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aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 08.07.2004

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Jul 08, 2004

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 July 2004


Dear Reader,

The XV International AIDS Conference that will take place in Bangkok from July 11 to 16, 2004, will help to put the international dimension and challenges of HIV/Aids on the Swiss public agenda. "Access for all" is the theme of the upcoming conference that will focus on improved access to HIV-related prevention, treatment and resources, particularly among women and youth. Only a small percentage of the people at risk in the South have access to adequate information and prevention facilities, and even less have access to comprehensive treatment and care. Improving access for all is a crucial factor in the struggle for reaching the goals in fighting the epidemic.

If you are interested in getting the most recent information and “virtually attend” the conference, please visit the official conference site for more information and/or www.Kaisernetwork.org, a special service providing daily coverage of the conference. On September 2, 2004, the Swiss Aids federation, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, SDC and aidsfocus.ch will invite you for a follow up conference in order to share information and reflections on recent developments and debates (in German and French).

Helena Zweifel aidsfocus.ch


FOCUS: THE XV INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE


XV INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE: DAILY COVERAGE

Bangkok, Thailand, July 11 - 16, 2004. The XV International AIDS Conference links community and science to galvanize the world’s response to HIV/AIDS through increased commitment, leadership and accountability. Kaisernetwork.org will provide daily coverage of the conference - including webcasts, interviews, news summaries and more.

Extensive coverage will include: • Live and tape-delayed webcasts and transcripts of each day's sessions, including the opening and closing ceremonies, all plenary sessions, and selected other sessions and press conferences • Daily video and text highlights of conference news • Brief text summaries of and slide presentations from select sessions • Interviews with newsmakers and journalists summarizing conference developments • Video features on community responses to HIV/AIDS around the world • Extended news coverage in the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report • A Guide to Coverage

http://www.kaisernetwork.org


UNAIDS RELEASES GLOBAL AIDS REPORT

UNAIDS launched the "2004 Report on the global AIDS epidemic" on July 6. The flagship report provides the latest global HIV and AIDS estimates. Rates of infection are still on the rise in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2003 alone, an estimated 3 million people in the region became newly infected. New epidemics appear to be advancing unchecked in other places, notably Eastern Europe and Asia – regions that are experiencing the fastest-growing epidemics in the world.

The major challenges: The female face of the epidemic - women accounted for nearly 50% of all people living with HIV worldwide and for 57% in sub-Saharan Africa. Young people – 15-24 year olds – account for nearly half of all new HIV infections worldwide. Scaling up treatment programmes providing life-prolonging antiretroviral therapy. Several countries in southern Africa face a growing crisis in delivering vital public services that are crucial to the AIDS response. According to newly revised costing estimates, an estimated US$12 billion (up from US$10 billion) will be needed by 2005 and US$20 billion by 2007 for prevention and care in low- and middle-income countries.

http://www.unaids.org


DEVELOPMENT OUTREACH SPECIAL REPORT JULY 2004: ACCESS FOR ALL

On the occasion of the IAC, the Development Outreach Special Report focuses on the theme “Access for All” - Fighting HIV/AIDS. The articles in this issue point out that it is access to information about the epidemic, appropriate policies, and HIV/AIDS services for all affected and infected groups that make a difference in fighting HIV/AIDS.

The special report opens with an article by Peter Piot urging an exceptional response to HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific to take advantage of the current window of opportunity to curtail the epidemic, because this region has the second highest numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in the world. Patricio Marquez also presents a window of opportunity—one that was seized by the Barbados government, who acted early and with remarkable success to scale up access to antiretroviral treatment for those needing it. Dave Burrows and Anya Sarang present a different picture for the country with the world’s fastest growing HIV epidemic, Russia.

http://www1.worldbank.org


11.07.2004 | XV INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE

Bangkok, Thailand | The XV International AIDS Conference, taking place in Bangkok July 11-16, 2004, links community and science to galvanize the world’s response to HIV/AIDS through increased commitment, leadership and accountability. The theme “Access for All” reflects the need for all groups, including scientists, community workers and leaders, from all levels, from the field, the public and private sectors, to have access to all resources developed after 20 years of living with HIV/AIDS.

http://www.aids2004.org


02.09.2004 | SCHWEIZER TAGUNG NACH DER INTERNATIONALEN AIDS-KONFERENZ

Biel | „Access for all“ – Die Aids-Hilfe Schweiz, das Bundesamt für Gesundheit, die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit und aidsfocus.ch organisieren eine Fachtagung im Nachgang zur Internationalen Aids-Konferenz zu den wichtigsten Erkenntnissen aus Bangkok. (German and French only)

http://www.aids.ch


www.aidsfocus.ch

aidsfocus.ch is a project set up by Medicus Mundi Switzerland. aidsfocus.ch is sponsored and shaped by partner organizations who support the aims and activities of the platform through their financial contributions, expertise and commitment. It is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (sdc).

Partners: AIDS & CHILD, Bethlehem Mission Immensee, cinfo, CO-OPERAID, Déclaration de Berne, Fondation Terre des hommes, Fédération Genevoise de Coopération, Gemeinschaft der St. Anna-Schwestern, HEKS, IAMANEH Switzerland, medico international Switzerland, mediCuba-Suisse, REPSSI, SolidarMed, Swiss Aids Federation, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, Swiss MIVA, Swiss Red Cross, Swiss Tropical Institute, terre des hommes – Switzerland, World Vision Switzerland.

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