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aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 25.11.2005

aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 25.11.2005
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Nov 25, 2005

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

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 EPIDEMIC UPDATE: DECEMBER 2005

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.

Kenya, Zimbabwe and some countries in the Caribbean region all show declines in HIV prevalence over the past few years with overall adult infection rates decreasing in Kenya from a peak of 10% in the late 1990s to 7% in 2003 and evidence of drops in HIV rates among pregnant women in Zimbabwe from 26% in 2003 to 21% in 2004.

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.

These latest findings were published in AIDS Epidemic Update 2005, the annual report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The joint report, which this year focuses on HIV prevention, was released today in advance of World AIDS Day, marked worldwide on the first of December.

http://www.unaids.org


LA MÉMOIRE POUR FAIRE FACE

Interview avec Annet Biryetega, coordinatrice nationale de l'ONG ougandaise NACWOLA qui compte 40 000 membres dans le pays. Elle parle de son engagement et le "travail de mémoire" effectué dans son pays.

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


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


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.

Another objective of the ICASA conferences is to provide a forum for scientists, policy makers, political leaders, people living with Aids, and communities to share on the current advances and strategies in the management of HIV/AIDS and STIs. These are analysed from a community, socio-economic, cultural and scientific viewpoints. The conference will then come up with strategic priorities, charting the way on how to tackle HIV/AIDS from the African viewpoint.

http://www.icasa2005.org.ng


MEETING POINT MIT RUEDI LÜTHY VERSCHOBEN!

Leider müssen wir den für den 15. Dezember 2005 geplanten Meeting Point mit Dr. Ruedi Lüthy in Bern auf den März 2006 verschieben (Datum wird noch bekanntgegeben).

Am 14./15. Dezember 2005 organisiert die Aids-Hilfe Schweiz anlässlich ihres 20. Geburtstages das Schweizer Aids-Forum. Der Nachmittag des 15. Dezembers 2005 ist dem Thema Migration und HIV-Arbeit im Ausland gewidmet, auch mit Beiträgen von aidsfocus-PartnerInnen. Das Aids-Forum bietet eine einmalige Plattform für einen Austausch und Dialog unter Personen, die im In- und Ausland in unterschiedlichen Bereichen tätig sind, einem gemeinsamen Engagement und Ziel: die Verbreitung von HIV/Aids zu bekämpfen und die Lebensqualität der von HIV/Aids betroffenen Menschen zu erhalten. Zu diesem Forum sind alle Interessierten herzlich eingeladen.

http://www.aids.ch


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. In many countries in sub-Saharan Africa there is growing concern about the vulnerability of people with disability to HIV infection, because people with disability may have limited access to HIV/AIDS prevention information and to HIV testing and treatment services, and people with disability, especially women or other minority sub-groups, are socially vulnerable.

http://www.icasa2005.org.ng

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


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.

The World AIDS Campaign also aims to ensure individuals are actively engaged in the response under the theme "Stop AIDS. Make the Promise."

The agreement in 2001 by Heads of State and Representatives of Government to support the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS marked a milestone in the history of the AIDS epidemic. It sent a signal from governments that urgency would be needed in addressing the devastation of the global epidemic with leadership, honesty and action.

http://www.unaids.org


01.12.2005 | AM 1. DEZEMBER IST WELT-AIDS-TAG!

Ganze Schweiz | Anlässlich des Welt-Aids-Tages am 1. Dezember 2005 organisieren zahlreiche Organisationen schweizweit verschiedene Aktivitäten. Ziel ist, die Schweizer Bevölkerung für die aktuellen Herausforderungen von HIV/Aids zu sensibilisieren. Einige Partnerorganisationen von aidsfocus.ch setzen den Schwerpunkt auf den Zugang zu HIV-Medikamenten in Drittweltländern, andere, v.a. die e AHS setzt den den Schwerpunkt auf das Thema «serodisclosure».

Veranstaltungshinweise von aidsfocus-Partnerorganisationen werden in den traditionellen Veranstaltungskalender der AHS integriert. Bitte Eure Daten direkt senden an cynthia.buerki@aids.ch

http://www.aids.ch


01.12.2005 | AFRIKA BRAUCHT MEDIKAMENTE - JETZT!

Bern, Bundesplatz | Übergabe der Petition. Mehr als 20 000 Personen haben die Petition "Afrika braucht Medikamente - jetzt!" von Bethlehem Mission Immensee und HEKS unterschrieben. Am 1. Dezember, dem Welt Aids Tag, wird die Petition vor einem Bild mit 8000 Kerzen überreicht. Doris Leuthard, CVP-Nationalrätin, und Franco Cavalli, SP-Nationalrat, nehmen in ihren Ansprachen die Forderungen der Petition auf. Diese richten sich an Bund, Pharma-Industrie und Kirchen und sind weiterhin aktuell: - höhere Beiträge zur Bekämpfung von Aids - tiefere Medikamentenpreise - Offenheit im Umgang mit HIV/Aids und Sexualität.

Setzen Sie ein Zeichen der Solidarität und kommen Sie am Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2005, nach Bern

Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie bei: Stefan Siebenhaar, Bethlehem Mission Immensee, Telefon 041 854 11 00, E-Mail ampagne@bethlehem-mission.ch; Petra Ivanov, HEKS Kommunikation, Telefon 01 360 88 00, E-mail ivanov@hekseper.ch

Welt-Aids-Tag, Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2005, 18.00 Uhr Bundesplatz, Bern

http://www.bethlehem-mission.ch


23.02.2006 | MAINSTREAMING DU VIH/SIDA EN PRATIQUE

DDC, Ausserholligen | Le cours fournit des informations et des connaissances pour le mainstreaming du VIH/sida et renforce la motivation et la compétence des participant (e)s à considérer la pertinence de la problématique VIH/sida dans le contexte de leur travail.

A la fin de la journée, les participant(e)s sauront: - Connaître ce que signifie la riposte élargie et appliquer les concepts de réduction de risque/vulnérabilité et de la diminution des effets négatifs - Comprendre le concept du “mainstreaming VIH/sida” et sa dimension multisectorielle - Connaître les élément les plus importants du manuel "mainstreaming VIH/sida en pratique" et comprendre comment l'utiliser - Avoir développé une compréhension de base pour la mise en oeuvre (principes et étapes importantes) du concept du mainstreaming - Connaître où trouver d’autres informations et des ressources sur le sujet (par secteur) - Avoir partagé leurs expériences et questions.

Français: 23 février 06 Englisch: June 22, 06

http://www.deza.ch


27.04.2006 | VIVRE ET TRAVAILLER DANS UN CONTEXTE MARQUÉ PAR LE SIDA

Bienne | Le sida n'affecte non seulement chaque aspect de la vie des populations concernées, mais il a également un impact considérable sur la vie et le travail du personnel expatrié de la CI. Ce séminaire de cinfo a pour objectif d’accompagner les participant-e-s afin qu'ils/elles puissent mieux gérer ce défi.

Public-cible: - Collaborateurs/trices des organisations de la CI - Personnes accompagnantes

Animation: Nathalie Vesco (DDC), Consultante Véronique Schoeffel, cinfo

  1. avril 2006 31 août 2006 10 octobre 2006

http://www.cinfo.ch