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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
London conference to focus on HIV/AIDS
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¬†HIV and AIDS will be top of the agenda next Saturday at a half-day event organised by development charity the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR). Focus on HIV and Aids will give CIIR members, supporters and friends the chance to hear a range of speakers discuss issues surrounding the spread of HIV and AIDS and how to increase worldwide access to treatment. The event will include seminars on the Stop AIDS campaign, CIIR's work on HIV and AIDS and HIV and the church. A UNAIDS report published in December 2003 outlines how a global strategy aims to bring antiretroviral treatment to three million people by 2005. Dramatic and sustained increases in resources and political commitment from countries in the North, as well as from those most affected by HIV and AIDS in the South, are needed in order to reach the goal. Ron Norgard, CIIR Joint Programme Manager for Zimbabwe and Namibia and a specialist in HIV and AIDS, said: "Meeting such a challenge is going to need a real mobilisation of political will and resources, including from people in the North. "We are looking forward to meeting more of our members and finding out how together we can really make a difference for the millions of people suffering from HIV and AIDS across the world." Speakers will include Kirsty McNeill, campaign manager at the Stop AIDS campaign; Harry Walsh, a specialist on HIV and AIDS with emphasis on the church and a faith-based response; CIIR executive director Christine Allen; and Ron Norgard, CIIR's Joint Programme Manager for Zimbabwe and Namibia. The day will conclude with a session on how to get active in campaigning on these issues. The event takes place from 1.15pm to 5pm on Saturday 5 June at the London Voluntary Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7. Tickets are £6, with a reduction for CIIR members.
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