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Levi Strauss & Co. & the Levi Strauss Foundation: Pioneers in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS for 30 years

Posted 20 juillet 2012, 10:09 , by Guest

By Paurvi Bhatt, Senior Director of Strategic Health Initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co.

Thirty years ago, leaders and employees at Levi Strauss & Co., facing the loss of colleagues and friends, came together to support each other and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. We were one of the first companies to do so. A few years later, in 1987, our employees joined others in remembering our affected colleagues by creating an AIDS Memorial Quilt panel. It was a small step in the wake of tremendous loss, but it symbolized our commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. 

Now, after three decades of leading the business response to HIV/AIDS, Levi Strauss & Co. is proud to present our new panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. This time, the panel represents our commitment to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. It captures the voice of this generation of Levi Strauss & Co. employees – committed and ready to create an HIV-free future.  More...

Reporting from the International AIDS Conference

Posted 12 juillet 2012, 08:15 , by Guest

By Ian Hodgson, International HIV/AIDS Alliance Key Correspondent

This year, the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) comes back to the US after 22 years of absence.

From what began as a meeting of like-minded scientists in 1985, the International AIDS Conference has grown to not only the biggest conference on HIV, but also the largest global event covering a single topic. For citizen journalists, with deadlines to meet, readers to inform, and editors to please, the sheer size of the conference and the plethora of available information can be bewildering. With an appropriate strategy in place, however, it is possible to make sense of this rollercoaster ride, producing informed and effective materials. And learn a lot, too. More...

NAM’s Online Scientific News Coverage of AIDS 2012

Posted 06 juillet 2012, 11:05 , by Guest

By Keith Alcorn, Senior Editor, NAM

NAM is proud to provide the official online scientific news coverage at AIDS 2012 through our website aidsmap.com. Our international team of writers based in London, Berlin, Cape Town, New York, San Francisco and Toronto has been providing online coverage of international conferences since 2000 through our website aidsmap.com. This is our fourth year as the International AIDS Society’s official scientific news partner, and we know that this is going to be our busiest conference yet! More...

Transitions in Financing HIV and AIDS Programmes

Posted 02 juillet 2012, 08:55 , by Guest

By Patrick L. Osewe, Lead Health Specialist for the Southern Africa region of the World Bank

Patrick L. OseweWhile participating in a study of HIV spending efficiency in South Africa, I met a young HIV-positive mother who had just received the joyful news that her new-born daughter was healthy and HIV-free. Wiping away tears of relief, she described the gratitude she felt for the antenatal clinic staff, who had helped start her on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and thanks to whom she now had the hope of a bright future for her daughter.

This encounter was just one among many similar incidents during the study – and, as our preliminary data show, is representative of the positive impact of the Government’s strong commitment to bringing down rates of HIV. 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...

AIDS 2012: Expectations and Questions

Posted 27 juin 2012, 01:37 , by Guest

By Prakash Tyagi* (India), International HIV/AIDS Alliance Key Correspondent

Prakash TyagiThe International AIDS Conference is returning to the U.S. after 22 years. Undoubtedly, the interest levels will be high and the expectations will be huge for about 20,000 people attending the conference, and for the rest of the world!

Since AIDS 2010 in Vienna, a number of important developments have taken place. Close to three decades into the pandemic, there are signs of rolling back the huge toll of HIV. Prevention prospects have shown the glimmer of hope with the new discoveries such as the microbicide gel. Universal coverage of Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) has improved significantly, including in a number of low- and middle-income countries. On the flipside, the funding scene has not been very encouraging. More...

Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) for the 7th year official media partner of the International AIDS Society

Posted 04 juin 2012, 11:17 , by Guest

By Ed King, VP, Editorial, Clinical Care Options and Kate Evans, Senior Director of Program Development, Clinical Care Options

Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) is the leading provider of HIV professional education worldwide, with an active and continually growing membership that includes healthcare professionals from over 200 countries. The company specializes in developing the highest-quality independent interactive medical education programs, which are free to participants, in order to help HIV treaters apply best evidence-based practices for their patients.

2012 marks CCO’s 7th year as the exclusive official partner of the International AIDS Society for online scientific analysis of the annual meeting. As the International AIDS Conference returns to the US for the first time More...

Turning the tide together – what does it mean for children?

Posted 31 mai 2012, 10:39 , by Guest

By Priscilla Atwani Idele, PhD, UNICEF Statistic Expert and recipient of the 2010 IAS/CCABA Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS

Every two years, over 20,000 delegates attend the International AIDS Conference to deliberate on many issues around HIV and AIDS; to assess progress, present new science; to chart the way forward and turn the tide together! Who turns the tide for the children? Who speaks, acts, talks and fights for children at this mammoth biannual conference?

Children are without a voice or platform and are among the most vulnerable. Children depend on their caretakers for all their health and development needs – including HIV care and treatment for themselves and for their mothers.

We know HIV treatment works. Access to care and effective treatment to mothers, means that the risk of a child being born with HIV is almost non-existent. That child’s mother will live with HIV as she would with any chronic illness.

Turning the tide against HIV means ensuring health and survival of both mothers and their children. If children are to More...

Volunteering for the International AIDS Conference

Posted 24 mai 2012, 07:53 , by Guest

By John Von Dadelszen, Volunteer Coordinator at AIDS 2010

I was fortunate to be selected as a volunteer coordinator at AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, where I was assigned to the Registration Area and the Global Village. Thanks to the vital work of volunteers, over 17,000 delegates and media representatives passed through the registration area, while in the Global Village members of the public, hosted groups and organizations gathered from around the world.

The first job that volunteers undertook was the preparation of conference bags for delegates, a task that involved a huge human chain production line. As volunteers dutifully arrived for the first shift, what was apparent was the selflessness determination that every individual displayed in undertaking what was not a particularly glamorous job. Before long, the sun was high and the temperature approached 30⁰C. 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...