High-level side event precedes kick-off of International AIDS conference
Special announcements by UNITAID and The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund
Co-chairs: Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director and Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organization Director-General.
Participants include representatives of governments, civil society, including faith-based organizations, parliamentarians and academics
Following opening comments by Lake, Chan and J. Stephen Morrisson, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, BBC journalist Jane O’Brien will moderate two discussions on innovations to reach the elimination of HIV infections among children worldwide by 2015.
- 10:15 am – 11:00 am: Options B and B+: Prioritizing a Single Drug Regimen for Clinical Effectiveness and Operational Simplicity
- 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Programmatic Approaches and New Technologies for Optimal Results with:
Light lunch will be offered.
The event will be live-streamed at: new.livestream.com/unicef
Sunday, 22 July, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
1800 K Street NW, Washington D.C
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The 2012 International AIDS Conference opening in Washington, D.C. on 23 July 2012 is a pivotal moment to take stock of the HIV response. Four years remain to achieve the HIV-specific targets of Millennium Development Goal 6. The “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015, and keeping their mothers alive” accelerated progress and lifted the momentum internationally. However, exceptional efforts are still needed to achieve these goals in 22 countries -- home to nearly 90 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV in need of services. Innovation, in terms of technologies and programmatic approaches, will be central to realizing the Global Plan’s ambitious targets.
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For further information, b-roll or to obtain credentials to attend the event, please contact:
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media,
Tel + 1 917 378 2128
Sarah Russell, WHO,
Tel + 41 79 598 6823
Veronique Taveau, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,
Tel + 41 79 362 97 04
Sarah Mascheroni, UNITAID,
Tel + 41 79 728 73 11,
Elyse Margolis, for the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund,
Tel. +1 917 612 3997