. Even today, factors such as inequality, social stigma and poverty are recognized as important barriers to the effective involvement of people affected by HIV and tuberculosis. That is why current public health efforts focus on assessing innovative, sustainable and replicable models and practices, which promote community participation using recent technological advances.


Health services and LGBTI+ population: a debate on access and unawareness


Farisai Gamariel (Professor at the Catholic University of Mozambique and former Operational Assistant for Research and Patient Support / MSF Mozambique), Néstor Rubiano (Deputy Medical Coordinator and Mental Health Reference / MSF Mexico) and Gilmara Cunha (General Director of  ‘Conexão G‘ Group of LGBT Citizenship Slum Residents, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


Brenda Hoagland (Infectologist at Evandro Chagas Clinical Research Institute / Fiocruz, Brasil)

Health services and the LGBTI + population: a debate on access and unawareness

Discrimination against LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex +) population by healthcare professionals in care spaces is a reality already recognized by many organizations – such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), through the resolution of its Member States on LGBT health. Prejudice and lack of information can lead to enormous challenges for the population’s access to services and a greater risk of poor-quality care. Healthcare reduced to partial policies to fight HIV/AIDS and a pathological view of LGBTI+ status are still recurrent. Civil society has been struggling to reverse this scenario and to widely recognize the demands of this population. Thus, it is necessary to promote deeper debates regarding the specificities of the LGBTI+ population, as well as the possible strategies to be used to reverse the distance between it and the health services.