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Nov 25, 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 November 2005


Dear Reader

1st of December is World Aids Day. It is a day of solidarity with people living with HIV/Aids.

In advance of World Aids Day, UNAIDS and the Word Health Organisation released its yearly report, the "AIDS epidemic update 2005" with new statistics and trends. The number of people living with HIVAIDS has continued to increase in all regions of the world and has reached its highest level: an estimated 40.3 million people, that is, an additional five million new infections in 2005. More than three million people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2005; of these, more than 500000 were children.

Some progress could be achieved. The number of new adult HIV infection has slightly decreased in certain countries, due to changes in behaviour. Access to HIV treatment has improved markedly over the past two years. More than one million people in low-and middle-income countries are now living longer and better lives because they are on antiretroviral treatment.

Little successes encourage, however, the objectives to slow down the spread of HIV/AIDS and to allow all people to have access to treatment have not been reached so far. All over the world, a large number of organisations will organise public events on World AIDS day and will express their solidarity with people affected by HIV/AIDS and stress the demand for access for all to comprehensive prevention, treatment and care. These aidsfocus.news provide a brief overview over activities of Swiss organisation around World AIDS day.

We might meet on the Bundesplatz on December 1, it would be a great pleasure.

Helena Zweifel aidsfocus.ch


CONTENT


NEWS - INVOLVEMENT OF SWISS NGOS IN COMPREHENSIVE HIV-TREATMENT - AIDS UPDATE 2005: INCREASED HIV PREVENTION AND TREATMENT EFFORTS NEEDED TO SLOW AIDS EPIDEMIC - FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS III/2005 - POOR HEALTH, FOOD INSECURITY AND POVERTY - THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS AND STIS IN AFRICA (ICASA) - DISABILITY AND HIV/AIDS AT THE ICASA CONFERENCE

EVENTS 01.12.2005 | STOP AIDS. KEEP THE PROMISE 01.12.2005 | DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY 23.02.2006 | DDC: MAINSTREAMING DU VIH/SIDA EN PRATIQUE 21.04.2006 | AIDSFOCUS.CH CONFERENCE 2006 27.04.2006 | CINFO: LIFE AND WORK IN A WORLD AFFECTED BY AIDS


NEWS


INVOLVEMENT OF SWISS NGOS IN COMPREHENSIVE HIV-TREATMENT

A new report by aidsfocus.ch draws a picture of the HIV/AIDS related treatment and care activities of 12 NGOs in low income countries. All NGOs are working in partnership with local authorities, or local NGOs. 10 NGOs provide a combination of medical care and different forms of support of people living with HIV/AIDS. All NGOs which provide medical care also provide different forms of support (legal, social, psychosocial or else).. Report available in French:

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


AIDS UDATE 2005: INCREASED HIV PREVENTION AND TREATMENT EFFORTS NEEDED TO SLOW AIDS EPIDEMIC

Geneva, 21 November 2005 - There is new evidence that adult HIV infection rates have decreased in certain countries and that changes in behaviour to prevent infection have played a key part in these declines. The new UNAIDS/WHO report also indicates, however, that overall trends in HIV transmission are still increasing, and that far greater HIV prevention efforts are needed to slow the epidemic.

Despite decreases in the rate of infection in certain countries, the overall number of people living with HIV has continued to increase in all regions of the world except the Caribbean. There were an additional five million new infections in 2005. The number of people living with HIV globally has reached its highest level with an estimated 40.3 million people, up from an estimated 37.5 million in 2003. More than three million people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2005; of these, more than 500000 were children.

