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Global Village: The Heart of AIDS 2012

Posted 27 juillet 2012, 12:40 , by Guest

By International HIV/AIDS Alliance Key Correspondent Prakash Tyagi from India

It has been said and proven time and again that HIV and AIDS are not solely medical problems, but have deep social and economic links, consequences and implications. Over the years, the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference has been a platform for communities, activists and practitioners representing diversity and solidarity.

The Global Village at AIDS 2012 opened up on Monday 22 July. At more than 190,000 square feet the Global Village, it is the largest to date. There are 90 countries participating with over 120 booths and a wide range of activities and information.

At the opening, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, described the Global Village as the “real heart” of the conference and the space for the exchange of ideas. “The end of AIDS is not free. It is not too expensive.More...

Red Ribbon Awards Recognize Community Leadership

Posted 26 juillet 2012, 12:05 , by Guest

By Yahir Zavaleta, HIV Programme Director, Espolea

When we were first informed of the selection of Espolea as a recipient of the Red Ribbon Award (RRA), we were jumping up and down with excitement. We then realized the many young people that we still need to impact and all those that we haven’t reached out to just yet. We thought of the unfinished activities, the passionate discussions with other organizations and policy makers, and the never sufficient workshops with peers. We were happy but also realized the long path that still lies before us.

As every two years, UNAIDS (UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS) and other partners, recognize outstanding community leadership and actions in the response to HIV and AIDS. This year, Espolea has the honor of standing between nine other organizations including The Help (Myanmar), Foundation SEROvie (Haiti), Afraye Sabz Association (Iran), Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (Kenya), Positive Women’s Network (Sri Lanka), Patients in Control (Russia), Delhi Network of Positive People (India), Giramatsiko Post Test Club (Uganda), and the Global Youth Coalition against AIDS (Egypt). More...

Remembering Loved Ones the World Over: the AIDS Quilt

Posted 25 juillet 2012, 06:03 , by Guest

By International HIV/AIDS Alliance Key Correspondent Thuletu Tikili Hanene from Zambia

Most of us in Africa remember the time when the AIDS Memorial Quilt was used as a tool to highlight the personal grief people who had lost loved ones to AIDS felt in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. For me personally that’s when I believe the tide started turning as it marked the beginning of people in West taking note of the destruction that AIDS was leaving in affected populations not only in the USA but in Africa as well.

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died due to AIDS related illnesses, and to help people understand the devastating impact of HIV. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation for a project that came to be known as the Name’s Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. More...

Research, Policy, and Practice Meet at the Community & Science Speak Networking Zone in the Global Village

Posted 12 juillet 2012, 11:35 , by Conference Leadership

By Diane Havlir, AIDS 2012 U.S. Co-Chair; Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Chief, HIV/AIDS Division & Positive Health Program, San Francisco General Hospital; and Chair, HIV-TB Work Group, Stop TB Partnership

 AIDS 2012 will provide a great opportunity to interact with HIV clinicians, researchers, advocates, activists, and others from across the globe. Join the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, and STOP AIDS NOW! to share your knowledge and expertise, and to learn, network and collaborate. Visit Networking Zone 821 in the Global Village and enjoy our interactive program as we bridge the gap between science, policy, and practice. 
On Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday during AIDS 2012, STOP AIDS NOW! will share  concrete tools and offer sessions on: prevention More...

Interfaith pre-conference, “Taking Action for Health, Dignity, and Justice”

Posted 29 juin 2012, 08:30 , by Guest

By Sarah Speicher, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Hundreds of representatives of different faiths around the world are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in AIDS 2012, the XIX International AIDS Conference on 22-27 July 2012.

Just days before, however, many will attend an interfaith conference at Howard University that will look at the current challenges and opportunities in developing an effective response to HIV.

The interfaith pre-conference, “Taking Action for Health, Dignity, and Justice” will be held on 20-21 July. Participants will focus on the response to HIV from faith communities, and will explore both advocacy and on the ground responses during three plenary sessions and numerous workshops. More...

Count HIV-positive Women in at AIDS 2012!

Posted 15 juin 2012, 11:18 , by Guest

By Sonia Rastogi, U.S. Positive Women’s Network

T-minus 38 days until the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C. This is my first International AIDS Conference. As a young woman living with HIV, I am excited because most of the HIV-positive U.S. women I know have never attended an International AIDS Conference. This is our opportunity to connect with women and girls living with HIV across the globe, to learn from each other, develop collective wisdom, and to strengthen a shared sense of urgency regarding priorities for women living with and vulnerable to HIV globally.

We are at a critical moment in HIV history. We have the science to end the epidemic and, equally as important, 30 years of community and grassroots knowledge and expertise on how to curb it. For the U.S., the conference falls in the thick of the 2012 election cycle; an election where our country’s access to affordable, quality health care, the protections against gender-based violence and women’s sexual and reproductive rights will once again be up for an archaic debate. More...

Key Correspondents (KC) of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance are getting ready for AIDS 2012

Posted 07 mai 2012, 10:59 , by Guest

By Hester Phillips, Programme Support Officer for the KC team. The KC team is an independent network, supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The Alliance provides long distance mentoring for KCs plus training and reporting opportunities. It also provides international platforms to showcase KC work.

Hearing voices from the communities most affected by HIV is crucial to the global response to the epidemic. And as 25,000 delegates plan to attend AIDS 2012 in July, the Key Correspondents, a team of citizen journalists supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, are getting ready to give their perspective on proceedings.

The KC team is a global network of community-based writers from around 50 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. A large number of KCs are people living with or affected by HIV. All are volunteers and include those working in advocacy, media, health and development. More...

Conference Hubs: Bringing AIDS 2012 to Your Community

Posted 14 mars 2012, 07:53 , by Conference Secretariat

In order to enable communities that cannot attend AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C., to take advantage of the education and science presented at the conference, conference sessions will be recorded free of charge for organizations active in the HIV/AIDS response and can be downloaded and screened at organizers’ discretion. These sessions are typically followed by moderated discussions with local or regional experts to examine how the session content can be used to strengthen the HIV/AIDS response. Conference hubs may also feature workshops and trainings in addition to the conference sessions. Conference hubs should facilitate discussion and debate among stakeholders, potentially leading to the development of a comprehensive plan for future action at the local or regional levels. More...