The top priority at a conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific was the battle against stigma and discrimination a topic that consumed some three-quarters of a four-day AIDS conference which ended Thursday.
This is a critical time for national human rights institutions to engage in AIDS response, said UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
We have learned that we will not succeed against HIV unless we address discrimination, gender inequality and other human rights abuses that drive the epidemic, he told some 2,500 conference delegates from 70 countries, according to World Vision. more >>
The Anglican Church in Nigeria has imposed a nationwide condition that couples take an HIV test before they are married by the church.
HIV tests are required to help couples make more informed choices when choosing marriage partners, said the Rev. Akintunde Popoola,,a spokesman for the Anglican Church in Nigeria.
The aim is to help intending couples to make informed decisions because we dont want anyone to be kept in the dark about their partner, he said, according to the BBC News website Friday. more >>
Governments cannot be expected to win the fight against AIDS alone, said the head of the largest international funder of anti-pandemic programs.
"The fight against AIDS cannot only be won by countries, it has to involve the civil societies, which has to involve the community affected by the disease, Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, the executive director of The Global Fund, told reporters at the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP).
It has to get more and more involvement of the private sector," he added. "We need more resources not only more resources, resources that are sustainable." more >>
The first-ever international conference on womens leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS opened Thursday to over 1,500 women and men including some of the worlds leading experts on the pandemic.
Church leaders, activists, and U.N. officials have convened in Nairobi, Kenya, for the International Womens Summit: Womens Leadership Making a Difference on HIV and AIDS conference organized by the Kenyan YWCA (Young Womens Christian Association).
This conference places womens leadership in focus. This is extremely important as it is always women who are hardest hit by the epidemic, said Anne-Marie Helland, Norwegian Church Aids special advisor for social and political rights, according to NCA. Norwegian Church Aid is one of the conferences sponsors. more >>
WASHINGTON U.S. first lady Laura Bush praised faith-based groups for their contributions in the fight against Africas deadliest killers HIV/AIDS and Malaria as she wrapped-up her four-nation tour last week.
Mrs. Bush, joined by her daughter Jenna, concluded her Africa tour Friday after visiting countries benefiting from U.S. financial support for HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment programs. Her weeklong visit included spots in Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia, and Mali.
Religious institutions bring a personal healing touch to the fight against AIDS, Bush said at the Mututa Memorial Center in Zambia, according to The Associated Press. She added that Zambian health caregivers know very well the healing power of faith. more >>
First Lady Laura Bush announced Wednesday a $507 million grant to Mozambique to build roads and wells that will be use in the battle against the countrys biggest killer and the continent's biggest child killer.
The southeastern African nation will use the fund to improve roads, agriculture, and install water wells to provide clean water.
The compact will help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and by providing safe water for nearly 2 million people, the devastating toll of the water-borne disease including malaria would be reduced, Bush told a gathering of religious groups, according to Reuters. more >>