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AIDS 2012: preparations underway for US to host conference
Mar 22nd, 2011 - 15:03:20
Source:* Voice of America News*
The Obama Administration's January 2010 repeal of a 1987 law prohibiting people with HIV from entering the country has given the green light for the
preeminent global AIDS conference to return to the United States for the first time since 1990. The 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)
will convene in Washington, July 22-27, 2012. With its 3 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, the nation's capital has the highest rate of any US city.
This irony is not lost on International AIDS Society President and AIDS 2012
Conference Co-chair Dr. Elly Katabira. "The epidemic in the US and in
particular Washington, D.C., is not very different from other highly
affected countries in the sub-Saharan region and other regions of the
world," said Katabira. "So, coming here would give us an opportunity to
share the experiences, learn from each other, mistakes and so on."
The US House has proposed cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from the
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a move that Katabira inveighed
against. "The rest of the world has stood on the benefits of the US
government and the people of the US," commented Katabira. "Once they hear
that even the US is cutting down they may think it is relevant for them also
either to the status quo or to cut the funding." Katabira's personal goal
for AIDS 2012 is heightened leadership and accountability, using whatever
resources it receives "as effectively and efficiently , so we can reach much
more people than we are doing today with the current funding." To ensure its
relevance in 2012, the conference theme will not be selected until late this
year, he said.
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Adeyemo Damilare Gabriel
Regional Focal Point - West Africa
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AID (GYCA)
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