Global Fund: We Are Here to Stay
Addis Ababa, December 08, 2011 - 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. The final plenary session of the 2011 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) left the…Read more...
ICASA 2011 at a Glimpse
Addis Ababa, December 08, 2011 - ICASA 2011, Africa's largest conference on HIV/AIDS, brought together more than 10,000 participants from 103 countries, including scientists, health workers, people living with HIV, policy makers, civil society and non-governmental organizations, activists and government representatives to share and learn about successes, challenges and innovations in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS ended on the 8th of December 2011 as scheduled. The extraordinary conference served as a platform whereby many professionals networked, shared experiences and…Read more...
Sexual Reproductive Rights Equals Right to be Protected
Addis Ababa, December 07, 2011 - Recognizing and respecting sexual reproductive rights among women and adolescents was the main message at the plenary session on the third conference day of the 2011 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA). Key note speaker, Tewodros Melesse, reminded thousands of attendees that "sexuality is not a western concept" and enjoying rights means "accepting a difference of opinion." In today's Africa, recognizing and upholding human rights-especially woman's reproductive rights and…Read more...