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aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 04.04.2005

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Apr 21, 2005

ELECTORNIC BULLETIN OF THE SWISS PLATFORM ON HIV/AIDS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

THE ELECTRONIC BULLETIN OF THE SWISS PLATFORM FOR HIV/AIDS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION


Dear Reader,

The flood of information on HIV/Aids from southern and eastern Africa may give the impression that HIV/Aids was mainly a problem of southern and eastern Africa. But this impression is wrong. We all know how the proliferation of HIV/Aids threatens all countries world wide – with drastic consequences for women, men and children alike. Many partner organizations of aidsfocus.ch support major projects and partners in West Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe in their struggle against the continuing spread of HIV/Aids.

And the website of aidsfocus.ch is a good mirror of this bias, particularly because the majority of the articles on HIV/Aids and the publications of international organizations are written in english.

Here, the french-speaking service PlusNews of the Integrated Regional Information Networks (Réseau d'information régional integer, IRIN) represents a vital and most welcomed counterbalance. PlusNews is on the air almost daily with the latest news on HIV/Aids, answering questions about the access to HIV/Aids-tests and anti-retroviral treatment in West Africa, or about the particular vulnerability of migrant women in Senegal, and speaking about the consequences of armed conflicts in the Côte d'Ivoire, or about stigma and taboo in Togo, etc..

Besides, PlusNews provides country profiles from West-, East- and South Africa not only featuring key figures as to the situation of HIV/Aids in the respective countries, but also sharing an extremely valuable list with the addresses of public institutions and NGOs.

Take a look! It is sure worthwhile...

Helena Zweifel aidsfocus.ch


IN FOCUS - PLUSNEWS FRENCH SERVICE - AN HIV/AIDS SERVICE FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

NEWS - THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF AFFORDABLE GENERICS - PROTEST AGAINST THE PATENTS AMENDMENT BILL - AIDS-CARE-WATCH CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES ON WORLD TB DAY - WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF GLOBAL AIDS FIGHT

NEW DOCUMENTS - FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS I/2005 - AIDS IN AFRICA: THREE SCENARIOS TO 2025 - LIFE SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION FOR HIV PREVENTION: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

EVENTS 12.04.2005 AIDSFOCUS.CH: ". AND ONE CAN DARE TO HOPE AND DARE TO REMEMBER"


IN FOCUS


PLUSNEWS FRENCH SERVICE - AN HIV/AIDS SERVICE FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

PlusNews coverage is now available in French in addition to English. PlusNews is an e-mail and web-based HIV/AIDS information service for sub-Saharan Africa, run by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN).

PlusNews provides news, information and analysis on the struggle being waged against HIV/AIDS across Africa, including coverage of the wealth of community-based activities, government initiatives and donor programmes targeting the pandemic. The overarching goal of the service is to help build sustainable information networks between organisations on the ground - especially those representing people living with HIV and AIDS - to promote the local sharing of knowledge and experience. PlusNews offers access to the latest epidemiological data, information on government programmes, donor initiatives, local civil society activities, expert analysis, and - crucially - the voices of people directly affected by HIV/AIDS.

The service Part of PlusNews' strength, regularly cited in feedback by readers, is its unique Africa-wide coverage. No other HIV/AIDS information service can produce reports of matching relevance and consistent quality on the impact of the epidemic from countries as geographically and culturally diverse as, for example, Namibia and Nigeria. News service: PlusNews reporting focuses on the humanitarian, political, economic, cultural and regional contexts of the HIV/AIDS crisis. It uses both local journalists and IRIN staff writers to provide a unique service that mixes colour features with in-depth analysis. Newsletter: PlusNews also produces a weekly electronic newsletter, which includes summaries of the articles produced during the previous week, together with a digest of upcoming conferences, synopsis of selected research and web links to the latest resource materials. Country profiles: PlusNews has developed a series of "Country Profiles" with regularly updated and annotated contact details for relevant government departments, NGOs and organisations of people living with AIDS, as well as country socioeconomic indicators and the latest epidemiological data.

http://www.plusnews.org


NEWS


THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF AFFORDABLE GENERICS

Delhi, India, March 22nd 2005 - Under a new Bill approved today, India will start granting product patents for medicines - something they have not done since 1970 - without the necessary procedures in place to safeguard against wholesale hiking of medicine prices. India amended its 1970 Patent Act in order to be compliant with the requirements of the World Trade Organization.

