Today marks the final day of the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2011, which took place in Addis Ababa's state-of-the-art conference center, the Millennium Hall.

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Friday, 09 December 2011 06:56

Global Fund: We Are Here to Stay

 

When the Global Fund's Deputy Executive Director, Debrework Zewdie, was about to reminded audience members that the Global Fund's commitment to treat Africa's HIV/AIDS population is not in demise, a column of nearly 100 activists silently marched through the plenary carrying signs pressuring African governments and donors to recognize ownership of the AIDS epidemic.

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Under the banner “Getting to zero,” UN leaders and community representatives engaged in a passionate exchange on sustainable funding for the AIDS response in Africa. The discussion was overshadowed by mounting concern over the recent cancellation of Round 11 by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).

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More women involved in high level decisions concerning HIV/AIDS in Africa, restoration of the Global Fund by donor countries who have backed out of their commitments and fewer excuses by donor countries for lack of funding.

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As the economic crisis continues to reduce global HIV/AIDS funding-especially among African countries-leaders from the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) called on African governments to step up and fill the funding gap.

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As the 16th International Conference on AIDS in Africa (ICASA) gets underway in Ethiopia, UNICEF is appealing to governments and donors to keep up their support for HIV and AIDS programmes across the continent and seize the opportunity to eliminate new infections among children.

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The XVI International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) opened on Sunday 4 December in Addis Ababa. Delegates from across the world are convening in Ethiopia to discuss the HIV-related challenges faced by Africa, as well as future strategies for consolidation and development of national AIDS responses.

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On 01 December 2011 the Regional Inter-Agency Task Team on Children and AIDS – eastern and southern Africa (RIATT-ESA) launched its children’s photo exhibition online at www.riatt-esa.org. Vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS from Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa took photos using disposable cameras along the theme of “What my community does for me and what I do for my community”. The photos will also be exhibited at the upcoming International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) to be held from 4-8 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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