I was invited to this important meeting. On 2nd May was a gathering in Stellenbosch University where papers were presented on how social media and mobile technology might be used for HIV prevention. What is significant is an extremely rapid spread of mobile technology across Africa. Furthermore a number of innovations have been developed in Africa including the mobile phone banking and ‘please call me’ SMS. An interesting point made was people with a mobile should always be able to access help in an emergency: there can be a ‘panic button’ on the phone.
The second day of the meeting was on Robben Island and involved Arch-Bishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Michel Sidibe as the facilitators. There were a number of the commissioners there. Details of the commission can be found on www.hivpreventioncommission.com