http://www.unaids.org


FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS III/2005

This former "SDC's HIV/AIDS newsletter" provides news in brief, such as "SDC internal" on encouraging voluntary testing and counselling at the workplace- experiences from Rwanda and Madagascar, international news and a list of new and useful resources. (October 2005)

http://www.sdc-health.ch
http://www.aidsfocus.ch


POOR HEALTH, FOOD INSECURITY AND POVERTY

The vicious circle of ill health, insufficient agricultural production, and poverty is becoming more intense. For this reason we are increasingly facing the challenge of looking at food security in a holistic manner, rather than from a narrow agronomic perspective. The Symposium, organised by Infoagrar on October 13, 2005, put emphasis on the interface between poor health and food insecurity in developing countries. HIV/AIDS and several major diseases in different agricultural production systems were addressed. Abstracts and presentations:

http://www.infoagrar.ch


THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS AND STIS IN AFRICA (ICASA)

ICASA 2005 will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, December 4th - 9th 2005. ICASA is owned and organized by the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and brings together African scientists, social leaders, political leaders and communities who share their experiences and current trends in the management of HIV/AIDS and STIs from an African perspective. Through the ICASA conference, the continent is able to take stock and analyse various responses and their impact on the management of HIV/Aids and STIs in Africa. It also helps African scientists to learn more about what is happening in other African countries.

http://www.icasa2005.org.ng


DISABILITY AND HIV/AIDS AT THE ICASA CONFERENCE

At the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2005, held in Abuja, Nigeria, December 4th - 9th 2005, Handicap International and the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities will held a special satellite session on Disability and HIV/AIDS in Africa and seek broad collaboration to bring about visibility and change. There is growing concern about the vulnerability of people with disability to HIV infection, because they may have limited access to HIV/AIDS prevention information and to HIV testing and treatment services, and especially women or other minority sub-groups are socially vulnerable.

http://www.icasa2005.org.ng
http://www.aidsfocus.ch


EVENTS


01.12.2005 | STOP AIDS. KEEP THE PROMISE

worldwide | The World AIDS Campaign 2005 advocates for the fulfilment of the UN Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and subsequent policy commitments on AIDS under the theme "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise." The Campaign aims to hold the world community accountable to the commitments they make, while at the same time highlighting the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS as an important tool for ensuring a comprehensive response to the epidemic.

http://www.unaids.org


01.12.2005 | DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY

Switzerland | Overview over activities and events organised by Swiss NGOs in order to create awareness on the challenges of HIV/Aids

http://www.aids.ch


23.02.2006 | MAINSTREAMING HIV/AIDS IN PRACTICE

SDC, Ausserholligen | The training provides information for the mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS and strengthens the motivation and competence of the participants. By the end of the day, the participants will know what mainstreaming means and how to integrate the concept into their work in order to reduce risk and vulnerability and to mitigate the negative impacts.

French: 23 February 2006, English: 22 June 2006

http://www.deza.ch


21.04.2006 | AIDSFOCUS.CH CONFERENCE 2006

Bern | HIV/AIDS Prevention and Life-Perspectives - with a special focus on youth is the topic of the upcoming aidsfocus.ch conference 2005. Information on and awareness of HIV/AIDS is important, but not enough to change the behaviour of individuals and groups and/or to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Prevention - the decision to protect one-self and others and to adopt a responsible behaviour - is part of a life-concept and linked to life-perspectives at the individual and the socio-economic level.

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


27.04.2006 | CINFO: LIFE AND WORK IN A WORLD AFFECTED BY AIDS

cinfo, Biel | Aids nimmt auch einen grossen Stellenwert im beruflichen und privaten Leben der im Ausland lebenden MitarbeiterInnen der IZA ein. Das Ziel dieses cinfo-Seminars ist es, die TeilnehmerInnen zu unterstützen, damit sie mit diesen Herausforderungen besser umgehen können.

  1. April 2006, 31. August 2006, 10. Oktober 2006

http://www.cinfo.ch


www.aidsfocus.ch

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, Community St. Anna-Sisters, CO-OPERAID, Déclaration de Berne, Doctors without Borders, FEPA, Fédération Genevoise de Coopération, HEKS, IAMANEH Switzerland, medico international Switzerland, mediCuba-Suisse, missio, mission 21, 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 Foundation, terre des hommes - Switzerland, World Vision Switzerland.