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Webinar to Celebrate World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day -
Celebrating Success in Social Service Workforce Strengthening

Monday, March 16, 2015

9:00am – 10:30am Washington, D.C., 1:00 pm London, 3:00pm Harare and Maputo, 4:00pm Addis Ababa

Ending the AIDS epidemic requires a strong, lasting partnership between people living with and most affected by HIV, health workers and the social service workforce. Significant reductions in new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and AIDS-related discrimination are possible through a well-planned commitment to prevent and mitigate the social, economic, and mental health impacts of HIV. Chief among these is the protection of the rights and dignity of everyone, reduction of risk factors associated with HIV infection, increased access to HIV counseling and testing, early diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection, and improved adherence to HIV treatment. This is possible through a social service workforce engaged alongside others to increase access to HIV services, nutritional, legal and economic support to foster the physical, social, and cognitive well-being of people living with and most affected by HIV.
For nearly a decade, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has invested in efforts to strengthen the social service workforce through helping partner governments and other stakeholders better understand the workforce and make plans for a stronger workforce, training workers in the skills that they need to do their jobs well, and improving mechanisms for supervising and supporting the workforce to prevent burnout and enable workers to perform to the best of their ability. In several countries, these efforts have begun to generate impressive results.
In honor of World Social Work Day, PEPFAR and UNAIDS invite you to join a webinar hosted by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance celebrating the achievements of PEPFAR/USAID in three countries: Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. During the webinar, presenters will describe the role of social service workers in supporting HIV-affected children and families and contributing to clinical outcomes and the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic.

Access the webinar on March 16 at this link:


David Chipanta, Senior Advisor Social Protection, UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland
Tsegaye Tilahun, Technical Advisor for Orphan and Vulnerable Children and Household Economic Strengthening, USAID Ethiopia
Collen M Marawanyika, Orphan and Vulnerable Children Specialist, USAID Zimbabwe
Dionisio Matos, Community Care TEam Leader, Integrated Health Office, USAID Mozambique
Anita Sampson,
Interim Senior Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
Maury Mendenhall, MSW, Senior Technical Advisor, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, USAID 

In collaboration with IntraHealth International and 4Children, this webinar series is supported by USAID, PEPFAR and UNAIDS.