A key safeguard to assure availability of affordable medicines is the procedure of compulsory licenses - government grants patents but allows generic companies to make their versions of the patented medicines against a payment of a royalty to the patent holder. However, in the Bill that passed the Lower House (Lok Sabha) today procedures are still extremely complex and there is no control on levels of royalties to be paid, which will lead to endless litigation and delays. (Press Release Issued by the Affordable Medicines and Treatment Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières, Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit, Alternative Law Forum) Full text:

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PROTEST AGAINST THE PATENTS AMENDMENT BILL

The Bern Declaration and Fédération Genevoise de Coopération (FGC) have co-signed a letter addressed to India's prime minister and speaker of parliament.

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


AIDS-CARE-WATCH CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES ON WORLD TB DAY

Tuberculosis (TB) is the biggest killer of people living with HIV/AIDS, who have a 50% lifetime risk of developing the disease. The AIDSCareWatch Campaign aims to raise awareness about all care and treatment options that are keeping people with HIV alive, particularly the vast majority who are still waiting for ARVs. More information on the campaign:

http://www.aidscarewatch.org


WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF GLOBAL AIDS FIGHT
  1. March 2005 - On International Women's Day, we celebrate women - their strength, their capacity for caring and compassion and the range of achievements they have made in their public, professional, and private lives. It is also a day on which we reflect on some of the difficulties women face in their daily lives - even on Women's Day.

Today, all over the world, women who are infected with HIV are getting on with life. In some places they are able to live full and productive lives. In others, they desperately need support and counselling. Women who are sick with AIDS continue to suffer. Women looking after ill relatives continue to provide love and care - often with minimal resources. And today, as on every other day of the year, another 7,000 women will be infected by HIV. (Press Release by UNAIDS) Full text:

http://www.unaids.org


NEW RESOURCES


FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS I/2005

Focus on HIV/AIDS, the former "SDC's HIV/AIDS newsletter", brings SDC internal news (e.g. SDC Ukraine setting a milestone in mainstreaming HIV/AIDS) as well as news from Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America. In English and French. (March 2005).

http://www.sdc-health.ch


AIDS IN AFRICA: THREE SCENARIOS TO 2025

The new report by UNAIDS, presents three possible case studies for how the AIDS epidemic in Africa could evolve over the next 20 years based on policy decisions taken today by African leaders and the rest of the world.

The scenarios set out to answer one central question: 'Over the next 20 years, what factors will drive Africa's and the world's responses to the AIDS epidemic, and what kind of future will there be for the next generation?'

http://www.unaids.org


LIFE SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION FOR HIV PREVENTION: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

The new publication by the UK Working Group on Education and HIV/AIDS brings together critical thinking from the fields of public health and education to understand some of the challenges in using life skills education for HIV prevention. Difficulties such as adapting participatory approaches to the classroom, cultural clashes, and a lack of pedagogy are explored. (ActionAid International/ Save the Children 2005)

http://www.aidsconsortium.org.uk


EVENTS


12.04.2005 | ". AND ONE CAN DARE TO HOPE AND DARE TO REMEMBER". AIDSFOCUS CONFERENCE 2005

Bern | This year's conference of aidsfocus.ch focuses on Memory Work: Coping Strategies in the Face of AIDS. The documentary film "Strength from Remembering" leads us into the world of memory work. Resource persons from Africa will share their experiences and reflections of working with people living with HIV/AIDS. Options of integration of memory work in programmes of development cooperation will be highlighted and discussed.

Guest Speakers: Annet Biryetega, National Coordinator for the National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA), Uganda. Jonathan Morgan, former Director of the Memory Work Project, Capetown University, Coordinator of the 10MMP, South Africa. Noreen Huni, Executive Director of REPSSI, Zimbabwe.

Programme and registration:

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


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aidsfocus.ch is a project set up by Medicus Mundi Switzerland. aidsfocus.ch is sponsored and shaped by 26 partner organizations who support the aims and activities of the platform through their financial contributions, expertise and commitment.

Partners: AIDS & Child, Bethlehem Mission Immensee, Caritas Switzerland, cinfo, CO-OPERAID, Déclaration de Berne, Doctors without Borders, Fondation Terre des hommes, Fédération Genevoise de Coopération, Gemeinschaft St. Anna-Schwestern, HEKS, IAMANEH Switzerland, medico international Switzerland, mediCuba-Suisse, mission, REPSSI, SolidarMed, Swiss Aids Care International, Swiss Aids Federation, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, Swiss MIVA, Swiss Red Cross, Swiss Tropical Institute, Tear Fund, terre des hommes - Switzerland, World Vision Switzerland.