As conference begins, groups urge committment

Many organizations and individuals are taking advantage of the 2008 International AIDS Conference, beginning today in Mexico, to urge increased attention and action on various aspects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  Here are excerpts from articles highlighting a few of these cases.


International AIDS Conference An ‘Expensive Talking Shop’ Unless More Done For Children (Medical News Today)

A leading humanitarian agency has today warned that the world’s biggest conference on HIV and AIDS will miss the mark unless attendees come away making firm commitments to end mother-to-child transmission of the disease, increase access to pediatric treatment and extend care for affected children.

World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization with HIV and AIDS programs in more than 60 countries, says participants in the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City should put children at the focus of their discussions. Fifteen million children have been orphaned by the pandemic, and thousands are infected each week while treatment and care lag that of adults.

  
Ford Foundation Says Rights and Opportunity Are Critical for People Living Longer with HIV (Ford Foundation Press Release)

As millions of people across the globe begin accessing treatment and care for HIV/AIDS, the Ford Foundation today said that creating a world where people with HIV/AIDS can lead full lives with dignity, purpose and access to opportunity is a critical priority in the global response to the disease.

The foundation invited donors, government agencies, NGOs and others to come together around initiatives that advance human rights, elevate leaders from marginalized groups to the highest levels of the AIDS movement, promote government accountability on both medical and social progress, and ensure equitable distribution of AIDS programs and services.

   
Annie Lennox urges women to invigorate AIDS fight (Associated Press)

Annie Lennox says complacency threatens to slow the fight against AIDS.

The singer-songwriter is participating in the international AIDS conference in Mexico City this week as an ambassador for Oxfam.

On Saturday, she urged artists, musicians, filmmakers and women to keep the issue at the forefront.  She says, ”This dialogue must not go off the table.”

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~ by h.e.g. on August 3, 2008.

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